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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 19 attractions in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Group tours/walking tour
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The ICF is a good introduction to these wonderful birds. They have numerous different species from all over the world. Also the visitor center has many interesting exhibits.

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River Forest, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were passing through Baraboo and had heard about the International Crane Foundation, so we stopped by. Although we planned to just take a quick look, we were soon engaged in the ICF's wide-ranging, global environmental efforts which go far beyond their excellent work reintroducing Whooping Cranes in the US. We had no idea of the extent... More

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Buffalo Grove, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

They had electric scooters available free of charge (there is an admission price, though) which is very nice for those that cannot walk around the trails. We got to see a lot of different crane species. The walk was nice and the area is scenic.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Beautifully laid out site where they are working to increase knowledge about all the species of cranes throughout the world. The visitor center is small but they have a fascinating movie on crane preservation. There are approx. 15 species of cranes that can be viewed throughout this lovely, well laid out site. You can view some cranes without obstruction in... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The staff clips the wings of the cranes then places them in small enclosures most of which have netting over them so the cranes cannot escape. The place would be acceptable to me if the cranes were permanently disabled but they are not. One crane walked up to us inside the fenced cage (some have electrical wire around them) and... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have worked in wildlife rehab and on both the peregrine falcon and bald eagle reintroduction programs. Although this is labelled as a foundation, it is nothing more than a zoo for cranes. They claim to be conservationists, but the birds wings are clipped so they cannot fly and some of the birds were "off display due to beak injuries".... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a hidden gem. The birds are amazing, some friendly because she bonded with a human and others who appear to attack. The paths are paved of ground glass the most unique green pathway I have traveled so far. I had to splurge at the gift shop and buy a mobile of six different cranes.

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Fleming, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It was a last minute decision to stop here and we were glad we did. you can view 15 kinds of cranes and often times up close. They are working all over the world to preserve the various crane species, especially the Whooping crane. The woman at the gift shop was very helpful with local information.

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There are 15 kinds of cranes in the world and you can see them all here. The guided tour was very informative, especially in regards to the whooping crane program. We only stayed about an hour. If we had longer, we could have walked some of the extensive nature trails. We just saw the cranes.

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We've been to the Dells dozens of times over the past two decades, for ritualistic mini-golf tournaments, dealer's choice poker-beer in the cabin, wandering downtown to see the latest in lowbrow t-shirt declarations, and, always, at least one thing in the area we haven't done before. Other than not yet seeing the Rick Wilcox show (though I love Magic Castle... More

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