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“Nature...all year round.”

Cumming Nature Center
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Naples
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Cumming Nature Center, part of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, offers outdoor opportunities almost all year long. There are various maintained hiking paths for different abilities and ages. The friendly staff will be glad to answer questions as you get ready for your hikes. There is a Heated Visitor Center with displays of wildlife and artwork .Bathrooms are available for your use. Programs are offered various times of the year...you can see them on their website. Trails are open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing during January, February, and March. (Skies and snowshoes are available for rent.) These trails are monitored by Ski Patrols who are very eager to offer help. "Maple Sugar Weekends" demonstrate how the pioneers made maple syrup and you can enjoy breakfast while you are there . (There is a seperate charge for the meal) You can also enroll your children in various summer programs....including bussing from Rochester, NY. A gem in the hills of Honeoye/Naples.

5  Thank Jerri M
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We haven't been to Cummings Nature Center in a few years, and decided to spend a gorgeous spring day hiking the trails. It wasn't quite what we remembered.

Everything seemed a bit ignored. The trails were missing some markers, we saw numerous broken drainage tiles throughout, some of the educational signs had been damaged, and some of the wooden walkways were warped and buckled. Even the map given at the visitor center was hard to follow. We saw a few other people standing mid-trail staring at the map and turning it around trying to make sense.

We still enjoyed seeing many types of birds, watching small fish swim through the streams, and looking for other wildlife. But hopefully, a good spring cleaning will bring this back to a pleasant adventure.

3  Thank Bookworm426
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The Cumming Nature Center is always a beautiful place to come and walk through the woods and view the nicely-arranged displays. However, I strongly encourage everyone to come to this facility during the two weeks in late March when they are actively harvesting the maple sap from the local sugar maple trees and boiling it down into syrup. It is a fun, beautiful, and educational way to spend part of a weekend day that you'd normally use to sit in front of the television set. But this is invigorating and fun!

On these weekends, for a nominal fee you can have a wonderful sit-down breakfast of three pancakes with REAL maple syrup, accompanied by sausage and your choice of beverage. And please, I beg of you to try the real maple syrup, especially if you have not done so before. It tastes 100 times better than the fake corn syrup junk you buy in the store. Once you've had real maple syrup, you will NEVER want to go back.

After breakfast, you can walk out the back of the visitor's center and onto the trails, which wind amongst the sugar maple trees in route to the sugar shack. Along the way, volunteers have set up displays that explain the entire process, from drilling into the tree and collecting sap to the extensive process of boiling down the sap to produce the syrup, (it takes 55 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup!) And, of course, they have more samples of syrup waiting for you to "sup" back in the sugar shack.

If you've never done this before, you've got to give it a try, ESPECIALLY if you have little ones in tow It's fun, and you'll want to come back year after year.

5  Thank Larry W
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

What a fun spot! We've been often because of easy access, a great docent to answer questions, and family friendly interactive trail experiences. It costs a bit to get in, but the money supports upkeep and it's a beautiful facility summer, fall and winter. Spring is muddy, but hey, mud is fun, too.

3  Thank MarieIC
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

We go here all the time just to get away. Beautiful untouched place. Lots of different trails. Check out the website for different programs they have.

3  Thank Charlene B
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