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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone Number: 952 854 5900
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Great family fun

This seems to be a treasure hidden in plain sight. Next door to the Airport Hilton, we were able to walk with our grandchildren into another world of nature, discovery and beauty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Denis B
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Austin, Minnesota
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Austin, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This seems to be a treasure hidden in plain sight. Next door to the Airport Hilton, we were able to walk with our grandchildren into another world of nature, discovery and beauty. I'd highly recommend it.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

One of the very few national wildlife refuges inside an urban environment in the country. Minnesota is within the flyway of migratory birds. It is eight refuge units strung along 34 miles of the Minnesota River. Open year around, the main visitor center has binoculars which you can borrow to view the birds feeding outside. Wild turkeys are found sometimes... More 

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Thank Alice C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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366 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice park located along the Minnesota River. The nature center that I went to was just south of the airport. It's not a big visitor's center, but it's nice. The trails are pretty good, and the look-out by the center is spectacular.

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Thank AndyB5542
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is part if the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge. It is located four miles south of Shakopee, on the west side of Hwy 169. You are well advised to go before or after the mosquito/tick season and after the spring flooding has subsided and dried. Also, I highly recommend avoiding the park during the Renaissance Festival as it shares... More 

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Thank Jean W
Reading, Vermont
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Have gone there on several occasions..havent seen much wildlife and on my recent visit there was a youth wildfowl hunting event going on which seemed a bit odd for a refuge..but the trails are pleasant enough and very close to the all the hotels.. I have enjoyed them on my visits here.

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Thank VeggieBurger569
Newton, Iowa
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We visited here when we were in town for a wedding, it was across the street from our hotel. Interesting displays inside. Got to see the wild turkeys strutting their stuff. We didn't have time to go on the walk outside on the trails, maybe next visit.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

See the most urban wildlife refuge ever. Right under the airport routes you can climb or stroll or observe nature at its best.

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Thank diane d
Columbia, Maryland
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124 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

In a recent trip to Minneapolis/Bloomington area we had an opportunity to birdwatch and hike through three areas of this refuge. Due to medical problems our walking was limited. We found the Bloomington Ferry unit of the refuge to be the most accessible. We were able to park very near to a arched bridge over the Minnesota River and spent... More 

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Thank hankski
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

The refugee is quiet and beautiful, but needs some maintenance. Our first so was the Louisville Swamp. Overall, it was beautiful. There are not many opportunities to see an oak savannah. However, the signs pointed to restrooms that never materialized, a lot of paths had not been maintained, and a washed out path resulted in a 1.5 hour detour. Also,... More 

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Ohio
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69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Very quiet hike down the hill into the refuge. Pretty steep going back up, but a good workout by the center. Nice views from on top.

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