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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching

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Bird watch under the big birds

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Dordogne, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Be very careful! Keep a look out for local dentists with guns! Maybe you will be OK though, didn't see any lions or rhino while I was there.

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

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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38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had a lot of fun and biking the trails. It's was very beautiful, and we seen some wildlife! Even a garter snake that was in the middle of the path! Loved it, will definitely go back!

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We stopped at the MN National Wildlife Refuge visitors' center first thing on a cold, rainy Friday morning. Once inside, my attention was immediately drawn to a bird feeding station on the other side of a large window. I and other visitors were able to see a variety of birds feeding close up, including a huge Pileated woodpecker. There were... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I didn't have a chance to explore much outside, only a quick visit to the visitor center. They have a wonderful little store inside with a wide variety of books, patches, hats and other souvenirs. There are many informative displays in the visitor center, as well as a large auditorium. I loved the wall hangings, that displayed a picture made... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This place has a lot of trails on a lot of beautiful different settings, if you want to be by the river, you have a selection of trails there where you can see lots of different birds that you don't normally see if you don't live in an area such as this, tons of forest trails and nice field trails.... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Not too many places where you can see wildlife in a big city. Nice assortment of trails, lots of programs, and a fine visitor center. N entrance fees. Visited in December and had to walk through a small flock of wild turkeys just to get in the visitor center door! Great place for birdwatching.

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Additional Information about Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone Number: 952 854 5900
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Bloomington
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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