We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Great Bird Watching Location

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot not only migratory birds in the Spring... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lansdale, PA
Amazing for birders - whether serious or casual

I visited in November, so the walking trail was closed. however, the 3.7 mile drive around the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Read all 202 reviews
All photos (169)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bald eagles”(20 reviews)
“bird watching”(11 reviews)
“visitor center”(26 reviews)
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.
3395 Route 5/20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
+1 315-568-5987
Improve This Listing
Reviews (202)
Filter reviews
200 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bald eagles bird watching visitor center bring binoculars black birds small birds canada geese spring and fall mile drive great blue heron wonderful place few hours all kinds birds including water birds observation tower nature lovers
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 200 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago

Thousands of bird watchers visit the refuge each year, especially in the spring and fall. There are real eagles and not just the statue along the Thruway, as well as egrets and great blue herons. Very interesting place even if you aren't a bird watcher.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank maven1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to spot not only migratory birds in the Spring and Fall but also Bald Eagles, Osprey, Purple Martins and others. I have also seen Sand Hill Cranes, Swans, Beaver and many other species there. The perimeter drive...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JHPLansdale
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited in November, so the walking trail was closed. however, the 3.7 mile drive around the refuge was still amazing. So many waterfowl. The eagle statue is impressive.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tomlG3057ES
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After getting good advice from the Refuge Visitor Center we walked the nearby trail loop to enjoy the song bird habits and views of the river. During our drive around the wetlands it was a thrill to see such large numbers of species we don't...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RollCaster
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Everyone shoud visit there at least once in their lifetime. There are so many unique opportunities to see nature at its best. I have seen some of the most fascinating wildlife while visiting. American Bittern, Virginia Rail, all kinds of common ducks, Osprey with prey...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank slippednfell
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Montezuma Wildlife refuge is worth driving through. You never know what you might see. We saw eagles, geese, ducks and some other birds that we didn't recognize . We also saw several types of wildflowers. The drive through was relaxing and enjoyable and not overly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank katloyfriend
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This refuge is a wonderful place to watch migrating birds. It's important to understand that other than stopping at the main office and watching birds on their deck, as well as climbing the viewing tower, this is mostly a drive-through experience, very different than most...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ChangingWoman1
Reviewed September 27, 2018

We ignored the gem in our backyard. We got into birding in the South and now we have traveled to Montezuma. We are just learning about the various sites located in a fairly wide area. You can see a little or a lot depending on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank GrubBub
Reviewed August 30, 2018

I am an amateur photographer so a trip to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge is like a mini retreat. Just driving slowly and enjoying the flowers as well as the many varieties of birds. i have photographed eagles, egrets, blue heron, all kinds of ducks. I have...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Rennae C
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

So amazing! Be patient and wait for the birds is my best advice- plan lots of time but have your camera ready.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MommaCHae
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 nearby hotels
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seneca Falls
850 reviews
.75 miles away
The Gould Hotel
415 reviews
.82 miles away
Hampton Inn Seneca Falls
774 reviews
2.48 miles away
Quality Inn Near Finger Lakes and Seneca Falls
439 reviews
2.61 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 33 nearby restaurants
84 Fall
88 reviews
.80 miles away
Parkers Grille & Tap house
481 reviews
.80 miles away
Cafe Xix
64 reviews
.86 miles away
Downtown Deli
92 reviews
.81 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 18 nearby attractions
Women's Rights National Historical Park
372 reviews
.85 miles away
It's A Wonderful Life Museum
134 reviews
.77 miles away
National Women's Hall of Fame
91 reviews
.81 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Ann L
March 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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.
August 30, 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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
Don W
June 26, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
Travel Forum Posts
San Francisco
Trip Report: Kirtland - Niagara - Palmyra. Part 4 (5 Replies)
DAY 7 (Sunday) – FAYETTE. This is a totally rural location, where I went to church. The formal organization of the LDS Church and the first actual worship service were held at this farm about 25 miles east of Palmyra. The Whitmer family gave Joseph Smith and his wife a quiet place here to live and study. The Church has a historic site at Fayette with the farm house and fields, and a chapel is located on the property. It is a Mormon custom, as in many churches, to ask visitors to introduce...More
July 12, 2007|
Response fromrochesterwoman|
Wow,Frisco! What a great and detailed trip report! Thank you for that. I've lived in western New York (Spencerport, among other places) all my life and didn't know about some of the spots you visited. Glad that you enjoyed our little part of the world. Come back soon and concentrate on the Finger Lakes area... you love natural beauty... you just got to see the "tip" of the best the area has to offer. Thanks again. Lynn