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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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Beautiful place for a walk or bike ride

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Caroline B
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
44 helpful votes 44 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
8 attraction reviews
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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315 reviews 315 reviews
149 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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