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VINS Nature Center

6565 Woodstock Road, Route 4, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
802-359-5000
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action.... more » 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. « less
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The educational aspects fit the beauty of the eagle and screech owl we saw. The verbal presentations and demonstrations are amazing for how few staff run the place. The staff are experts at what they do,for sure. There are many volunteers pleasantly helping visitors. If I was a hurt or disabled bird, I would be glad I was relocated to... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We spent an afternoon at VINS Nature Centre recently and enjoyed the birds of prey demonstration, among other demonstrations and exhibits available. The staff are very friendly an knowledgeable. There are trails on-site but nothing too long or strenuous - if you are looking for a real "hike", this is not the place...but well-suited for families with kids and older... More

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Meridian, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I've been to a bird of prey rescue center in Idaho, so we took the opportunity to visit VINS curious to see what an entirely different ecosystem had to offer. Overall it wasn't very exciting. They have a number of rescue birds which can be seen quite close up and we had the chance to see a few of them... More

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Merrillville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This place has plenty of raptors that rule the roost. They have several owls, like the barn owl, Eastern Screech Owl (he was hooting a great deal of the time) and eagles, falcons, hawks, and a turkey vulture. The shows are great. I saw the raptor show. They brought out Three different owls and told many interesting things about them... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This place is AWESOME! My girlfriend doesn't even like birds and she loved it!! Not only do they have really cool raptors in their own cages on display, BUT they do this amazing raptor show where they bring out some of the birds to within an inch of your face. During the show, you learn a lot about the different... More

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MA
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The bird viewing area was really cool. There was a pretty good variety - eagles, falcons, owls, etc. - and each had a story describing what circumstances led to the birds residing at VINS. I really enjoyed looking at the birds, but I guess I was expecting a little more (it didn't take us very long to go through everything).... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited mid week in April and had the place almost to ourselves! The many types of raptors and owls are impressive and there were lots of activities for families. The raptor show was interesting and informative, as was the up close view of the red tailed hawk and kestrel that they used in the demonstration. The fencing around all... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Had a great time here. The raptor show was fantastic and getting up close to the eagles in the enclosure was amazing. I would defiantly recommend this.

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Frederick, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Great place to spend a few hours with the family. Great exhibits and shows. make sure you get there at open or you will miss some of the shows since they are only done once a day. There are also nature trails that are great for the whole family with views of the river.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Every time we travel to Woodstock (about 5 times a year), I try to make it a point to spend a few hours at VINS! You learn about the local raptors, get close to a bald eagle, snowy owls, etc, learn about what YOU can do to decrease the amount of injured birds....truly amazing, magical, and informative for all ages.

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