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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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Turkey in the path

This is a great park to visit even if you only have 30 to 60 minutes. Nice trails. It does get... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Catherine M
Herndon, Virginia
A great place for hiking, learning and viewing wildlife -- no admission fee!

While the very modern headquarters is located in Bloomington, this refuge extends for miles along... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425-1600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great park to visit even if you only have 30 to 60 minutes. Nice trails. It does get rather steep if you go all the way down to the river. Well worth the hike - but wear good shoes -- not sandals...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Catherine M
Reviewed November 6, 2018

While the very modern headquarters is located in Bloomington, this refuge extends for miles along the Mississippi River, offering many outstanding facilities, trails and views. The refuge offers classes and organized activities in addition to self-guided trails. Located along an important flyway, the refuge offers...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank NikkoMN
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful nature center very convenient to the Minneapolis airport. The visitor's center has plenty of free parking, and several hiking trails go off from the center. I love coming here for a quiet respite from the city....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Ann V
Reviewed October 12, 2018

I go here regularly with my dog (note: dogs must be kept on leash, and please clean up after them!). Love this urban oasis and beautiful escape from the city. Located right by MOA, airport, and nearby hotels, this is a perfect place for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank lk12318
Reviewed October 3, 2018

I was surprised to hear about a national wildlife refuge so close to a major airport in an urban area, and I thought I should see it. I'm glad I did. The center has a good educational center, with plenty of activities for children of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank rhawnhurster
Reviewed September 6, 2018

The wildlife refuge has many paths you can walk along. I loved the path that went down by the wetlands and through the trees. Very cool to walk through.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Joseph-S4652017
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

An awesome place to visit- we enjoyed the Nature Center & took a short hike... everyone was so nice! We found a monarch that has just emerged from its chrysalis!! Great place!!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank I4216BZkellys
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

This is a free educational nature attraction right near the MOA and the airport. Lovely trails, variety of animals, plants birds. You can bring your dog on leash. If you live in the city, or are just trapped in a nearby hotel and need to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank heatherj189
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

This is a short drive from either city and is worth the drive. Many paths, sifting areas, and indoor things to study. There is an excellent bookstore too. You park for free and no fee to enter. There are many large charts to explain habitat...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sevie699
Reviewed July 10, 2018

A very well kept trail that leads down past the Center into the backwaters and along the river. Plenty of fowl and insects and an amazing array of plant life. You can go beyond 10 miles on the trail. Always been a favorite run of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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October 11, 2018|
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Response from rhawnhurster | Reviewed this property |
I think jackrabbi is right. I also think the hours vary depending on the season. I'd google the refuge and get their website for current info.
Kelli D
June 10, 2015|
Response from fwmaggie_12 | Reviewed this property |
Deet is for tick and mosquito spray. Ticks are most active in the spring. Just check yourself when you come in from outside. Behind the ears are quite common for them to burrow. We like OFF Deep Woods. Mosquitoes are... More