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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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Super Visitor Center!

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... read more

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

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I didn't go into the refuge, but the view of it from out hotel was gorgeous! It's nice to know that it's right there amid the hotels, shopping and airport.

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Colorado
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Stopped by the NWR on the way to the airport. The visitor center is located between the Mall of the Americas and the MSP airport. What a nice way to chill before boarding a plane. A viewing platform, a couple of large feeders, large glass windows and a nice wooden bench made for easy viewing of cardinals, jays, nuthatches, sparrows,... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You can access miles of trails easily and be in the beautiful wildlife area on trails that are easy to hike. Total stress reliever. You can walk as far as you like. The visitor center is great, although we usually just hop on a trail and walk as long as we like. We love it because it is right at... More 

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I come here when I want to do some major hiking. The trails here are endless and it's near impossible to get lost down here when you have a river next to you. As long as the river isn't flooded or recently flooded these trails are pretty good and rugged. Amazing views and endless bird varieties this place is great.... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The visitor's center is really nice; looks new. Unfortunately the trails are not well marked, so I was sometimes guessing where to hike.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I didn't hike but stayed at the hotel across the street. Friends hiked and enjoyed it. Get a trail map as my friends nearly got lost (under the freeway!!) but asked a bicycler for directions. It's a handy place for visitors staying at the Hilton Airport/Mall of America.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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