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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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Address: 9325 S Alda Road, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883
Phone Number: +1 308-382-1820
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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte...

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the public face of the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust. We are a nonprofit whose mission is the preservation and restoration of Platte River Valley habitat for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds. The Nature & Visitor Center has 10 miles of walking trails, an observation tower, a bison herd, art gallery, gift shop, and informational exhibits about cranes. We also offer tourism information for the state of Nebraska. During the spring crane migration, we offer viewing blind tours to see cranes up close on their river roosts, and driving maps of the area so visitors can see the cranes while they are in the fields feeding.

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Crane Tour

I've lived here most of my life and have laughed at people saying they come to watch the cranes. This year a friend from Lincoln said he wanted to come to watch the cranes and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2016
Rita L
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Has a nice overview about the history of the sandhill cranes. Very nice visitor center just off the Interstate with plenty of parking for all sizes of vehicles. The store is pricey but there is some nice artwork available. Once you are done learning about the birds, just start driving the roads west of Highway 281 going north or south.... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our center and for taking the time to write a review. We would appreciate feedback to learn how we could have improved your experience. Please email info@cranetrust.org if you have any additional comments. Thank you again for visiting! More 

Grand Island, Nebraska
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I've lived here most of my life and have laughed at people saying they come to watch the cranes. This year a friend from Lincoln said he wanted to come to watch the cranes and would I take him. Thus, I made the reservations for the 5:00 p.m. tour the middle of March. Cost was $25 per person but the... More 

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Thank Rita L
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your great review! We're thrilled to hear that you now see the migration for how remarkable it truly is and look forward to having you back in years to come! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Great place to learn about the sandhill crane migration that happens each year. Also have some live wild and caged bison/buffalo to see at the location. Some hiking available along the river. Great place to stop and stretch the legs a bit while traveling.

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Thank Eric L
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

We're happy you had time to stop in and enjoy our center and appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! More 

Shelbyville, Kentucky
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

The volunteers were everywhere at the Center and very well informed, answering interesting questions and being available. During the weekends, they have free coffee and amazing cinnamon buns for just $1. The viewing was very disappointing but I have to admit that we were at the end of the season and that Crane Trust had emailed us ahead of time... More 

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Thank ruth w
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Ruth. We're sorry to hear about the disappointing end of season viewing but hope you can visit us earlier in the season next year! More 

New York City, New York
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118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Check out the overnight VIP Crane Viewing Experience at the Trust's Rose Hill Ranch. Fabulous family experience.

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Julie. We appreciate you visiting and taking the time to share your experience. More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Tip. Rug up is good advice. Tip. Take some binoculars. The video at the start was an excellent orientation though, perhaps, it should includes something about the walk to the blind and the blind itself. I was steeled for a half-hour plus walk over prairie lumps to the blind in the pre-dawn darkness, only to discover, happily, that the walk... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent feedback, Michael. We appreciate learning how we can improve the experience for our guests. We're so happy you visited us and took the time to review our center. More 

Minneapolis
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126 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Very neat. In 2016 apparently the Sand Cranes came and left early so on April 1st we missed the peak by 2 weeks. Didn't matter - it was still neat. We stopped by the nature center, visited with a charming and informative volunteer guide and were told there *only* 125,000 in the area. He told us the best route in... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your time at our center. Thank you for taking the time to visit and for sharing your experience. More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We were fortunate to have the VIP experience for Sandhill crane migration at the Crane Trust. The accommodations were lovely cabins on the property with excellent meals and wine. The sunset and sunrise crane watching was an experience that cannot be described: watching landing and flushing cranes for hours that seemed like minutes. The only drawback is that there is... More 

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

We are thrilled you had the opportunity to partake in the VIP experience and appreciate you taking the time to write a wonderful review. Some VIP guests fill their down time between crane watching with hiking the trails searching for prairie chickens and other wildlife, visiting the gift shop and art gallery or visiting local attractions such as the Stuhr... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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161 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

The cranes are gone by the time they open the trail, closes before they return. The center itself was beautiful and very informative. The staff was very helpful. I did enjoy walking the trails along the river, but it would have been nice if there were cranes around.

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Thank Mbv9415
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center and for your kind words about our center. The trail hours vary to protect roosting and/or loafing cranes in the area - we do everything we can to not disturb them in their natural state. However, in order to see the birds up close we offer Sandhill Crane Migration... More 

Fort Myers
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Good people here. Nice gentleman at snack bar with cinnamon buns, good info on the sand hill cranes. The morning blind viewing was good, cold day!!, an experience that you need to do once in your lifestime.

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Thank Gary N
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and the cinnamon buns! More 

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