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Platte River

Grand Island, NE
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Grand Island
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.
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Auburn, NE
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Cranes, cranes, cranes and cranes. Stopped the first week end in April and drove between Grand Island and Kearney. If this wasn't prime time,OMG, Hundreds of Thousands of Sand Hill Cranes

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Multiple species of water fowl are on the main and smaller channels. The nearby Motel 6 (pet friendly) is right on one of the channels.

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Goodland, Kansas, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Platte is most spectacular during spring and fall migration seasons. Innumerable birds stop at the river to rest and feed before continuing their migration. In early summer, ride down the river in inner tubes. In the summer, walk across a major river because it'll be pretty much dry.

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Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

platte river is a dry sand bed now thanks to the drought normally its not very deep in most places its kinda neat to walk across it

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I is fun to visit the Platte when the cranes are stopping over, what a spectacular sight!!

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York, Nebraska, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Here is the place for any nature and wildlife lover.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

The only time it is a major attraction is when the Sandhill Cranes come to the Platte River in the spring, At that time there are visitors from long distance to view the Sandhill Cranes perform their dances.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

weather looking for birds or wild life a great place to spend an afternoon

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Top Contributor
807 reviews 807 reviews
260 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

Platte River Archway is fabulous history museum with earphones that follow you and describe what you are seeing at that exact moment.

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2009

Every spring almost 500,000 sandhill cranes come to the 50 mile stretch of the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney, NE. The stay for a few week to rest, eat, and socialize (make pair bonds) as they prepare for their flight north to Canada, Alaska, or even parts of Siberia. They can be seen in the cornfield in the... More

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