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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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Address: 9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
Phone Number: +1 308-382-1820
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River...
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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A great place to see and learn about Sandhill Cranes

This is a very nice Nature Center close to the biggest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in the state during migration. Try to be here from early-March to mid-April to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Emmaus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice Nature Center close to the biggest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in the state during migration. Try to be here from early-March to mid-April to see the largest number of birds.

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MN
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Stopped here to get information about the Cranes. Everyone was very knowledgeable and more than willing to go the extra mile to help out, provide directions, and times we should be out to see the cranes arrive and leave. Lots of good information in the Center itself, wonderful pictures.

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Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The magnificent views in the sky lines, the wonderful displays and the knowledge of the woman at the desk. A clean place full of historical information. The public platform for viewing was well kept and located right at the Platte River.

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Minneapolis, MN
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

If you are at the center to see the sandhill crane migration, be sure to walk the path. Lots of information in the center, and good guides for the viewing. And don't miss the buffalo, a herd of 40 genetically pure bison!

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Overland Park
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great facility, trail and tours. Nice gallery and gift shop. The staff was very knowledgable. Took the sunrise crane tour. Very nice

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Northfield, Minnesota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We traveled to the Platte River to see the annual spring crane migration. Unfortunately, we hit the tail end of the event, which was, even so, still quite spectacular. The staff at this visitor center was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and allowed us to get the most out of our visit, including recommending evening viewing locations near the center. The... More 

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Morro Bay, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Excellent place to view the migrating Sandhill Cranes. A bonus is the expert docents and guides who lead you to the blind and provide incredibly informative insights about the antics and activities of the cranes.

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Highland Heights, Ohio
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Good information, lots of crane art for sale and a gift shop. Helpful suggestions for where to see the cranes if you don't have a blind reservation.

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Plain City, Ohio
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife, Barbara, led a group of 14 of us on a Safari to the Crane Trust in Nebraska for the annual spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. After a 2 1/2 hour drive from Omaha, where six of us had flown in, we arrived at the visitor center and were warmly greeted by a friendly and enthusiastic staff. After... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I thought the Trust building would have more displays with information about the cranes. The volunteers were GREAT and if it wasn't for them so very willing to share their knowledge of the cranes and area, many of our questions would not have gone answered. (In fact, they are why I gave it a Very Good rating.) Unless you can... More 

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