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Address: Grand Island, NE
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The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

The perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.

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March, Awesome to see.

Going to Crane Meadows (March) is seeing the CRANE MIGRATION is the only state that u can see this. When I hear them coming over our home every year just gives me goose bumps and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
Smurfet525
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Going to Crane Meadows (March) is seeing the CRANE MIGRATION is the only state that u can see this. When I hear them coming over our home every year just gives me goose bumps and going to the center learning about this movement is again awesome. People from all over the world and all US states come to see this.... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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311 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Platte River was not a favorite of pioneers because it was shallow. It is certainly not shallow in beauty. The Platte meanders past shores nearly at water level and a variety of colorful trees (especially in early October). Take a few minutes and turn off Interstate 80 to enjoy much the same views early trappers and traders enjoyed hundred... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The Platte River near Grand Island is a classic mature braided stream with multiple channels flowing in a northeasterly direction. The river can range from full bank to bank on all channels in the Spring and Fall to carrying no water with a nice sand bottom during the heat of the summer. Crane viewing is extraordinary during the spring migration... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The river has been running past bank full and the kayaking on the river has been excellent. Good scenery and was a good way to cool off. You do have to watch out for obstacles and pay attention. With the flooded waters, it probably isn't a good idea for the novice.

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Thank Kirk F
MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Wonderful experience watching the Sand Hill cranes in the fields and then coming into the Platte River in the evening. Could not begin to count the number of birds that were in the air; there were waves and waves of them coming in to roost. Also, the noise was surprising - that many birds do generate a lot of noise.... More 

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Spend a little time walking or fishing or kayaking along this beautiful natural resource. Nebraska can get very hot and this is a cool way to enjoy the area.

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Overland Park
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30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Worth the journey down some gravel roads. The river is scenic, but the cranes of spring are the stars. This is a great map for the trip. Parts are slow, it would be great to have a picnic and watch the cranes. http://www.nebraskaflyway.com/assets/files/ACVB_09Map.pdf Don't go if you are rushed though.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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238 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

there are places along here, where you can see a lot of sandhills cranes in season. the best time is early fall to mid fall.

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Thank Bill G
Auburn, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Cranes, cranes, cranes and cranes. Stopped the first week end in April and drove between Grand Island and Kearney. If this wasn't prime time,OMG, Hundreds of Thousands of Sand Hill Cranes

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Multiple species of water fowl are on the main and smaller channels. The nearby Motel 6 (pet friendly) is right on one of the channels.

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