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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

#4 of 62 things to do in Ithaca Features Animals
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
+1 800-843-2473
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Not just for the birds

You can see natural beauty up close and personal here. The visitors area has high power binocular... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Albany, New York
A Must Visit for any Nature Lover

Many easy trails and of course lots of birds. Some people complain that you can still hear traffic... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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“bird watching” (41 reviews)
“bird lovers” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850-1923
+1 800-843-2473
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Reviewed yesterday

You can see natural beauty up close and personal here. The visitors area has high power binocular viewing options of their perfectly designed pond habitat. There is a easy hiking path through the grounds that allows for getting close to nature without heavy exertion.

Thank checkted22
Reviewed 6 days ago

Many easy trails and of course lots of birds. Some people complain that you can still hear traffic - but you are in a city! The 8 AM guided walk was lots of fun, with binoculars available for anyone needing them. It is worth taking...More

Thank rhumane
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden treasure...worth seeking out. You don't have to be a bird lover. The displays, art and viewing areas are excellent. Can be a short or long visit. We love the trails. Using the map you can choose or link a series of short beautiful walks....More

Thank MeganRoberts
Reviewed 1 week ago

We vacationed at the Finger Lakes because my sister wanted to visit here. We walked a short trail from the lab and didn't see many birds but the walk was enjoyable. The short films in the lab were amazing. Just sitting inside the glass wall...More

Thank Beverly J F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn more about the birds you know or those you've never seen before. Nice walking trails outside, as well as, many opportunities to learn and interact inside the beautiful facility.

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a Saturday morning and got there just in time for the tour. The docent was pleasant and knowledgeable enough, but I would have liked to see more specimens and hear a sample of bird audio. Instead we walked through corridors and had...More

Thank BrockportMom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today to see Jane Kim's bird mural and wow this is absolutely not to be missed. You will see a representative of every family of bird from the world in a giant mural. Overlaying this in black and white are the extinct birds. Besides...More

1  Thank esopus35
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sapsucker woods bird sanctuary has several trails to follow. It was a spontaneous descision to go bird watching and we were delighted our guide had extra pairs of binoculars to share with us. A lively location with ponds and surprisingly very few bugs at the...More

Thank E-Wolf-2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an outstanding preserved ecological habitat as well as an excellent museum and teaching facility.

Thank LeGrace B
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This was probably the busiest place we visited in Ithaca. A modern building with large viewing windows for observation and many trails for walking among nature's creations. Parking can be a little confusing and the gift shop is very high end and clearly overpriced.

1  Thank hovis111
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23 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
4 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
13 May 2016|
Response from KathrynSMarch | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no.