Plan Your Visit

What to See and Do

From gorge hikes to garden strolls, Cornell Botanic Gardens is yours to explore.

Monthly Guide: Plan your visit using the monthly guide.

Calendar: Click on our online registration portal to see what's happening when you’re planning to visit, or call ahead to schedule a tour for your group.

Etiquette: Please observe our rules of etiquette while visiting Cornell Botanic Gardens.

Guide Books: To help you explore Cornell Botanic Gardens, purchase guidebooks at the gift shop in the Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden.

Plant Labels: All plants in our accessioned collection are labeled. Click here to learn what labels will tell you.

Trip Planner

No matter what your particular interest or time frame is, here are our recommendations for things to see and do during your visit.

Garden Inspiration: Want inspiration for your home garden or landscape? Click here.
Native Plants: Interested in upstate New York’s native plants? Click here.
Time Limit: Only have an hour or two? Click here.
Family Fun: Visiting with family? Click here.
Birding: Enjoy birdwatching? Click here.

Scenic Spots: Looking for a scenic spot to sit and reflect? Click here.
Hiking: Want to take a nature hike? Click here.

Visitor Services

Visitor information is available at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Gardens. For more information conctact us at (607) 255-2400, or e-mail

Food Service

Coffee, tea, bottled drinks, and packaged snackes are available in the Nevin Welcome Center. Additionally, our gardens and natural areas are delightful places to bring a picnic lunch. Please remember to carry out all trash and leave your picnic area as you found it.

Trillum Express is located in Kennedy Hall on the Ag Quad, which is a short walk from the Botanical Gardens.

Collegetown Bagels
serves bagels, soups, sandwiches, and coffee; it’s a short walk from Cornell’s central campus.

On Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April through October, the Ithaca Farmer’s Market on Cayuga Lake includes a wide variety of food vendors.

Search for places to eat in the Ithaca area.

Area Information

About Cornell

About Ithaca

Cornell Botanic Gardens is part of the Discovery Trail, a partnership of local educational organizations that promotes awareness and understanding of the connections among art, history, literature, science, and the natural world.

Area Accommodations

The Ithaca area offers many hotels, motels, and inns. Book through Hotels Combined or your favorite travel site.