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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
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Great place for wildlife photography

Been here several times. Great place to photograph birds, but timing is everything. Some days you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cayray1
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Fair Play, South Carolina
Such a wonderful surprise!

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Seneca Falls! We arrived on Friday about 9:30am and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lauren S
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the refuge contains 7,068 acres for the resting, feeding and nesting habitat of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bald eagles” (17 reviews)
“visitor center” (25 reviews)
“bird watching” (11 reviews)
LOCATION
3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
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+1 315-568-5987
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"bald eagles"
in 17 reviews
"visitor center"
in 25 reviews
"bird watching"
in 11 reviews
"small birds"
in 6 reviews
"canada geese"
in 5 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 5 reviews
"black birds"
in 5 reviews
"few hours"
in 6 reviews
"the reserve"
in 6 reviews
"great blue heron"
in 5 reviews
"mile loop"
in 3 reviews
"cell phone"
in 5 reviews
"spring and fall"
in 5 reviews
"birds including"
in 3 reviews
"great place to view"
in 3 reviews
"observation tower"
in 3 reviews
"nature lovers"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here several times. Great place to photograph birds, but timing is everything. Some days you don't see much of anything, other days there is an abundance of wildlife. Lots of blue heron, variety of cranes and osprey in the area. Eagles also in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Seneca Falls! We arrived on Friday about 9:30am and were looking at maps and brochures in the outer lobby, since the visitor center didn’t open until 10. We noticed that there was a story time...More

Thank Lauren S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I made sure to get to Montezuma early in the morning. First thing I did was drove through the Wildlife Dive. This is a place to see wildlife in your car. You drive really slow and if needed pull over and photograph/watch. I saw a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff here was nice. Not over-the-top friendly but they were definitely not rude. This is a good place if you're really interested in Birds. Did you know Ranger booklet was a bit hard to follow because the people that work here don't know anything...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove through the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge on a day when it was really hot and fairly busy. We regretted not bringing our binoculars along as it seemed like those who were well-prepared were loving every minute of it. We then traveled to the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great drive if you want to spend an hour winding through fields and marshlands looking for birds. Bring binoculars! We saw various small birds: wrens, swallows, red-winged blackbirds, as well as several wading water birds: ducks, herons, egrets, and ospreys flying overhead....More

1  Thank JeepGirl19
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was there for the first time last year. I LOVED it! I've heard different things from different people, but when we visited, there was never a dull moment. There were eagles, vultures, something in the air at all times. I've had other people tell...More

2  Thank Jodi K
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Reviewed June 4, 2018

My wife and I stopped to see what this was and spent over two hours just driving the loop. The number of different birds we saw was amazing. There is no charge and it is definitely worth a visit. My wife and I are not...More

2  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

What a great way to view birds- for birders of all levels and ability. You can walk easy paths and drive around the observation loop. There are bird blinds to watch bird activity. We even saw an otter. The bald eagle nests are very impressive...More

1  Thank preas1986
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

This is our dawn drive. Creeping slowly thru the refuge spying on bald eagles, osprey, a variety of water fowl and more. It never disappoints.

1  Thank ptsarlene2004
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Ann L
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Rosemary C | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't know. It might be listed on a website or in a AAA travel book which I no longer have in my possession.
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melissakind
August 30, 2017|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
There is no place to launch in the swamp. On Routes 5/20 across from the swamp is a boat ramp on the Seneca River which runs along side the swamp. It connects to Cayuga Lake to the south or Clyde River to the north. They are... More
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Don W
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Mike A | Reviewed this property |
Not really. They are impaved. The entrance to the visitor center is paved but after that it is gravel
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