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“One of a kind experience”

World Center For Birds of Prey
Ranked #2 of 133 things to do in Boise
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience birds of prey eye-to-eye and explore the mysteries of their flight, survival, and relationship with humans. Live bird demonstrations and falconry heritage tours complement hands-on exhibits for all ages. Enjoy panoramic views of the Treasure Valley from the interpretive trail and gazebo, or browse the gift shop. Admissions and purchases support conservation programs worldwide.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We got to see a live bird show and the Archives of Falconry tour. This is not a huge venue like an aquarium--expect to see a few (10 or so) birds on display. Make sure you come at a time to see one of the shows/tours. This is a very specialized venue, whose purpose is to raise endangered birds and release them into the wilds. The history of falconry is a niche area, and I loved seeing the art and artistry associated with the sport since the medieval time period. However, you won't see a falconry exhibition of flying birds unless you go in October. Still, a great experience--just know why you are going.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We arrived around 3:20 in the afternoon and made the mistake of paying with cash (figuring it would save the center money associated with credit card purchases). The volunteer working there had problems entering the proper amount into the cash register and giving us change. By the time he reentered the amount (with a decimal point), it was just about 3:30 - the time of their last show. (I think there are 3 each day). We got to the other building looking for the show only to have a young woman chase us down and tell us we were too late the show had just started and they never allow anyone in late. This was the last show of the day and we were chewed out for not arriving 10 minutes before the "show time" as mentioned on their web page. We were visiting from Virginia and found them through the AAA guide not their "web page". We only have internet access at our hotel - and we don't spend much time at a hotel surfing the web during our trip. We are out experiencing the local area and were not aware that they had web page with show times posted. She was very rude. We did not engage in discussion with this young female as we were being attacked for showing up late for a schedule we were not aware existed and for the delay in getting into this place.

I'm assuming the show was the only reason one would go to this "attraction". We saws several condors in a cage, a bald eagle in a cage and several other birds in a cage. This took about 5 minutes. There were a bunch of dead birds on display in a case and that concluded our 8 minute visit. Very expensive to see some injured birds in small cages and dead birds in a case. I felt like I was robbed for the amount charged and what we were allowed to see.
The highlight of our visit was driving back down the driveway where we saw a wild hawk flying and several other colorful birds (looked like a meadow lark - but not sure they are in Idaho and this wasn't a meadow).
If you live in Boise and have free time this place might be okay. I would not recommend this as a tourist destination for out of state visitors. If you want to see dead stuffed animals - go to Cabelas. There are much better places to see living animals (including healthy birds) in this part of the country. We've seen lots of hawks, eagles and falcons on our trip.

5  Thank nancyVa
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Loved it! The birds they have there are very different and very cool to watch. A must to see. I enjoyed it and I'm not a bird watcher :) The staff was super knowledgeable and plan to take my kids next time.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

You don't have to be a birder to love this place. This center is devoted to birds of prey in a way that is compelling. There's a variety of big birds of prey--bald eagle, California condors, alpomado falcons--in roomy cages, there are presentations of individual birds (kind of a "meet-and-greet"), there are films to watch, and there's a tour that includes an extensive and fascinating history of falconing in the Arab world. I planned to spend one hour; I spent three.

Thank Rough-it
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

It a nice place to visit, however they don't have a lot of birds and it's not that close to downtown.

1  Thank LarsH79
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