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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

Address: 9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
Phone Number: +1 308-382-1820
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River Whooping Crane...
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust. We are a nonprofit whose mission is the preservation and restoration of Platte River Valley habitat for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds. The Nature & Visitor Center has 5 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, small bison herd, art gallery, gift shop, and informational exhibits about cranes. We also offer tourism information for the state of Nebraska. During the spring crane migration, we offer viewing blind tours to see cranes up close on their river roosts, and driving maps of the area so visitors can see the cranes while they are in the fields feeding.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Having seen a national TV program on the migration of sand hill cranes in this area each spring, I stopped for a visit while crossing NE and am so glad I did despite the frigid temperature, snow covered ground and howling Nebraska winds. The center itself is rich with displays, information and videos. The receptionist is outstanding and very helpful.... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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90 reviews 90 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Recently stopped here for a walk and ended up spending over two hours on the trails. They have extensive walking trails through a variety of terrain. I was fortunate enough to see an eagle and a white tail deer. Would definitely recommend if you like hiking and/or a good nature walk. The visitors center was also quite interesting and the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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123 reviews 123 reviews
65 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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99 reviews 99 reviews
68 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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13 reviews 13 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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