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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
Phone Number: (256) 350-6639
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really nice NWR.

Really nice refuge. Whooping cranes were present. One negative is that there was no wildlife drive. That would have made viewing much easier

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2014
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Really nice refuge. Whooping cranes were present. One negative is that there was no wildlife drive. That would have made viewing much easier

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Athens, Alabama
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132 reviews 132 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We have enjoyed Wheeler Wildlife for MANY YEARS. In fact out children were greatly influenced by their wildlife education from here. Great scout trips or fun visits with us it was all enjoyed. The observation room is great. Outdoor walkways with various looking terrain like flat or swampy places. Cyprus stumps are interesting how they grow. Just a really cool... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit here. It was not peak season, but we still had a great time and saw several birds. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable. We are definitely going to return during the winter when more wildlife is there. I took my 5th and 2nd graders on a field trip. We homeschool, and we are always... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We dropped the teenager at the water park and the 3 adults sped our time at the wildlife park and at Cooks and we really enjoyed ourselves. If u have half a day and want to relax, come here. Watch the birds, walk to the lake, and see the short film u will enjoy it.

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Keokuk, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Free with quality exhibits, theatre, maps and restrooms indoors. Nice trails, bird feeders, spotting scopes for close ups outdoors.

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Decatur, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Wheeler Wildlife Refuge is a combination of an outside and inside adventure. The inside offers life-size views of the local animals in a natural habitat. There is also a video shown of the birds in the Refuge. A hands on display lets one handle different items found there-like turtle shells, feathers, snake skins,etc. The outside has a short walk... More 

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Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

While exploring new places, I like to wander onto spots where both my dog and I can be off the leash and just play. Such is Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. You would never know it is there if you weren't really looking for it. Right off of the main interstate roads (and I mean RIGHT off of it) with no fan... More 

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LaGrange, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Excellent nature center, observation tower, and staff. The staff members were extremely friendly and informative. They happily answered all of our questions and provided interesting and valuable insight into the refuge and wildlife present. The observation tower provided awesome climate controlled views for wildlife viewing including free spotting scopes. The nature center was informative and interesting. A great stop for... More 

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gulfcoast florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Wheeler Refuge was designed from a bunch a flat, faceless land as a sanctuary for waterfowl. This place is wonderful. The Observation Center is fully staffed and a must-do for any trip to the area.

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Savannah, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

If you like quiet walks, or bird watching this is the place to go if you are near Decatur / Priceville AL. The cost is zero. They have a visitors center and an observation building.

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