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National Wildlife Visitor Center

Address: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708
Phone Number: 301-497-5760
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Laurel
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.

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College Park
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I have taken my children and grandchildren to the Visitor's Center. There are a lot of interesting exhibits. Kids love the hands on exhibits. There is a shuttle that takes you around the area and explains the different areas. One area in side has binoculars that you can see the wildlife in the area. At times they show nature movies.... More 

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Glen Burnie
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83 reviews 83 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

We went for the honey festival and had a great time. My husband took the dog on the trails while I tasted different kinds of honey. Nice gift shop in Visitors center with local products.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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439 reviews 439 reviews
193 attraction reviews
1,124 helpful votes 1,124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Located within a 25-mile drive from DC and a 22-mile drive from Baltimore, the National Wildlife Visitor Center is part of the Patuxent Research Refuge, comprised of some 12,750 acres and is divided into three sections. The visitor center and related trails are located in the South Tract. There are about 550 National Wildlife Refuges operated by the U.S. Fish... More 

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97 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Where do take children on a cold, rainy day? This free museum is something nice. They don't sell food and you won't spend more than an hour here. I think this would be great for kids in grades 1-4

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Huntley, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I just finished completing a 4 day course held in the visitor's center. The facility is very well maintained and has many features I was unable to utilize. As for hosting an event- it was very adequate. The hours were slightly restrictive, but the largest disappointment was there is virtually zero cell phone coverage in the building and there is... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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147 reviews 147 reviews
53 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Great place to learn and see something new, lots of nature trails (wear something comfortable and bring water), lots of wildlife.

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Beltsville, Maryland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Take the kids, but don't ignore your inner kid. Lots of interesting things to see and experience. Take the tram around the bature trial but don't miss spying on the wildlife thru the giant binoculars.

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Laurel, Maryland
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42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Very nice place to see birds and other wildlife. Trails and tram rides through the area, and many public programs on special topics. But most importantly, this is the site where the NFWS breeds endangered whooping cranes. The chicks are raised here, then transferred to Neceda, Wisconsin, where they are taught to follow an ultralight to their wintering-over habitat in... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is a nice place to visit, No live animals. It only takes about a half hour or so to go through it..

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Columbia, MD
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The visitor center has many interesting displays and a nice indoor area for observing nature in bad weather or cold. There is guided tram tour with interesting info on local nature. If the weather is nice, enjoy a walk around the lke.

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