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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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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Grand Island
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River Whooping Crane...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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90 reviews 90 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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65 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
59 helpful votes 59 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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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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Omaha
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27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This nature center is a hidden gem located at Exit 305 on I-80. A short walk gets you to a channel of the Platte River. On your way you'll see their young bison herd. There's a cool observation tower that's about 25 feet tall so you get great views of the river valley. Two pedestrian bridges cross the river allowing... More 

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