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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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Address: 1111 North Bellevue Boulevard, Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone Number: 402 731 3140
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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More than 1,000 acres of forested hardwoods and wildlife-filled...

More than 1,000 acres of forested hardwoods and wildlife-filled wetlands include a nature center with animal exhibits and children's programs.

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I grew up across the st from Fontenelle, its grown so much, I was great to see and hike with the trees

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Allison F
Bellevue, Nebraska
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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was our second visit to this commercial forest along the Missouri River. The earlier visit was around Christmas so the leaves were gone from the deciduous trees. This time was in September so it was green with interesting wildflowers. The provided map could easily be improved by putting the mileage on the trails instead of having to look at... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We went in to ask about the annual family membership, the woman at the desk acted like I was inconveniencing her. While I was talking to her, my wife looked at the map, the whole time the woman kept eyeballing her. As I was completing my questions, my wife started to walk towards the back window to look out it,... More 

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Brad W, Director of Developement & Communications at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear of your experience here at the Forest. It is never our intent to make our visitors feel unwelcome. I invite you to contact me directly at 402.731.3140 x1014 to discuss this matter further. We are constantly striving to improve our Visitor Services interaction with the public and your input would be most welcome. -... More 

Bellevue, Nebraska
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I grew up across the st from Fontenelle, its grown so much, I was great to see and hike with the trees

Thank Allison F
Bellevue, Nebraska
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you are a photographer, love nature, have inquisitive children, or are looking to spend some time enjoying mother nature, you need to visit Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. Your view changes with each season, they frequently have traveling displays and education is always available. It's one of the many jewels here in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Thank sistersaint
Louisville, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We were there for my husband's granddaughter's wedding and reception It is a lovely facility in a beautiful setting.

Thank Carol C
Omaha, Nebraska
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This beautiful forest has been here forever and, with the lovely nature center, is a great place to visit and spend a day hiking and exploring! There is a mile long boardwalk if you don't want to get off onto the wooded trails. Our son and daughter-in-law were married here and it was absolutely beautiful! I hiked here as a... More 

Thank 4turtles
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a great place to get outside whether you want to be there all day or just for a quick walk. We did the boardwalk, which was perfect for our kids, who both use strollers. They enjoyed the outdoor play area and the basement playground. There were a couple different daycare/school groups there on the day we went, so... More 

Thank LilGoose M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Fontenelle Forest is a beautiful escape just about 20 minutes from Omaha. Paid admission gets you into the nature center, which is small but interesting, as well as the forest itself. There are free maps of the hiking trails available and the trails are well marked. There is a one mile board walk loop but the rest is hiking trails.... More 

Thank Sandy402
Bellevue, Nebraska
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love Fontenelle Forest. I've been a member for a long time, and I'm here most days. There are miles of trails, and the board walk is nice and stroller friendly. There are raptors on display and reptiles in the member center. The trails are great They're well marked and there are hiking trails for every level - easy walk... More 

Thank tamiwhammy
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I do recommend all nature lovers to take hikes through this forest it is just beautiful to see. In the spring and summer wear shorts and bring water because all that heat gets trapped in the lower area. There are so many different things to see in the Nature Center and the forest. You can see plants that you wouldn't... More 

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