Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell Botanic Gardens

The 4,000-acres that make up Cornell Botanic Gardens are free to explore and are full of opportunities to learn about plants and environmental conservation.

This area on Cornell University’s campus, previously know as “Cornell Plantations”, includes 12 specialty gardens around the Nevin Welcome Center, the 100-acre F.R. Newman Arboretum, and surrounding natural areas.

Botanic Gardens

Unfortunately, we did not leave nearly enough time to explore the area fully, though I can’t say I regret spending too much time at Ithaca’s gorges and waterfalls! We absolutely need to go back and dedicate more time to the gardens and trails around Beebe Lake that go over the Sackett and Triphammer Foot Bridges.

Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens
Cornell Botanic Gardens

F.R. Newman Arboretum

You can drive through the arboretum and appreciate the beauty from your vehicle. You can also walk the trails through a diverse collection of trees and shrubs, over rolling terrain with beautiful views of the meadows, ponds, and sculptures. Either way, it is worth the trip!

FR Newman Arboretum
FR Newman Arboretum
FR Newman Arboretum
FR Newman Arboretum
FR Newman Arboretum

More information about Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cost: Free

Located in Ithaca, 120 minutes / 90 miles from Rochester (get directions)

Maps from Ithaca Trails

More information: cornellbotanicgardens.org

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