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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

#4 of 61 things to do in Ithaca Features Animals
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
+1 800-843-2473
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If you are a birdwatcher, then come to mecca

Affectionally called the Bird Lab. This Cornell facility is the mecca for birdwatcher. There are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave s
Interesting-all about birds

Went here to see what all the fuss was about. I have a cousin who loved this place. Only went... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy M
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159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
+1 800-843-2473
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Affectionally called the Bird Lab. This Cornell facility is the mecca for birdwatcher. There are numerous trails you can birdwatch from, or you can simply watch the birds visiting the bird feeders from the comfort of the lab's atrium. There are not many exhibits, but...More

Thank Dave s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here to see what all the fuss was about. I have a cousin who loved this place. Only went indoors as it was very hot. Saw the movie and sat looking at the views. Tried to find out if there was a penguin expert...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in the afternoon and strolled around the pond, on one of the well maintained trails. On our trip around the pond we saw a turtle, a squirrel. A chipmunk, three small birds, too far away to be Identified and a Robin. In the...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't have time to take the daily tour of the ornithology lab, but did look inside briefly (the employee at the front desk was very friendly and had good suggestions about where to walk as well as what to see inside) and take a...More

1  Thank gaviaimmer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the ¾ mile nature walk around the lake and saw only one red headed woodpecker. The trail is flat and easy and has two Lake overlook areas. Wonderful place for an easy nature walk. The building has lots of information about birds and...More

Thank dkata94598
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Used to be known as Sapsucker Woods, the Lab is a Mecca for bird lovers. It boasts many trails to watch the birds and a state of the art building that offers a panoramic views of a beautiful pond, habitat for many of the interesting...More

Thank Warren H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We fortunately live close by and use the trails around the building for short walks in all four seasons. Well maintained, quiet and surrounded by natural beauty all year long. There is an education center in the building, with a large viewing window where you...More

Thank MRes2012
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Flat trail, easy walking for small children and seniors. Great information in the Center. Family visiting from Florida enjoyed it.

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking to learn a lot as a visitor not a great place. Nice gift store but other than that not much to see. Nice walking path similar to what you would see anywhere

Thank TripMan2003
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is an excellent place for a peaceful walk through some very interesting landscapes... and you if are a 'birder' or just an interest in Birds the information center at the Laboratory has a wealth of information. The trails lead to some interesting bird habitat...More

Thank Salsgang
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What's going on today? is there a fee to get in? are there any exhibits outside? Thank you,
24 February 2017|
Response from Lisa K | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for your interest in visiting the Lab of Ornithology! Today is a beautiful day and while our guided tour took place at 11 am the Visitor Center is open until 4 pm and trails are open until dusk. The majority of... More
Do you have any bird tours that you offer? I will be in Ithaca August 10th Thru the 17th. Thank you Cindy
5 August 2016|
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Response from Carl S | Reviewed this property |
I hope you are not waiting for your answer from Trip Advisor! They refer questions to folks who have visited the venue in the past and not to the venue itself. As a result I received your question but I have no idea what... More
Can I take my dog on the trails?
14 May 2016|
Response from KathrynSMarch | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no.