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International Crane Foundation

E-11376 Shady Lane Rd. P.O. Box 447, Baraboo, WI 53913-0447
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Group tours/walking tour
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The ICF is truly the world center for crane study - the name is no hype. Every variety of crane species existent in the world is on view here. Too many people come to the Dells/Baraboo area and only see the garish amusement park type attractions. I strongly recommend bringing kids here - it is very cool to see their... More

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I love visiting the International Crane Foundation. Beautiful pathways lead you to some of the most striking birds in the world, from all over the world. The staff is very helpful and friendly. A visit here educates you as to the status of cranes worldwide. The beauty of these magnificent birds is awesome. The gift shop has crane and bird... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

It was an interesting place, but I was not overly impressed. It was hard to find, and a very hot day while we were there. It is mostly in the sun - and some of the birds inclosures were very over-grown, but maybe the birds appreciate this. Just don't go on a hot day.

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is a must-see stop when you visit Baraboo or the Wisconsin Dells area. ICF was founded forty years ago by two ornithologists, one a Baraboo native, with a love of the world's largest, and in some cases, rarest birds. ICF has become the world's leading advocate for cranes which are endangered on several continents. For... More

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Moorhead, MN
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200 reviews 200 reviews
102 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

If you have even the slightest interest in the wild world, this is a must experience attraction for you. I first visited the ICF a few years ago when I brought 40 high school students to volunteer there and when making our way from Moorhead, MN to Chicago, IL I knew I had to stop and share this experience with... More

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Napoleon, OH
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Who would have thought that so many different kinds of cranes existed, and that they could all be seen in one location. Some of the cranes were shy while others would run right up for the attention! I highly recommend a visit to the International Crane Foundation

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197 reviews 197 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The name of this organization is a little confusing. When we first heard that our weekend car tour was going to stop at the International Crane Foundation we thought we were going to see some building cranes and those used in construction. This Crane foundation is all about the study and conservation of crane species around the world. It is... More

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This was our second visit to the Crane Foundation. It is very well laid out to offer the best crane viewing while still protecting the birds. These guys really show a lot of personality, and some of the pairs seem to enjoy watching us as much as we do them. The grounds are quite lovely also, with a number of... More

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Oxford, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Cranes are spectacular birds and the Crane Foundation has 15 different pairs of them from all over the world. While you can take a self guided tour, a tour guide will provide you with a far more interesting tour imparting fascinating information about the birds and their nature habitat. You'll also learn about the valuable work done by the Crane... More

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Salem, Oregon, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was a delightful place to visit. I would highly recommend taking the time to drive out there. I have friends that are birders and it was easy to see that the place was well maintained and the birds were well taken care of. It almost had a zen like feel. We did not do the guided walk but went... More

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