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Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Phone Number: 315-568-5987
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Established in 1938 in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, the...

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.

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A fun place to visit

At the visitors center a very knowledgeable, friendly ranger answered our questions and made suggestions regarding seeing the refuge. She suggested that we might want to walk the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
uffels
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Staatsburg, New York
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Staatsburg, New York
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the visitors center a very knowledgeable, friendly ranger answered our questions and made suggestions regarding seeing the refuge. She suggested that we might want to walk the nature trail. As we did we saw some cute shore birds in the creek bed. This refuge also has viewing areas accessible by car where you can stop and watch a wide... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI
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429 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had hoped to have a chance to stop at the preserve but ran out of time. We were disappointed, but then still got to see a bit of it as we drove through it. We saw several nests on top of the telephone wires and birds in them. I am not 100% sure, but I believe they were osprey.... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually went here twice on our recent visit to the Finger Lakes. Both times we enjoyed just stopping the car and listening. What a wonderful place to watch the birds and other wildlife. I highly recommend.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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337 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

During our stopover in Seneca Falls, we visited the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We went to the visitor center to get a map and to ask some questions. The visitor center had restrooms and a small gift shop with postcards, T-shirts, pins, coffee, and more. The refuge was established in 1938. Over 300 species of birds have lived or stopped... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This is a great place to go birding. Shorebirds, waterfowl and warblers in migration are seen here. Stop at the visitor center for maps and info on any unusual birds. There are also many trails to walk around also.

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Rochester, New York
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81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful natural source of beauty. In line with many migration paths of many birds the refuge is always alive and changing every moment of every day. Ducks, geese, muskrats, beavers, ospreys and fish abound. Take a slow drive through the refuge for a refreshing look at nature.

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cincinnati
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We visited several time during our stay. Good place to go to photograph ducks. You are not permitted to get out of your car. All viewing an photography is done from the car. It is still a work in progress. I would visit again.

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Rochester, New York
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49 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Stop here if you get the chance! It was a sweet little center where young kids (and even adults!) can learn about the animals around us. There was a short walk (all flat) close to the center. And a loop around the area (budget about 30 mintues no stops). I would come again! I got to see some nice birds... More 

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Allendale, New Jersey
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We had only 30 minutes to spend but it is a place of great potential and deserves the high reputation that it enjoys. Open water, swamps, grasslands – all protected and well managed. We were a little early for the migration season but could still see a few hundred ducks and waders. Would love to go back with more time... More 

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Ballston Spa, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

absolutely love this place!!! Cant wait to return again during the summer and the fall so peaceful and just beautiful. my teenage son loved it

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