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We visited the Center as a family to see and experience all the wind towers. Our niece was one of... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Lindy W
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Camano Island, Washington
Highly recommend

Make sure to get there at 10 AM or 2PM to get the guided tour but this is a great educational... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2018
jeannem284
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La Grand
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

We got a nice tip from the owner of the gem shop in Vantage to drive the 12 miles to the Wild Horse Wind Farm and check out the wind turbines. Very glad we did. They did an excellent job with their interpretive center! We learned a ton about wind energy and got to see and hear them up close. They also have a full turbine and engine on display. The drive takes you to an excellent vantage point with views of Mt. Rainier, Adams, and St. Helen's on a clear day. If you have time this is well worth the short drive.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is the only opportunity the average person will have to go on a guided tour to see a wind turbine up close. If you can walk a block on a crushed rock trail the tour will take you to the base of a near by turbine, then inside to have a look at the ladder to the top and all the inner workings. The views of the surrounding landscape are breathtakingly beautiful. The Renewable Energy Center itself is beautiful and provides those unable to take the tour with a relaxed safe learning experience. This is a one of a kind learning experience.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Wind farms are fascinating whether you love them or hate them. The visitor center is spectacular and, not surprisingly, quite windy. But the tour is actually quite informative despite a bit of propoganda. Make sure to call ahead or check the web for their tour schedule.

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Reviewed May 10, 2014

1. In a time when the use of fossil fuels is complex in it's consequences, it is important to examine alternate sources of energy and the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center provides a rare educational opportunity. Driving among the wind towers when the wind is blowing and the rotors are turning is an uncanny and strangely disorienting experience you won't soon forget.

2. Located on a promontory, the view of the surrounding land is wild and wonderful, with miles and miles of high desert scrub lands bordered in the furthest distance by snow topped mountain ranges, Mt Rainier and Mt Adams. Wild flowers abound in season, including a variety of blooming cactus which is found nowhere else in the state. You may wander the ridges and valleys on your own if you fill out a permit.

3. The interpretive center offers many meaningful displays, besides being a particularly attractive building (with nice restrooms.) Often tea and coffee are offered by various organizations, which is a nice touch. Several picnic tables offer a sunny vantage point for a pleasant lunch.

4. Most people agree, however, that the free wind tower tours are the feature that makes this stop memorable. A knowlegable guide will take you around the facility, explaining the size and power of the towers and of the solar arrays. You can see up close, and touch, one of the huge tower blades. Finally, you will get to enter an actual tower -- large enough at the base to fit 20 people or a small car -- and a peek up into the tower.

Hint: Allow at least an hour or two for this stop, giving time for the drive up to the top, the tour of the wind tower, an examination of the displays, and time to stare at the wonder of these surroundings. This is a great place to take out-of-town guests and is always a hit.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I spent an afternoon here with my aunts & just loved it. We were able to go on the guided tour. It was informative & interesting. Adam is a great tour guide. The view from up there is spectacular & it was very exciting getting to look up inside a turbine.

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