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International Crane Foundation

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Address: E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913-9778
Phone Number:
+1 608-356-9462
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The International Crane Foundation is the only place on Earth where you can...

The International Crane Foundation is the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world's crane species! Located in Baraboo amid the farmlands of southern Wisconsin, the International Crane Foundation's headquarters are just ten minutes from the Wisconsin Dells and surrounding Baraboo Hills. Visitors to our site can enjoy a guided tour of the world's cranes, take a hike on our nature trails, and browse nature themed items from around the world in our gift shop.

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Wonderful organization dedicated to "everything" cranes. You will learn more than you thought you never knew about cranes, have a chance to see and read about them, visit their... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Mel C
Baraboo, Wisconsin
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful organization dedicated to "everything" cranes. You will learn more than you thought you never knew about cranes, have a chance to see and read about them, visit their nesting environments, and even enjoy the many hiking rails around the foundation. You won't be disappointed. The membership is very reasonable, and offers entry into other entities. Visit them and see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

A truly impressive organization that has done so much to protect all of the world's crane species. Be sure to start by watching the movie in the visitors center which explains their mission, global connections and the importance of conservation. Then walk the nicely paved paths to view and learn about all 15 different species. There is also a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic, 16 species of cranes from around the world. Very informative, I hadn't realized the many places cranes lived, and to see them up close was great.

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Fort Myers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

So interesting to see their work and the conservation efforts with cranes. Excellent interpreters! It was fun to hear all of the personal stories for each of the cranes. Fascinating. A must see!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

At the ICF we were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff who advised us of the best use of our time for our party of three. We strolled about learning of the beautiful cranes. We could have hiked more on the nice trails but we had one elderly lady who was tired. It was the perfect simple outing for a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

A true international exhibit of all the cranes in the world. Just the opportunity to see whooping cranes is worth the admission. The crested cranes are beautiful, too. The setting is peaceful and beautiful.

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Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The opportunity to walk around and enjoy various types of cranes from around the world in an outside environment was great. Very educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is a real find for bird lovers. The story behind their history and mission is all about passion. And, the cranes are amazing and truly beautiful!

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Near the Dells, this is a welcome respite from that chaotic fun. This organization is doing great work to save cranes all around the globe. This is the ONLY place in the world where you can see all 15 types of cranes in one place. Worth a visit for sure,

Thank KVRose
Lake Mills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The ICF has several cranes from around the world all in one location. There is information on each one. Motorized chairs are available for those not able to walk the short distances between pens. They also have an outstanding gift shop! Very worthwhile the stop.

Thank Ronald T

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