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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
952 854 5900
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Bloomington
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Most recent review
- Aug 28, 2014
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English first
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There are stunning views of the Minnesota RIver valley at this refuge. There are miles and miles of hiking to the east and the west. You would never believe that you are just minutes away from the airport and the mall of America. The peace and serenity are in each step you take, and if you are lucky will see... More

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Seattle
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We had a few hours to spend before our flight home. We decided to stretch our legs and take a walk. The visitor center is new and lovely. It was nice to see the birds flocking to the feeds they keep right outside. The butterfly garden was nice too. The walk in a wildlife refuge though is not like a... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Loved the viewing platform just outside the Visitor's Center, overlooking a field of wildflowers and surrounded by trees. Loaded with lots of birds! Saw my first male indigo bunting, who stayed in the area for hours singing. Never seen so many various woodpecker species in one spot - and lots of them! Trail down to the river is a nice... More

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went here to bike and it had limited paved trails. I am sure it had a lot of mountain bike trails but the paved trials seemed very short.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

After two other hikes on my half free day I took a short hike.It was starting to get a little dark out and I was getting tired.I took my shower and a had a great late dinner.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a location I like to travel to when I want to shoot photos of wild life, both big and small.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I stayed at the Hilton which is across from the welcome center. The trail head has about a .4 mile steep decent then it levels out for the next 2 miles. The trail was under water in 50 to 100 yard stretches that forced you into the higher grass at times. Over all if dry I think it would be... More

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McHenry, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We went here to keep the kids busy while waiting for the MOA to open. It was only ok, but that may be because it was freezing out and so we were only inside. The kids had fun birdwatching, and there were a couple cute activities there. I would definitely give it another try in warmer weather.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

It's a beautiful and peaceful area on the edge of the bustling Twin Cities and between several busy highways. Despite all that you don't hear or notice anything AT ALL from that. Because it's located in a valley the noise doesn't reach you at all. When I walked here in November I was completely alone and the fall landscape was... More

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Senior Contributor
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27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

its amazing that these trails are right in the city and close to the airport! You would never know it! They follow the Minnesota river and you feel as though youre in the country, not in the city at all.

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