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Crane Meadows Nature Center

9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
308-382-1820
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Grand Island
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a wonderful stop. This spot on the Platt River is one you may have seen on a TV nature program. It represents a 40 mile swath between Alda and Kearney, NE in the spring migration pattern of Sandhill Cranes. This happens in March. Brrrrr. There are videos, lots and lots of literature, great staff and a lovely gift... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Such a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle of today's busy lives. I live just 45 miles from here and drive by it several times a month. I've always wanted to stop but had never found the time. This year, I made a date with my grown son and his 'Little Brother' to meet there for a day of... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Very nice place to get education about the crane migration. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Small set-up but adequate. Nice displays and good PBS video looping. Snacks and gifts available.

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Evanson, Wyoming, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

wildlife is terrific. information is wonderful. people are nice and friendly. I treasure my pictures of the beautiful sunset

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Omaha, Nebraska
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97 reviews 97 reviews
68 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

After a night of tent camping nearby we started the day out as the first visitors on this lovely Friday morning. The variety of flora and fauna is wonderful and the view from the observation tower is just a five-minute walk from the visitor's center. This is truly a stop worthy of your time. The buffalo are in their summer... More

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Papillion, Nebraska
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107 reviews 107 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick visit and walk along thbe trails. Saw lot of birds, and a deer running across the river. The Lady at the front desk was very friendly, made you feel like you were part of the family. Trails were nice and scenic. Wish we had more time. Next time I'll. Stop in when the cranes are... More

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nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I did the morning blind tour here the end of March to see the cranes. My biggest frustration was that I couldn't find the place in the dark. There is no lighted sign.I drove past it twice and finally stopped for directions. Ifelt like a fool when I saw it was literally 5 min off the interstate. So when you... More

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Hastings, Nebraska
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The annual migration of the sandhill cranes is phenomenal, and this is the place to start your visit. After you learn about these amazing birds, head down to the Alba bridge just before sunset.

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Omaha
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104 reviews 104 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This nature center is a hidden gem located at Exit 305 on I-80. A short walk gets you to a channel of the Platte River. On your way you'll see their young bison herd. There's a cool observation tower that's about 25 feet tall so you get great views of the river valley. Two pedestrian bridges cross the river allowing... More

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Hastings, Nebraska
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

great place to go in the spring and view the cranes and other water fowl

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