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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: More than 1,000 acres of forested hardwoods and wildlife-filled wetlands...
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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A Must-See!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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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 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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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 

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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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Cherokee, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A nature center with a large wildlife area. One of the things that most impressed me were the hiking trails. They even have one that is almost 2 miles long that is all board walk and elevated from the forest floor with some great views of the river. Great for wheelchairs. Some wheelchair occupants may need some help on some... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Fontenelle Forest is a great place to go and enjoy a relaxing walk either in their Boardwalk or on one of their trails. They have a fun kids area off the boardwalk with a tree house, xylophone, and areas for kids to explore nature. The forest puts on fun activities for kids like mud pies, and when the dinosaurs come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fontenelle Forest is a great place to go just to take a walk. The Grand Children enjoy the play area and walking along looking for animals and bugs. They have a raptor exhibit. You can also walk down to the banks of the Missouri, but you have to cross some tracks and I don't recommend letting small children get too... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fontenelle Forest has something for everyone. For the more adventurous, there are established hiking trails through the forest that go as far as down to the Missouri River. If you prefer something a little tamer, you can take a walk on the boardwalk that extends as far as 1-mile (round trip) and offers terrific views of the forest, the Missouri... More 

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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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Additional Information about Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Address: 1111 North Bellevue Boulevard, Bellevue, NE 68005
Phone Number: 402 731 3140
Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Bellevue
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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