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Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Address: 1111 North Bellevue Boulevard, Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone Number: 402 731 3140
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Bellevue
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Owner description: More than 1,000 acres of forested hardwoods and wildlife-filled wetlands include a nature center...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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English first
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was a members only children's event that you had to register for set from 3-5 pm. Unfortunately it was too bitter cold for a nature hike, but we walked around the indoor center and looked at the exhibits. The staff were wonderful. One lady dressed as Mother Nature. The boys ages 5, 9, & 14 had fun stomping on... More 

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omaha, ne
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35 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL-SERENE PLACE!!! Great place to hike and be in the beautiful nature of fontanelle forest. We had 4 adults to kids and walked for 3 hours down to the water--The scenery is break taking and i believe we got the leaves at their peak-well guided map-took us exactly where we needed to be--it is a must for people... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We have been visiting Fontenelle for years, every year most of the schools in the area take the children here at least once during school year. Such a beautiful , tranquil place. When family comes to town we usually visit here with them, and they get to see a bit of the forest in our surrounding area. The staff is... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

An excellent trip back to the past with ancient Indian sites and even the home of a hermit. Beautifully maintained with boardwalks and nature trails.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I just visited Fontenell Forrest for the first time with my company. It has a beautiful center that is clean and current when you enter. The forrest has hiking trails or you can stay on a bridge. It was very nice to adventure into nature and would be fun for a family afternoon.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Visited this morning with our kids (8 & 5). The trails are very nice and it was a great relaxing little hike with the kids. The map is informative for the different trail portions with distances listed. The trail is well marked also. The main building is very nicely set up and has a play area for kids in the... More 

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Salina
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36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Even though the Forest is in a small city, it very much feels off the beaten path. We had no more than stepped into the forest when we ran into a very vocal Tom turkey with his feathers splayed! We started walking along the boardwalk when it started lightly raining. To our surprise, the canopy of trees was so thick... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We love spending a morning or afternoon at 'The Forest'. It is a peaceful, natural oasis where you can view raptors, or be lucky to be there during a nature demonstration. There is a nice mile long wooden path if you are in a wheelchair or use a stroller. Otherwise, there are many nice walking paths to enjoy this local... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This park is wonderful. if you go into the main entrance there are boardwalks that allow all persons to explore. I would imagine they have a couple miles of boardwalk. Most people go into the main entrance but the hidden gem is the marsh/wetland area near gifford farm. This area of the park is host to the most amount of... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Great place to explore and think. It's amazing to gave this forest in the city. Lots of wildlife and family friendly. Check their website for special kids exhibits. I've also used this place for business retreats and community meetings.

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