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“Lovely wildlife but dissapointed in condition of structures”

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Decatur
Certificate of Excellence
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Vinemont, Alabama
1 review
“Lovely wildlife but dissapointed in condition of structures”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

visitor center was not open when we went. It looks like it has been a long time since they did any improvements

Visited February 2013
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English first
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358 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Relaxing Visit!”
Reviewed 30 April 2013 via mobile

I live just a couple of miles from here and visit often. Very relaxing place for a stroll and to enjoy nature. Blinds offer awesome viewing and you'll see a wide variety of species. Boardwalks scattered about at to the experience. Hidden gem right in our backyard.

Visited May 2012
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Huntsville, Alabama
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257 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“On US 67 "The Beltline"”
Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

Visitor Center is a mile or so east of US 31 (Decatur's 6th Avenue).

Or, from I 65 it is a couple of miles west from exit 334 (Priceville).

US 67 is a very busy highway. Consider approaching this visitor center from the west, and departing it to the east, if you are not a very patient, confident driver.

There is a center turn lane, but no traffic light.

The visitor center sign is on the south side of US 67.

Migrating geese, ducks, cranes, et al stop here. Especially September thru new year's, with a peak between Christmas and New Year's. Then you can see thousands of birds.

We came in April. We didn't see many birds, but the place wasn't crowded with people.

This attraction is free!

There are more trails and things than are obvious, so tell the lady at the counter what you're looking for.

You might also ask what is across the highway, as it appears there may be more to see there.

Visited April 2013
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“not to be missed”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

If you appreciate birds and bogs you must stop here. Boardwalks and comfortable blind afford excellent nature observations.

Visited March 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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671 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
“Excellent wildife viewing, especially birds”
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Wheeler NWR is a special place, particularly in migration and in winter. Sandhill Cranes winter here, as well as a wide variety of waterfowl. There is marshland and deep water.
Trails give good access to woods. A short trail from the visitor center takes you to a multi-level observation building with built in scopes to help you see the geese, ducks, gulls, cranes, and songbirds coming to the well-stocked feeders.

There are many ways to explore this area: sitting and watching the feeders at the visitor center, driving through the area, walking trails or and levees. Plan several hours to enjoy it.

Visited January 2013
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