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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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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte...

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 10 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, a 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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Wonderful place!

The nature center itself is quite small but informative and offers great programs especially in the spring when the Sandhill cranes are migrating through Nebraska. You absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura S
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Aurora, Nebraska
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Aurora, Nebraska
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The nature center itself is quite small but informative and offers great programs especially in the spring when the Sandhill cranes are migrating through Nebraska. You absolutely must take the trail behind the center to the river and beyond. It is lovely!

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and exploring the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here late fall so there were no cranes but it was still worth a stop. There are several nice displays, a nice little gift shop and a nice walk along the river. There are a few bison close by too. It's right off 80 so it's easy to get to. I hope to go back when the cranes... More 

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Oklahoma
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

During much of the year, the Crane Trust Visitor Center and its exhibits will essentially a nice interstate stop to use the restrooms and perhaps view the exhibits for a half hour. But during the March-early April Sandhill Crane (and occasional white pelican) migration the evening tours here provide one of the great wildlife watching experiences in North America. You... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center . . . the dot and name on the road atlas beckoned as my wife and I made our way across Nebraska en route east after a fine trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. I'd never been to Nebraska before and thought that a nature center would help me learn about the natural history... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to stop in and visit us at the Nature & Visitor Center. We're sorry to hear your experience was unsatisfactory. We are continuously looking to improve the public's experience and appreciate your feedback. We do apologize for the boxes which were present while Nebraska Fish and Wildlife were moving into the building - we... More 

Richmond, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This is a little gem. It is right off of I-80 so it isn't out of the way. The hours are 9-5, Mon-Sat, so it isn't for serious birders who want dawn and dusk hours. They have 4 miles of trails, mostly out in the open prairie. We did the Riverwalk along the Platte R. and went back on the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

No cranes during the time of visit (end Aug) but nice visitor area and gift shop. Walked one of the trails which were well mowed to make sure you don't get lost. Did not see any of the wild Bison but a few were in an enclosure near the visitor center. The feeding trough were way in the back of... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A great place to visit in the spring season in preparation for viewing the hundreds of thousands of sand hill cranes that visit the area. The Center provides an orientation to the cranes, their migration, and their habits when in the Grand Island area. The Center also has blinds that visitors can use, for a fee. Not to be missed... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great walking trails, great place to take photos, love the bison there now, good food at the snack bar, great variety in their gift shop

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Portland, OR USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Saw oodles of cranes here and learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff. Don't miss it if you're in Nebraska during crane season.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Drove out to see the migration of the sandhill cranes. The visitor center gave a great introduction of what we were going to see. If you are interested in seeing the cranes stop here first and they will give you the low down. Very informative.

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