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Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center

#1 of 4 things to do in Prairie City Features Animals
9981 Pacific St, Prairie City, IA 50228-7820
+1 515-994-3400
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Cameras/binoculars a must!

We drove into the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and were able to view the bison up fairly close to the... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
Warminster, Pennsylvania
Worth a Visit!

Although our free time was limited by scheduled events, we found it entirely worth the hour to tour... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Wayne K
Stockbridge, Georgia
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This is the largest prairie reconstruction project in the United States.
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9981 Pacific St, Prairie City, IA 50228-7820
+1 515-994-3400
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

We drove into the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and were able to view the bison up fairly close to the car. We didn't see any elk the day we went, but that didn't ruin our experience. We saw a pheasant and a bunch of 12...More

1  Thank 858sharlae
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Although our free time was limited by scheduled events, we found it entirely worth the hour to tour the Learning Center, see the movie, and drive through the reclaimed area of prairie. Good, clean family fun!

1  Thank Wayne K
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Loved the 2 mile loop trail. We were relatively close to the buffalo though we got closer when we did the auto path. It was an easy paved trail all the way. Nice afternoon out with the family.

1  Thank Lorena H
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a large restored prairie with buffalo roaming the grass land. There is a modern learning center with professional displays and rangers who guide you to video displays. You can walk in the bufferfly garden and go on long trail exploring walks. The prairie...More

2  Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Great place for kids. A little barren in the winter but an interesting place. Iowa nature is more beautiful than expected.

1  Thank craig19852014
Reviewed 22 December 2016

The center is very interactive and really good education for kids. Lots of info regarding Iowa in the very early years and small games for kids to play. There is a full sized buffalo in the center to see and touch. You have to take...More

1  Thank Denise B
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place to view wildlife and hike. It's a very pleasant afternoon. Very pretty area especially when the flowers are in bloom. Stop here and go eat at Goldie's very nearby.

1  Thank juward7
Reviewed 12 July 2016

I was driving home when I decided to visit the Refuge. The signs are misleading from I-80. One sign states it is 8 miles to the refuge, a short way down the road, the road states 10 miles. At any rate, I wanted to check...More

1  Thank torpdo
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We saw Neal Smith wildlife refuge on the atlas map on a westward trip. It was a cloudy July day. Amazing place. Visitor center was excellent and informative. Hike on trail loaded with blooming flowers and birds. And we saw a herd of bison. Did...More

3  Thank nsilld
Reviewed 21 June 2016

First time visiting the refuge. Took the auto tour, saw nothing but got covered with dirt and dust from the gravel roads. We thought we would see something but not one animal, not even a rabbit could be seen. Very disappointing waste of time and...More

2  Thank angelwn2016
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