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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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History, Wild Life, an Excellent place for all Children, even me to viisit(over 70)

Carried two grandsons and found out they know more about birds than I ever dreamed about. They would see a new flock come in and they would start naming them all, they out matched... read more

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Priceville, Alabama
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Priceville, Alabama
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Carried two grandsons and found out they know more about birds than I ever dreamed about. They would see a new flock come in and they would start naming them all, they out matched some big bird people. Proud of them. Then a nice stroll around the edge of the wildlife. This is a got to be for young and... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had some early business in Decatur, so we had time to look around. The day was beautiful for Alabama. It was sunny with a cool breeze and very few visitors. The trails are in good shape and there were several species of birds that my wife and daughter saw. The visitor's centers staff were very friendly and helpful. The only... More 

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Thank Joey R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love going out there during the winter when the cranes come in. Has a great viewing area and education center. If you are in Decatur area in the winter stop by.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The refuge is quite extensive with several unconnected units which can be accessed. Don't miss the visitor center and the observation building. The latter must be one of the largest in the country.

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Shawano
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

It's a quiet and peaceful place. Family friendly. There is a 10 minute film that is very good as an orientation. There is no admission fee.

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Thank RiverAngel2013
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The staff does a wonderful job sharing stories of interest about wildlife. Also pointed us to a wonderful price for admittance to all national parks for seniors.

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Thank Herschel M
Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Spent the morning watching SandHill and Whooping Cranes along with a variety of duck species. Wonderful venue and many nice trails nearby.

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Thank MollyMac_11
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Even before you enter the welcome center, you see paths which lead into the refuge, just begging for you to take them. Inside the center, you will see a number of interesting displays which teaches the ecosystem. A video presentation is quite informative. Just a short walk to the observation building where, under the cover and silence of the building,... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband had visited before and knew I'd love the refuge and he was correct. The nature center is enjoyable although one exhibit was difficult to see details because the lights were so bright. The tv loop with the interview was fun to watch. Absolutely adored the birding observation building. There were many people there that made it a regular... More 

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Thank cindyannsmith
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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Sand hill cranes and a few whooping cranes mixed in. Can't miss them. You can hear and see them from the visitor center.

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