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Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425-1600
+1 952-854-5900
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Pretty Trails, Knowledgeable Staff

As a chaperone I go here with school groups 3x a year. Each time the staff is awesome! The kids... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JSLTraveler
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Bloomington, Minnesota
Pleasant nature trail

I literally stumbled onto this nature trail area while taking a walk away from the hotel. I was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MontanaBones
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Helena, Montana
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“bird feeders” (8 reviews)
“visitor center” (16 reviews)
“msp airport” (6 reviews)
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3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425-1600
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+1 952-854-5900
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"bird feeders"
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"visitor center"
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"urban environment"
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"easy viewing"
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"bass pond"
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"different times of the year"
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"nature center"
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"peaceful area"
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"full disclosure"
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"main visitor"
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"hiking trails"
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"butterfly garden"
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"great place to hike"
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Reviewed yesterday

As a chaperone I go here with school groups 3x a year. Each time the staff is awesome! The kids love going down the trails and looking for various signs of animals, plants, trees etc. It's always an adventure. The building inside has exhibits. Some...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I literally stumbled onto this nature trail area while taking a walk away from the hotel. I was pleasantly surprised how this little nature reserve exists surrounded by roads, a water treatment plant, and jets roaring above. I saw lots of birds and found the...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

A hidden treasure and a beautiful place for walking, that it is so near the airport, the Mall of America freeways and outside of downtown will surprise you. Stop in to learn about the Minnesota River Valley. It’s on my list for visiting throughout the...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking trails, a spot to observe a range of critters, and a butterfly garden that are especially enjoyable from spring through fall. Do not to let winter weather deter your outdoor explorations, since there are snowshoes available for...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

We saw 4 bald eagles, a cooper's hawk, and ducks. It even snowed a little. In spite of being told that the trails aren't "kept," the trails were in great shape.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is definitely worth a stop if you are staying near the Mall of America / MSP Airport area. First of all, it's free. There are trails that wind through woods and near the Minnesota River. Lots of wildlife to...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Great hiking trails. Nice warm building with modern bathrooms. Vending machines. You can check out binoculars for the kids. Huge bird feeders near the windows of the building for easy viewing. Bird feeders near head of trail. Great locatio .

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Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

In full disclosure, I co-lead free nature/wildlife photography hikes approximately 8 times a year at a variety of units within the scope of the Refuge. At some of our events we offer lectures on topics pertaining to a variety of subjects that are relevant to...More

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

We were staying at the nearby Hilton and went for a walk through the trails. While I had been to Bloomington many times, I was not aware of how beautiful this spot was. I look forward to being able to return sometime when the visitor...More

Thank Onessa
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Reviewed January 8, 2018

We have visited a few times, always entering farther south by the Old Cedar Bridge (so we have never been to the visitor center). The hike across the bridge is fun, there are always many birds/water fowl in the area, as well as turtles and...More

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Kelli D
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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
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