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“Must See! Less than 1/2 Mile from Queechee Gorge”
Review of VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to Exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action. Open picnic areas, beverages and snacks are available at the Nature Store. The VINS Nature Center is located 1/2 mile west from the Quechee Gorge.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Did the hike down the Gorge..pretty easy walk. Then spent the afternoon at VINS watching and learning about the raptors and other wildlife of Vermont. Great staff. Nice gift shop. Phenomenal birds...bring your camera!

Thank BusyBizTraveler20
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"birds of prey"
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"beautiful birds"
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"snowy owl"
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"rehab center"
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"permanent residents"
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"educational programs"
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"knowledgeable staff"
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"on display"
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"admission fee"
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"money goes"
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"harris hawk"
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"three generations"
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"injured animals"
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"golden eagle"
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"nice facility"
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

An excellent place to learn about raptors, owls, see them, & handle them. A nice guided hike down to the Quechee river is a good side event they offer. Knowledgeable staff, generous with their answers and time. It is a bit pricey if you're taking the family.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

You can see Hawks, Owls and Eagles up close. The staff are very knowledgeable and put on a great show with some of the birds. Very interesting for both young and old.

Thank Banjonut
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center (VINS) has a name that sounds educational and like something you ought to do on vacation. And yes, you'll learn lots of great things, even if you have only an hour. But you shouldn't go because you should; you must go because it is GREAT FUN!!! Even if your interest in Raptors is casual, you'll have a great time. And if you're fascinated by birds of prey close-up, as many people have been for thousands of years of history, you will LOVE this extraordinary, easy-access, close-up look at so many powerful birds. "Eyes in the front: born to hunt. Eyes on the side: born to hide." This is NOT just for kids or bird-fanatics, promise! Well worth finding what time brief programs are scheduled too, so you can view raptors in flight close up too. Did I mention they're open year round? Memorable, and most of all FUN.

Thank JuneOfBoston
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Get "up close and personal" to raptors and see how these birds of prey are rehabilitated and cared for.

Thank SandraNewHampshire
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