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“Nice place to stop even when the cranes aren't here”

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Papillion, Nebraska
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131 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice place to stop even when the cranes aren't here”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick visit and walk along thbe trails. Saw lot of birds, and a deer running across the river. The Lady at the front desk was very friendly, made you feel like you were part of the family. Trails were nice and scenic. Wish we had more time. Next time I'll. Stop in when the cranes are here.

Visited June 2013
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nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Quite an experience”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

I did the morning blind tour here the end of March to see the cranes. My biggest frustration was that I couldn't find the place in the dark. There is no lighted sign.I drove past it twice and finally stopped for directions. Ifelt like a fool when I saw it was literally 5 min off the interstate. So when you exit the interstate turn left and go over the viaduct....it's just to the left.
They have you start off in the center for a brief overview about the cranes and some instructions.
Then you have to drive maybe 2 miles down the road to an area on private land where you park and walk maybe 200 yards to the blind.
Keep in mind that the blinds are unheated and you spend about 2 hours in them so dress accordingly. The morning I was there it was 20 degrees.
Seeing that many birds is amazing and I was lucky enough to see a Whooping Crane (only 300 in the wild) and some bald eagles.I had a 300 zoom camera and it wasn't strong enough to see them in close detail. Bring some binoculars
It's $25 for the tour.

Visited March 2013
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5 Thank LG4158
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Hastings, Nebraska
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not to be missed! Come in March”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The annual migration of the sandhill cranes is phenomenal, and this is the place to start your visit. After you learn about these amazing birds, head down to the Alba bridge just before sunset.

Visited March 2012
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Omaha
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244 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Great place to experience the Platte River”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

This nature center is a hidden gem located at Exit 305 on I-80. A short walk gets you to a channel of the Platte River. On your way you'll see their young bison herd. There's a cool observation tower that's about 25 feet tall so you get great views of the river valley. Two pedestrian bridges cross the river allowing you to hike the wet meadow prairie on the island to the south. The nature center offers dawn and evening tours during the Sandhill and whooping crane migration each spring. During the tours you stand on the south bridge and have cranes a short distance from you feeding both in the wet meadow and standing in the river. This is a bucket list experience. Since the nature center is right off Interstate 80, it is a great place to stop to stretch your legs and engage your mind on a trip across Nebraska. The Center recently changed it 's name to the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center.

Visited August 2012
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Hastings, Nebraska
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44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice place”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

great place to go in the spring and view the cranes and other water fowl

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