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Explore Cornell University and the Ithaca Area

Cornell Botanic Gardens is part of one of America’s most beautiful and renowned university campuses. We hope you get a chance to explore Cornell’s lively community on and off campus.

Exploring Cornell

Make your first stop Cornell University’s Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center where staff are on hand to orient you and answer your questions about Cornell. The Tang Welcome Center is located at 616 Thurston Avenue and is a short walk from Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center.

Learn more about visiting Cornell.

Ithaca is Gorges

Come for the beauty, stay for even more beauty! In addition to Cornell Botanic Gardens, there is an abundance of natural beauty throughout the Ithaca area including more gorges and waterfalls, lakeshore, forests, and other nature preserves. In addition to these natural destinations, Ithaca has an abundance of delicious, local food, the Farmer’s Market, nearby wineries, the Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall, live music, and more.

Learn all there is to experience around Ithaca.

Ithaca’s Discovery Trail

Cornell Botanic Gardens is part of the Discovery Trail, a partnership of top attractions in the Ithaca Area. The Trail includes the kid-friendly Sciencenter, bird exploration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wild animals of the Cayuga Nature Center, amazing fossils at the Museum of the Earth, art collections at Cornell’s Johnson Museum, local artifacts at the History Center and timely cultural events and books at the Tompkins County Public Library.

Learn more here.



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Food & Accommodations

What's available on site and in walking distance of the Nevin Welcome Center.