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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425-1600
Phone Number: 952 854 5900
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great exhibits and trails

We attended a talk on the monarch butterfly and photographing butterflies and really enjoyed it. The presenter was well informed and interesting. The variety of plant life was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Madison, WI USA
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Madison, WI USA
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a talk on the monarch butterfly and photographing butterflies and really enjoyed it. The presenter was well informed and interesting. The variety of plant life was very nice and gave us lots of things to photograph. We walked down one short trail and ended up at a pond full of frogs which was very interesting. Would love to... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Had a great 14 mile trail ride. It's pretty flat and not super technical but not boring either where we road. No bathrooms in site though :)

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Murderapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

We've been here just once before...in the fall. We visited on a day when the information center was closed and never got an opportunity to check it out. Luckily on this stop...it was open. It is fairly large with several rooms featuring different wildlife facts...activity stations and small exhibits. There is a staffed service desk where you can talk to... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We went there on a Sunday morning for a run and literally had the place to ourselves. Couldn't believe there weren't more hikers and runners there. The nature center was closed (which means no public restrooms...take note), but we could still park and walk to the trailhead. Great pounded dirt/gravel paths, very wide, flat, and fast for running. It had... More 

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Thank rabbit4500
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this place as a day visit! We have a toddler and it was challenging to keep her at bay, however there were accommodations for coloring and small fun things to do. We went in winter time and noticed they have backpacks to check out filled with items for trail activities. Really a neat place :)

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Hill City, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

We accessed the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge from Cliff Fehn park. It was an easy hike, and we were rewarded by seeing a great egret, great heron, bald eagle, killdeer, and many more birds. Lovely area to explore!

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

I recommend for family fun, nature enthusiasts and birders. This is the best kept secret in the Metro area! Admission is free to the Headquarters visitor center, the overlook with spotting scopes and the hiking paths. If you are in town for an event especially with children, check it out for family fun April-October... Location: right off the American Blvd... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

I have been here Twice. Great location. I liked that it was kept up. I wish there were park benches or stumps to sit on; us old guys need a break on long walks.

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State of Sao Paulo
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Fyi, upon my arrival on April3rd, saw a message on their door, that the Visitor Center would be closed for few more weeks, but the park is still open for the public. Perhaps I just went there in just a bad timing, this park may be great later Spring and onwards, but would be a place I recommend a tourist... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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148 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

This place has real potential but I feel that I missed out on the beauty by visiting in winter. The trails were completely iced over after rain on the previous day. The place is huge with nice long and short trails. The staff was nice and there is no entrance fee. I was a little sad that the passport stamp... More 

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