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Cayuga Nature Center

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Address: 1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850-9510
Phone Number: +1 607-273-6260
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Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological...

The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.Exhibits at Cayuga Nature Center enhance the amazing educational resources the outdoor world provides; since merging with PRI in 2011, renovated indoor and outdoor exhibits have transform the Nature Center into an engaging, dynamic center for nature, science, and recreation. Our visitors will use all of their senses to learn about the complexity of our environment, participate in preserving and protecting Earth’s resources, and more fully understand their roles in our world.

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Live wild animals!

The best part of my experience at the nature center was the live wild animals. They were all cute and it seemed like a good place for them to live. The museum itself is okay... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 10, 2016
Leslie W
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Hamburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Looking for Denison Falls, stopped at Nature Center to inquire location, it was there. The girl at the admissions desk was friendly, told us they were closing in 10 minutes however, we could wander the grounds after the building closed. Since we drove 25 miles to specifically view these falls, we decided to stay. We were told there is a... More 

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Thank Darlene K
Marissa Z, Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this review

Hello Darlene, Unfortunately, this year's drought has taken a toll on many local waterfalls and gorges, including Denison Falls and streams located on our property. The dry conditions have caused many falls to go dry, and we are sad to hear that you were disappointed. However, we hope that the rest of your time at the Nature Center was pleasant!... More 

Woodbury, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

The place is not well kept at all. Weeds everywhere. Mounted animals from 50 years ago falling apart. Butterfly gardens that looked awful. A turkey buzzard, fox, and a hawk was all that they had as animals outside. A tree house for kids. Not much to offer. Was there Sept 12th. Not worth the stop.

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Thank Dennis S
Marissa Z, Marketing Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this review

Hello Dennis, We truly value the opinions of our visitors and we apologize that we did not meet your expectations. I would love to have the opportunity to speak with you directly to discuss your experience and how we can improve. Please reach out to me at any time, my email is zuckerman@priweb.org. Best regards, -Marissa More 

Hector, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

My kids go here for summer camp, and it's a great program. We asked our kids to give us a tour of the place. They loved it and enjoyed showing us all their lean-tos they had built, where they cook their fish that they catch and the clay wall, where they learn to make pinch pots from natural clay. Grande... More 

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Thank Hectorgal
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

We stopped here along our drive to seek the rest rooms. Not only were the rest rooms new and clean, but the view of the falls was very impressive and reading the information boards about the history of the site was very interesting. It was a nice break and a memorable part of our trip. Glad we stopped.

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Thank Rick E
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Largely exhibits of dust-covered taxidermy. Tree house was interesting. Did not see any butterflies.

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Thank Quality_Control39
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The best part of my experience at the nature center was the live wild animals. They were all cute and it seemed like a good place for them to live. The museum itself is okay... could be a little more interactive. The tree fort is awesome and well liked by my young companion.

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Thank Leslie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Private independent nature center. Beautiful grounds with woods, creek, open areas with views. Old building but has been kept up and modified to make it work well for the nature center. Offer great public programs throughout the year. Go out and support this fine local nature center!!

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Thank Wilderness4Ever
New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

People who like this destination are hard up for entertainment. $8 to see a room full of stuffed & mounted animals, 2 caged hawks, a fox (which we didn't see bc it didn't come out of its house), and a tree house built by high-schoolers. The supposed butterfly area I literally could not see. (Tip: Go to Vancouver for that!).... More 

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Thank Rossina G
Marissa Z, Marketing Manager at Cayuga Nature Center, responded to this review

Hello Rossina, We take every review seriously and we always strive to improve the visitor experience. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Please reach out to me at any time, as I would love to speak with you directly about your visit. My email is zuckerman@priweb.org. Best regards, -Marissa More 

Burlington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

The Cayuga Nature Center ranked on my list of things to do if the weather turned unfavorable during our stay near Trumansburg, NY. Cue our rainy Sunday morning visit! The building itself is a curio, built as a “preventorium” to aid children exposed to tuberculosis. Back in the 1930’s, children stayed in the large, rambling building to enjoy fresh air... More 

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Thank writearts2
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a good introduction to the ecology of the area. They have lots of exhibits and some live animals as well. Foxy the Fox is super cute and there is a hawk and a turkey vulture. There is a very cool tree house that allows you to stand in the canopy and look down at the birds and other... More 

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