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“Knowledgable Staff”

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Giant Springs Heritage State Park, this visitors center provides information and exhibits about Lewis and Clark's famous journey and the historical significance of the United States' westward expansion.
Tipp City, Ohio
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Knowledgable Staff”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

A big highlight of our western trip in a rental motor home. We really enjoyed this center. The staff gave educational multi-media talks throughout the day that were terrific. So many wonderful exhibits were throughout the center, too. We talked to various readily available staff with one-on-one questions. Everybody impressed us with their knowledge and enthusiasm. We bought a book in the visitor center, and then hopped on our bicycles and rode on the bike path to see the 5 falls & dams in the Missouri River.

We stayed an extra day and visited the center again, and visited the Springs State Park across the road. There we saw the Roe River, one of the shortest rivers in the world, join the mighty Missouri River, saw the fish hatchery, and talked to 2 Native Americans of the Blackfoot tribe who were fishing on the Missouri River.

Visited September 2013
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Amenia, New York
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96 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nicely Done”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The volunteer's were friendly and well versed the answer to any question asked. Allow plenty of time for this attraction.

Visited September 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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127 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Listen to the volunteers - they are half the reason to come here”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This place has arguably some of the finest volunteers you will find in a museum. Between the two introductory (20 minute) videos several give talks about the questions you always had - but didn't know who to ask. This place is much larger inside than it looks from the outside. The self-guided tour is a long winding one-way route, but has many places where you can exit and take a break. The better of the two videos is a 20 minute version of the Ken Burns 8-hr version made for Public Television, so it's very very good. Second video shows the problems with wearing worn out moccasins through a field of prickly pear cactus! But by all means spend time with the volunteers. They make the museum come alive. We read everything and it took 2 1/2 hours. Then we walked the trail down to the spring down the hill. This place does accept the National Park Passes!

Visited September 2013
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United States
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97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Not boring!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The exhibits are set up in a very interesting way and the 2 films helped fill in the blanks if you don't have time to read everything. There is also a very nice path that leads around the water if you want to take a long walk, run, or bike ride. Your annual federal parks pass gets you in for free!

Visited September 2013
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Westfield, NJ
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great place to learn about these great explorers”
Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a must stop for anyone going through the area. We learned so much about their trip and it was a great break in the drive back to Bilings. Both kids (15 and 12) enjoyed the exhibits and the medicine demonstration. Make sure you go to the giant spring down the road.

Visited July 2013
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