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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
Phone Number: (256) 350-6639
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Sneaking up on nature

Any time that you go the Refuge, you will get to enjoy the beauty of nature whether it is the animals or the scenery.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Decatur, Alabama
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Decatur, Alabama
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Any time that you go the Refuge, you will get to enjoy the beauty of nature whether it is the animals or the scenery.

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Thank ms_sarcasm
Decatur, Alabama
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whatever time of the year I go there is something different going on. Songbirds in spring and ducks in winter. Oh and cranes, lots of long legged, awesome in the air, Sandhills , and a few of those amazing Whooping cranes. The observation tower and the boardwalk through the Cyprus trees with their knees sticking up above the water are... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to get out in nature. Great observation building for seeing the whoopers, sandhill cranes and ducks. Feeders around the place bring in lots of birds too.

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Thank bfcantwell
Greater Cincinnati
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first time to the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge and amazed by how many migrating shore and water birds could be seen through the one-way glass of the excellent Observation Building a short walk from the Visitor's Center. Had to have been thousands. We're eager to go back next time we are near Decatur.

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Thank gerry712
Decatur, Alabama
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to take kids. It is free and you can see lots of displays inside and then walk out to the observatory to watch the birds. Ideal for a day trip with grand kids.

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Thank zjrc31
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you to the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge for a great Whooping Crane Festival. Our family really enjoyed seeing all the amazing waterfowl birds coming in and we were thrilled to see our first Whooping Crane! It was so beautiful to see an Endangered Animal right here in our own Alabama. The festival was very educational and informative about the cranes... More 

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Decatur, Alabama
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoy this with all ages and ability's. The observatory is only a short walk from the parking lot and has lots to look at any time of the year.

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Thank Betty P
New Market, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Offers good exposure to ducks, geese and other wildlife. Observatory has viewers facing many directions for up close viewing. Perfect place to,just sit or trails for brisk walks. Several photo ops will present themselves. Good place for children,and those with difficulty walking in my opinion.

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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful place to take the family - if your interested in wildlife this is the place for you! Loads of migrant birds to watch - the facilities are well equipped with wonderful examples of the local wildlife!

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Thank 1busyman
Decatur, Alabama
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

So much to see and do here. Worth your time if you are driving through the area. A large number of duck and geese flick here every winter and stay until spring. Stop by and take a tour.

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