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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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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A great wildlife experience in the right season

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 9 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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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 38 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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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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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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.

Thank trooper198
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A magnificent spectacle of nature that's not to be missed. Dress WARM and if at all possible, book 2 days in case the cranes don't cooperate and they don't appear one of the days.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Crane Trust Nature & Visitors Center is Located Off of I-80 Exit 312 South and is just right off of the exit. From there if you proceed south on Alda road approx 1.5 mile to Shoemaker Island Road. There is an observation bridge to view the cranes on the Platte River at sunrise and sunset. Go another .5 miles... More 

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