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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Address: 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 800 843 2473
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Relaxing and amazing place to feel nature

We come up here monthly and one of our must stops is this place. The birds are mesmerizing am not a normal bird watcher but there is something so captivating about watching birds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Suzanne T
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Jersey City, United States
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Jersey City, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We come up here monthly and one of our must stops is this place. The birds are mesmerizing am not a normal bird watcher but there is something so captivating about watching birds and sitting still to wait for one to come by. And the when you focus on the sounds they make, you forget about everything else.

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Thank Suzanne T
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My three year old son and I enjoy visiting The Lab of Ornithology. The viewing area is great for rainy days, the theater has educational and entertaining videos for all ages, and the trails are never the same- always something new to see depending on the time of day or season. We are fairly new to Ithaca and the Lab... More 

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Thank Melissa S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Walking the trails at the Lab of O is a great activity for individuals, families, couples, etc. The trails are very nice, you always see cool birds and other animals. They have also done a really nice job with the indoor learning activities and the gift shop is nice!

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Thank ccg2005
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

These days, with mayhem and horror both inside and outside the movies, it's hard to find things to compete with paintball for the kids, but the Lab of O is one of those gems of an exception. Whether or not you can persuade your visiting nieces, nephews or grandchildren to walk quietly around the pond, the array of binoculars and... More 

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Thank KathrynSMarch
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Great view from the reading room. A peaceful place to read or study. Good for walks around in the summer and fall. They have binoculars for bird watching.

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Thank GustavoTourist
Hamburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Beautiful facility- fantastic grounds- lovely trails Second visit here- since this was late fall the bird sightings were scarce as most had migrated- did see several woodpeckers on our hike- lovely dragonflies and a few turtles Really awesome trails that are well maintained and easily traversible for all Can't wait for another visit- maybe in springtime with more activity, but... More 

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Thank Stacey K
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Very nice exhibits open to the public. I watched an amazing film on the mating rituals of Birds of Paradise never previously captured or recorded by any person. Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman had succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. I also really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The free morning guided bird hike is great. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave tons of great info about the birds and nature in general. Easy hike and super informative.

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Duncannon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The lab has a room in which you can listen to bird calls. The seats at the plate glass windows are welcoming and you just feel like spending some time and getting in touch with species you haven't seen in awhile. The trails are well maintained and fun. You can take a nice little hike in twenty minutes, or stroll... More 

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Thank Betsy R
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

There are so many things for bird lovers to do here! It's best to go early morning or later afternoon, but the birds and frogs outside are so interesting, and so is the interior of the building. Gift shop has books and bird recordings too! There are also lots of people to answer your questions about birds. And lots of... More 

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