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“Incredible raptor exhibits”
Review of VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center
Ranked #2 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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The attraction web site calls the live raptor show "an unforgettable experience", and I must agree. Several of these beautiful hunters, ranging from a kestrel to a red-tailed hawk, were brought out to meet us; we watched them fly back and forth from perhaps fifteen feet away. Their keepers talked passionately and at length about habitats, hunting strategies, migration patterns, protection and care of injured animals, and more. About 20 species total are on display at the Nature Center, and the staff were all very friendly and well-informed. There are also a few trails (about a mile in total) running behind the Center, along the Ottauquechee river, one with a short scavenger hunt for the kids. A bit pricey, but worth the visit.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I'd give the experience an "Average" for price-to-entertainment ratio, but since the money is going to the care and health of the injured birds in this sanctuary, I feel that it's worth the price of admission. The birds were fascinating, and the knowledgable and friendly staff seemed to really care about their welfare.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We so enjoyed our visit to the VINS Nature Center. http://www.vinsweb.org. We saw many varieties of raptors, saw a reptile habitat exhibit and watched a show with a trainer and various birds. There was something for everyone. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

The raptor exhibits are fantastic. They have a lot of different birds, a few of which (the eagle and some of the owls) were quite impressive. Look ahead for when the demonstrations are; we were lucky enough to be there when they set free an owl they had been nursing back to health, and that was fun to see. Apart from the birds, the rest of the facility is only so so. But this is still a nice place to stop if you have kids and are in the Woodstock/Quechee area.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

The admission for Youth (4-17): $11, Adults: $13, and $12 for Seniors 65yrs & older. It was worth the money to help these wonderful various birds, with a close view of eagles, falcons, and owls. The Live Raptor Show was very educational and enjoyable.

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