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“The Birds Rule The Roost!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Quechee
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to Exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action. Open picnic areas, beverages and snacks are available at the Nature Store. The VINS Nature Center is located 1/2 mile west from the Quechee Gorge.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Merrillville, Indiana
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186 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
“The Birds Rule The Roost!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

This place has plenty of raptors that rule the roost. They have several owls, like the barn owl, Eastern Screech Owl (he was hooting a great deal of the time) and eagles, falcons, hawks, and a turkey vulture. The shows are great. I saw the raptor show. They brought out Three different owls and told many interesting things about them and VINS. There was plenty of seating under a tented area. There's a rehab hospital on the premises where you can look into the window and see what everyone is doing. I saw some baby chicks being fed. There are some nature trails to explore if interested. If you love birds like I do, you can't miss visiting this place.

Visited June 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“What an amazing place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

This place is AWESOME! My girlfriend doesn't even like birds and she loved it!! Not only do they have really cool raptors in their own cages on display, BUT they do this amazing raptor show where they bring out some of the birds to within an inch of your face. During the show, you learn a lot about the different types of raptors and some even fly around the room (our show was indoors that day because of the heat). The instructor was so nice and knowledgable...he also really had a way with children that kept them interested and entertained.

This is primarily a rehabilitation center. Most of the birds we saw had been injured and were being cared for until they could be released back into the wild. Some birds are there permanently because their injuries are too severe. We visited the little rehabilitation nursery area and saw a couple of baby birds being fed and cared for.

There are also these beautiful nature trails to walk along...none of them are too taxing or long, just really peaceful and picturesque. Highly recommended!!!

Visited July 2014
Thank Ross B
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Up Close Views of Birds”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

The bird viewing area was really cool. There was a pretty good variety - eagles, falcons, owls, etc. - and each had a story describing what circumstances led to the birds residing at VINS. I really enjoyed looking at the birds, but I guess I was expecting a little more (it didn't take us very long to go through everything). There were also some trails around the nature center that you could check out. I think this would be a great place to bring children.

Visited May 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“For Bird Lovers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

We visited mid week in April and had the place almost to ourselves! The many types of raptors and owls are impressive and there were lots of activities for families. The raptor show was interesting and informative, as was the up close view of the red tailed hawk and kestrel that they used in the demonstration. The fencing around all but one bird (peregrine) is not too intrusive for photos and if you know how to work your camera can eliminate the fencing in your photos! As we had the place to ourselves we could walk back and forth many times to look at the birds, read the signs etc. Very intersting place and you should consider adopting a bird for $30!

Visited April 2014
Thank account4fun
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“Had a great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Had a great time here. The raptor show was fantastic and getting up close to the eagles in the enclosure was amazing. I would defiantly recommend this.

Thank Shawn H
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