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“Great Program: Columbia ate Sunday Dinner!”

National Eagle Center
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Wabasha
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Eagle Center is a landmark interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. Visitors can meet rescued bald and golden eagles up close and learn more about them in interactive exhibits and engaging daily programs. Live eagle progams offered at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Oronoco, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great Program: Columbia ate Sunday Dinner!”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Attended the Sunday 1:00 PM program and got to watch Columbia eat a rat.

The information provided at the program was excellent and included photos that were passed around for a closer view. Kids were welcomed, included and heard. There was significant time for all to observe Columbia eat while the staff member answered questions about eagles & eagle behavior.

I like the architecture of the building, especially the dome.

The center is not too packed with exhibits and allows the visitor to take their time exploring.

The gift shop was good, too.

Thank richie1732
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
310 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good Place to Learn About Eagles”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Although this is a small place, they have a great presentation on eagles and have some in captivity that you can get quite close to. They also have an observation deck that has a gorgeous view across the Mississippi River looking over to Wisconsin.

The staff are friendly.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank hippyways
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Small, but worth the time and admission”
Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

They do pack enough into their building to make it worth visiting. With a family that sees more then our share of eagles every year, we still learned a lot, and they kept the teens interested. All told, just over an hour and a half (including the show, which is a must) should suffice. But take some time watching the ever present eagles as well.

1 Thank Dan O
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Wabasha, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Wrong Place Name...”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is actually the National Eagle Center. Read reviews in their own section and you will see what an awesome place it is to visit.
There is no place called the 'Eagle Watch Observatory' but the NEC does have observation decks and facilities.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank ItsMeJustG
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Plymouth, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Close up with the Eagles”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great place. Entertaining and educational. The surprise for me was the white board in the class room that showed Minnesota is second among states in number of active eagle nests. I live in Twin Cities suburbs and see bald eagles regularly, and did not realize that people in other states are not so lucky.

NOTE that they are closed on Tuesdays in the winter.

Visited March 2014
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