Cayuga Nature Center

1420 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY (Directions)

Located on 120 acres of land overlooking Cayuga Lake, the Cayuga Nature Center cultivates awareness, appreciation, and responsibility for the natural world.

View live animals in outdoor and indoor exhibits.

See how life has changed under the surface of Cayuga Lake over the past 300 years in our new Cayuga Lake: Past and Present aquaria exhibit.

Climb TreeTops, our six-story tree house and get a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy.

See exhibits on the ecology of the Cayuga Basin in our historic Lodge.

Visit the Butterfly Garden in summer to see monarchs, swallowtails, and more.


Daisy the Fox

Cayuga Nature Center


Join a citizen science project in Our Changing Climate.

Hike our miles of trails through woodlands and meadows past ponds, streams, and waterfalls.


School's Out Camps!

Registration for our Winter and Spring School's Out Camps are now available!


Fox Trot 5k Trail Run

Sign up now for our 2019 Fox Trot 5K Trail Run and Kid's Fox Fun Run! The race will be on Sunday, September 29.





Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Daily: 10 am - 5 pm

Winter Hours (Labor Day through Memorial Day)
Thu - Mon: 10 am - 5 pm
Tue - Wed: Closed

Holiday Hours

The Nature Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.



Individual Admission Rates

Adult $5

Senior (65+) $4

College Student (with ID) $4

Youth (4-17) $3

Child (3 and under) Free

Members Free

EBT cardholders $1




TCATRide the bus! We are on Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Route 22 (Parks) (note that this runs during the Summer only).  The Cayuga Nature Center is stop #2932.


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We are proud members of:

Ithaca’s Discovery Trail                Blue Star Museums


Cayuga Nature Center is an educational venue of the Paleontological Research Institution.

Please note: For the safety of our visitors, staff, and Animal Ambassadors NO PETS ARE ALLOWED on the grounds or in the buildings at the Cayuga Nature Center. Service animals are welcomed.

When in Ithaca, be sure to also visit our other educational venues:
Museum of the Earth and Smith Woods.

Cayuga Nature Center