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.

Sign the kids up for School’s Out or Summer Camp!

Registration for School's Out! Winter and Spring Camps, as well as our highly-acclaimed Summer Camp, are now available!

The Nature Center grounds are open to the public during regular Nature Center hours. Enjoy miles of trails along gorges and streams, surrounded by native habitat.


Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Fox Trot 5K, the race results are in!






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




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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