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Cornell Botanic Gardens

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I still can’t believe this is on a college campus. The gardens are gorgeous and varied. Go during... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Jacquie N
Paradise Valley, United States
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The Cornell Botanic Gardens are wonderfully designed and laid out. We witnessed an impressive... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2018
Central Pennsylvania
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Cornell Botanic Gardens inspires people - through the cultivation of 150 acres of specialty gardens, conservation of plants and 3400 acres of natural areas, and the education of lifelong learners - to understand, appreciate, and nurture plants and...more
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124 Comstock Knoll Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850-2765
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

I still can’t believe this is on a college campus. The gardens are gorgeous and varied. Go during different seasons to see different things each time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jacquie N
Reviewed October 16, 2018

The Cornell Botanic Gardens are wonderfully designed and laid out. We witnessed an impressive display of color, in Upstate New York, in Mid-October! but the first frost had yet to arrive. Out timing was good there, but even with rain clouds gathering in the sky,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Beautiful expanse of land....much variety of trees ponds, rocks, hills, and flowers. Lovely hiking trails. Only negative is the trails are not maintained all the time and there's a tendency for Poison Ivy to show up in patches from time to time. On balance, this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Nicely done outdoor botanical garden. Late season flowers were still in bloom. Identified tags could be better, so we might select the flowers for our garden.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

While the star of the Cornell Botanic Gardens may be the 35 acre Nevin Welcome Center with it's 12 specialty gardens including herbs, flowers, vegetables, rock gardens, rhododendrons, perennials, ornamental grasses, groundcovers, vines etc all surrounding an architectural icon, don't miss out on the other...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Free maps available in the parking lot down the hill from the welcome center. Look for a canister holding the maps. Handicap parking is up the hill, closer to the welcome center. Nice gift shop in the welcome center. I bought a tote bag. Restrooms...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a lovely place to go, though as others said, it's small, which makes it very manageable for under an hour or so. The gift shop is small also but quite nice with a good selection of Cornell hats, t shirts and other interesting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

This garden is free to explore with free parking on the weekend. There is a gift shop and restroom on site. The garden is small and can be viewed in under a half an hour. The adjoining wildflower garden and arboretum are also free. You...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tloc1986
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Stopped here after driving all day. Thought it would be a nice place to walk around and stretch our legs. We're members of the Holden Arboretum, so we thought we'd use our reciprocal priviledges. As it turns out admission is free at Cornell, but you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank HootieToo
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Well worth the trip, but pretty small. The trellis garden is very well done and beautiful. Also try the pine tree area.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Stephen S
March 28, 2017|
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Response from billy K | Property representative |
It is. We just ask that you and your pet stay on all pathways, and you make sure to carry out any waste.
February 25, 2017|
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Response from mac_the_wild_rover | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the flower, but yes, there should be some pretty ones, according to locals. Check out the article 'Finding Spring Wildflowers' on Ithaca . com.
Stephen G
September 17, 2016|
Response from Q. C | Reviewed this property |
It could be cold and wet...but def. a jacket/heavy sweater. It also could be brilliant and colorful. Prepare for weather (rain) and be pleasantly surprised. Temperatures could be mid 60s...with cooler (40s) at night.