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“Calm in the middle of the City” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
952 854 5900
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Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Bloomington
Activities: Birdwatching
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Charleston SC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Calm in the middle of the City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Very accessible nature center located across the street from the Hilton hotel. Paved and gravel paths take you down to the river bottoms with 2-5 miles marked paths through an undeveloped area of "old Minnesota" less than a mile from the airport. Very unique spot--wild within shouting distance of the urban sprawl. Check it out.

Visited September 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Nice place to go for a walk if you are nearby”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I stayed at the Hilton, so it was the nicest place close to the hotel to go for a walk. I took a walk down to the river, which was introduced as "strenuous". It was absolutely not and took only a short time. There is a nice little museum and bookstore. I think the bookstore has a lot of interesting field guides and nature books, but it closed, just after I came in. It is a nice place to go with kids.
I saw squirrels, frogs and a lot of birds. There are binoculars on the platform just outside the museum.
I recommend to go here, when you stay at the hotels nearby, but it is not a place you want to drive to, if you are further away than the Bloomington area.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Special as is set aside in urban area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is special because it is a 'rural area' in an urban setting. I SO appreciate that the Twin Cities area has had the foresight to set aside lakes, parkland and wildlife areas in the urban areas themselves for many to enjoy. THIS is what makes this area so special and MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge is very near the Mall of America, yet wonderful habitat set aside. If you are staying at the Hilton or Crowne Plaza near the MSP Airport, this may make your stay just a bit more enjoyable.

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“A gem hidden in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This wildlife refuge sits right next to the airport. It is very peaceful except when a plane took off. While we didn't see much wildlife, the trails were well marked. Because some of the trails were flooded, we weren't able to continue our hike, but it was a great place for some peace and quiet.

Visited June 2013
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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“always wildlife of some sort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a refuge that goes along the river where you seldom run into many others and you can hardly help but see birds of prey,deer,turkeys and smaller ceatures.

Visited February 2013
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