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National Wildlife Visitor Center

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Address: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708
Phone Number: 301-497-5760
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The largest science and environmental education center in the Department...
The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.
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Great way to spend morning

Exhibits inside were interesting- wildlife and conservation. Grounds were clean. We did some of the hiking trails-they aren't necessarily marked but we found our way.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Angela K
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Vienna, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Although there was a sign warning about ticks in the visitor center, my family was not verbally warned by the staff to stay out of grass. We did a short walk around the Merganzer Lake. We noticed deer ticks all over us and the dog. We spent the next two hours picking them off. Some were the nymphs that are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Exhibits inside were interesting- wildlife and conservation. Grounds were clean. We did some of the hiking trails-they aren't necessarily marked but we found our way.

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Bowie, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Easy to access wildlife observation. Children will love this place, and adults will be fascinated by what they see.

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Odenton, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful building that is well taken care of, informative and the staff is very helpful. There is a trail that goes through the expansive property that is delightful to hike when it is not too hot. Highly recommend.

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Hanover, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The park rangers and volunteers are so passionate about their job and eager to share their knowledge and experience with visitors. Do not skip out on the tram tour, and the chance to interact with these dedicated staff members. The trails were amazing. We were so fortunate to find this oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle by pure... More 

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College Park
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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222 attraction reviews
1,601 helpful votes 1,601 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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