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Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center

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9325 S Alda Rd, I-80 Exit #305, Grand Island, NE 68883-9565
+1 308-382-1820
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Just of the interstate, but feels like another world

This is one of the headquarters to observed the annual migration of the sandhill cranes. About half... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
gibby2
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Grand Island, Nebraska
A nice place to learn about cranes and the environment

We stopped here to learn about their event for the solar eclipse. They had a nice movie about what... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
joelwx39
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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.
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is one of the headquarters to observed the annual migration of the sandhill cranes. About half a million of these large birds pass through this area from the end of February through the first of April, with peak season usually early to mid-March. This...More

Thank gibby2
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We're so happy you appreciate this amazing place!

Reviewed 21 October 2017

We stopped here to learn about their event for the solar eclipse. They had a nice movie about what they do with the cranes. We did not see cranes, as it was not the time of year when they migrate. They have a nice area...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you for stopping in, Joel. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a nice review and hope you visit us again during the migration!

Reviewed 25 September 2017

This attraction is located at exit 305 on I80 in Nebraska. It is a hidden gem as there is a lot to see and the nature walks are well documented. There are plantings that attract butterflies and honey bees. They also have a large herd...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you come back soon!

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Handicapped Parking (what little there is) requires navigating a circuitous route of approximately 150 feet with a sidewalk only over its last 15 feet.More

Thank KenMiles-Tulsa
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, Ken. We're sorry to hear you weren't pleased with the handicapped parking accessibilty. Unfortunately, we did not create the parking lot but continue to repaint and use what was originally created. We will discuss more appropriate...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Ten thousand acres that are there to support the sandhill crane migration but it is a fantastic spot anytime. The trails through the meadow are spectacular. The river is beautiful. We will go back for the cranes. This time was for the eclipse. It was...More

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Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

We're so happy to hear you had such a great experience on the prairie! We look forward to having you back. Thank you for the glowing review, Bob! (P.S. The meal was catered in by HyVee. :))

Reviewed 6 September 2017

First off, I am not a diehard Sandhills Crane crazy person. I grew up in the area and you just get used to the migration. But I stopped by with my kids at the visitor center and it is a neat, unique place to visit.

Thank DPatNE
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope you come back again soon. Thank you for leaving a great review.

Reviewed 4 September 2017

Of course we were there during the eclipse days and did not have a chance to see the cranes, however the exhibit was so stimulating that we are planning to come back in the spring and take our fill of this fabulous experience. The staff...More

Thank WillisBayTrading
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a great review. We're so happy you could join us for the eclipse and plan to come back for the migration. You won't be disappointed!

Reviewed 28 August 2017

We went for the solar eclipse. This was a fantastic location that was very rural. We witnessed a big life event at a location that felt very prairie like. The grounds have great pathways and bridges over the river. The building Is very nice with...More

Thank Sue H
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

We are thrilled you joined us for the total eclipse and cherished your time on the prairie. Thank you for your glowing review and we hope to see you back for the migration!

Reviewed 24 August 2017

The big show is the sandhill crane migration - but it is worth a stop any time of year. We came to view the total eclipse, but arrived early so we were able to wander the trails and see the exhibits before the solar show...More

Thank timmind
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We do have so much to offer outside of crane season and it's wonderful when visitors truly appreciate that - thank you for sharing your review.

Reviewed 15 August 2017

Very interesting, if you are planning a trip for late Feb or March next year, come through Nebraska and see the cranes. This is when they are migrating. I had seen them driving on the interestate and it is amazing to see so many birds....More

Thank Carolyn M
Josie D, Public Relations Manager at Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Carolyn. Yes, tours are available and can be booked online starting in January. Cottages are available via our all-inclusive VIP experience and tend to fill up quickly. We hope you have a chance to come...More

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1traveler49
7 August 2017|
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Response from Josie D | Property representative |
If you are passing through in August, you may find all sorts of things to do at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. Aside from the fine art gallery, gift shop and educational displays inside, there are miles of hiking... More
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ChgoJudyMc
21 March 2015|
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Response from Karen K | Property representative |
There's always something to see here! June will find the prairie wildflowers blooming in abundance, and grassland birds will be everywhere. Our smaller bison herd is on exhibition at the nature and visitor center year-round... More
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Marilyn E
27 January 2015|
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You can book tours by calling the visitor center at 308-382-1820/
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