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VINS Nature Center

Address: 6565 Woodstock Road, Route 4, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
Phone Number: 802-359-5000
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to...
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Type: Educational Sites, Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action. Open picnic areas, beverages and snacks are available at the Nature Store. The VINS Nature Center is located 1/2 mile west from the Quechee Gorge.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Our group really enjoyed the visit. Educational, informative and fun. The Raptor exhibit is especially worthwhile and the staff could not be nicer.

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had a wonderful experience at VINS. They really are a wonderful education facility for injured wildlife that provides first hand experiences and knowledge about raptors. You should at least catch the raptor show. Great facility and a wonderful staff.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I love VINS. I have been many times, bringing anyone from nephews to friends that are visiting. Everyone enjoys the raptor exhibit. It's not every day you get to stand just a few feet away from a snowy owl, golden eagle, and (among others) a peregrine falcon! The shows are also fun to watch and there are loops through the... More 

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Telluride, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We arrived a couple of hours before closing, but had a chance to observe feeding time of their large collection of birds of prey in their individual enclosures. We also watched a demonstration in their outside arena, and walked some of the scenic trails on the property. A good family attraction.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My husband and I made a point of driving an hour from Waterbury during our vacation just to visit VINS. We really enjoyed the close access to the raptors. The bald & golden eagles were especially beautiful! We stayed to watch the "Raptors Up Close" presentation which was good, and then we decided to stay for feeding time. If your... More 

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Allentown, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

VINS is a great place to visit if you're in the Woodstock/ White River Jct. area. Budget at least two to three hours. There are often shows where they bring out the birds and wildlife. All the birds there are from their North American rehab and rescue center where people and organizations from ariund the continent send birds that had... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

It was a rainy day so there were not many people there. They have enclosures that the keep the different birds (raptors). Each are hurt so they can't be returned to the wild. They are gorgeous birds to see up close. They also had a demonstration showing the different types of owls. The handler was friendly and knowledgeable. Took the... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were looking for something different to do and stumbled upon VINS. How fun, learning about the raptors, seeing the wonderful work that these great people do with rehabilitation was fantastic. Do yourself a favor and take the kids, go for a hike and check out the cool raptors. Do not let the $13 adult admission scare you. Once you... More 

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Carmel, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

VINS provides a wonderful service through education and the rehabilitation of injured birds. The staff is EXCEPTIONAL; personable, well-informed and approachable. Three generations of our family spent a morning here that was time very well spent. The Raptor program was exhilarating and superbly well done. Please keep up your important work!

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Portland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I was there for a beautiful sunny fall day with high color in the foliage and a cool temperature- the nature walk was lovely and refreshing - I especially loved seeing the beautiful birds so close. They are all injured in a way that was not possible to survive in the wild- so they are lovingly cared for here. They... More 

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