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“A great stop to stretch out along I-80, or a destination for day trip.”

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A great stop to stretch out along I-80, or a destination for day trip.”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Such a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle of today's busy lives. I live just 45 miles from here and drive by it several times a month. I've always wanted to stop but had never found the time. This year, I made a date with my grown son and his 'Little Brother' to meet there for a day of exploring and a picnic. We had a great day!

Come for a visit during sandhill crane season (Late Feb.-Apr.) and see the amazing spectacle of hundreds and thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks. Bring a picnic or stop in at their snack bar and enjoy your meal outside on their tables that overlook the meadows. It is an excellent place to take a walk as they have groomed trails that take you thru the meadow and up close to the Platte River. There is also an education center, art gallery, and gift shop. Just off the I-80 exit 305 near Alda, Nebraska.

Visited March 2014
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Omaha, Nebraska
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice stop, now called "Crane Trust"”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Very nice place to get education about the crane migration. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Small set-up but adequate. Nice displays and good PBS video looping.
Snacks and gifts available.

Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Katherine L
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Evanson, Wyoming, United States
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“interesting stop”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

wildlife is terrific. information is wonderful. people are nice and friendly. I treasure my pictures of the beautiful sunset

Visited April 2013
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Thank Elaine P
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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267 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Morning Solitude”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

After a night of tent camping nearby we started the day out as the first visitors on this lovely Friday morning. The variety of flora and fauna is wonderful and the view from the observation tower is just a five-minute walk from the visitor's center. This is truly a stop worthy of your time. The buffalo are in their summer pasture so you have to head out onto the five miles of hiking trails. Bring your water bottle and bring your camera!

Visited June 2013
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4 Thank Jim B
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Papillion, Nebraska
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131 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice place to stop even when the cranes aren't here”
Reviewed 2 June 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick visit and walk along thbe trails. Saw lot of birds, and a deer running across the river. The Lady at the front desk was very friendly, made you feel like you were part of the family. Trails were nice and scenic. Wish we had more time. Next time I'll. Stop in when the cranes are here.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank SBert-NE
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