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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
952 854 5900
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Bloomington
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Most recent review
- Jul 10, 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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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139 reviews 139 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Charleston SC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Very accessible nature center located across the street from the Hilton hotel. Paved and gravel paths take you down to the river bottoms with 2-5 miles marked paths through an undeveloped area of "old Minnesota" less than a mile from the airport. Very unique spot--wild within shouting distance of the urban sprawl. Check it out.

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Billund, Denmark
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88 reviews 88 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I stayed at the Hilton, so it was the nicest place close to the hotel to go for a walk. I took a walk down to the river, which was introduced as "strenuous". It was absolutely not and took only a short time. There is a nice little museum and bookstore. I think the bookstore has a lot of interesting... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is special because it is a 'rural area' in an urban setting. I SO appreciate that the Twin Cities area has had the foresight to set aside lakes, parkland and wildlife areas in the urban areas themselves for many to enjoy. THIS is what makes this area so special and MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge is very near the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This wildlife refuge sits right next to the airport. It is very peaceful except when a plane took off. While we didn't see much wildlife, the trails were well marked. Because some of the trails were flooded, we weren't able to continue our hike, but it was a great place for some peace and quiet.

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a refuge that goes along the river where you seldom run into many others and you can hardly help but see birds of prey,deer,turkeys and smaller ceatures.

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