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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 Little Disappointed

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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71 reviews 71 reviews
4 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Yes! Seeing the sandhill cranes makes it worthwhile.... walking out to the crane viewing blind in the dark, hearing the cranes, then as dawn breaks, seeing them on the river... thousands of them, first sleeping then later, dancing and taking wing. The Guide said that it was estimated that there were 150,000 cranes in the area at the time we... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
66 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

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
8 helpful votes 8 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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