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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883-9565
+1 308-382-1820
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A must see

Come when the cranes are here. Mid October or mid March usually. The morning is best as the cranes... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rick D
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Very good

A must see! The staff are very knowledgeable. They will direct you to the best crane viewing sites... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2018
ancientmoods
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883-9565
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+1 308-382-1820
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Come when the cranes are here. Mid October or mid March usually. The morning is best as the cranes in the river get ready to take off to feed for the day A bucket list must

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

A must see! The staff are very knowledgeable. They will direct you to the best crane viewing sites. Take a short walk to see the natural tall grass prairie as it was hundreds of years ago. Take binoculars to see the bison and scads of...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

We traveled from out of state for the Sandhill Crane migration and booked an evening blind tour with Crane Trust. It was in an excellent location - right in front of a roost that was even larger than the one near Rowe Sanctuary. Got to...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are happy to hear you had an excellent viewing experience and saw or heard a nice variety of wildlife. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in the viewing windows. The full front...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

Overnighted in one of the blinds on the river for wonderful photography opportunity. A one of a kind experience.

Thank Olivia S
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

We couldn't agree more! Thank you for your 5-star review, Olivia!

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Reserved a guided sunrise tour at the Crane Trust group blind. Arrived before sunrise to slip quietly into the blind by the river. As it grew light enough to see, what had looked like large, dark islands in the river were instead revealed to be...More

Thank Julie M
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Such a beautiful description, Julie! Thank you for leaving such a great review!

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

I took my 2 grandchildren on a road trip to see the sandhill cranes. It was a great experience to see the thousands and thousands of birds. We stopped at the Crane Trust and the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable! And the Center is...More

Thank Pat5225B
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

We're thrilled to hear you brought your grandchildren out to experience the migration. Thank you for stopping at our center and leaving a wonderful review!

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Visited Nebraska and saw the stupendous annual crane migration in its glory. Crane Trust has an overnight tour with guid s, lectures. And heated blinds, including drinks to see the birds at night and early morning without shivers. Great housing. food, found nice company travelers...More

Thank KameraBug
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for leaving a great review about your VIP experience! We appreciate hearing what our guests liked and you covered just about everything!

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited the nature and visitor center twice in two days. They gave us excellent suggestions on where to view sandhill cranes (and the whooping crane!) throughout the area. We had already made reservations for a viewing blind at a different sanctuary but next time...More

Thank Colleen K
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you do come back and do a tour next year. Thank you for leaving a great review!

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The experience was fine, but we could see so many cranes flying in the distance compared with a few that flew near to us. The people in the blinds further down surely had a much better view of the cranes than we did.More

Thank HolmesFamilyofGC
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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Nature can be quite unpredictable. No two viewings are ever the same. Many visitors will book more than one tour so they have a better opportunity if one evening or morning has poor weather conditions,...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Excellent facilities, very nice building and exhibits. Staff was knowledgeable ans friendly. Crane numbers were down toward the end of March (31st) but still very cool. One to two weeks earlier would've been better for numbers this year. We're from the midwest so spending a...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope you come back again!

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1traveler49
August 7, 2017|
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Response from Josie D | Property representative |
If you are passing through in August, you may find all sorts of things to do at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. Aside from the fine art gallery, gift shop and educational displays inside, there are miles of hiking... More
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ChgoJudyMc
March 20, 2015|
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There's always something to see here! June will find the prairie wildflowers blooming in abundance, and grassland birds will be everywhere. Our smaller bison herd is on exhibition at the nature and visitor center year-round... More
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Marilyn E
January 26, 2015|
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You can book tours by calling the visitor center at 308-382-1820/
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