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National Wildlife Visitor Center

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Address: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708
Phone Number: +1 301-497-5760
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The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of...

The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.

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We've been driving through Maryland looking for national parks, historic sites, and well-advertised places of interest---the words "Visitor Center" drew us off the road every... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Randy L
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We've been driving through Maryland looking for national parks, historic sites, and well-advertised places of interest---the words "Visitor Center" drew us off the road every time. Those words caught our attention along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and drew us into one of the most worthwhile stops on our vacation. Beyond the beautiful scenery and opportunities to hike in the area, there... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I really like walking around this park. There is a tram on the weekends too. The walking trails are short, but there is a nice pond where you can sit and meditate if you so wish. It's a close drive to malls, so you can easily fit a visit into your busy schedule. Walking is good exercise for everyone.

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Dade City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The first thing we saw was a deer run across the road. I am ashamed to admit we went there to use the bathroom. Who knew what we would find. There was a lot of interesting things to look at. But the best thing by far was when my daughter found a stuffed animal Sandhill Crane. (She loves them) I... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I have lived near this place much of my life but only found it a few years ago. Nice (shortish) hikes that are very scenic. Evidently bird watchers really like it here. There is also a little tram that takes you on a loop around the park but I haven't checked that out. The trails are rarely crowded which is... More 

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east coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Small exhibit area, pretty trails. Easy to get to by car. Really enjoyed our visit. Woods and water both.

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Thank rednissan
Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

A good stop on the way through on 295. We did not venture out into the trails, we just stayed inside and checked out the exhibits in the visitor center. Not a lot to see there, but what is there is interesting. Though they are dated, we enjoyed the wolves and polar bear on display, you do not see too... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Just a 40+ minute drive from the DC area, this is a must visit for nature and bird lovers. We were able to see a nesting osprey family, a large grey heron, and several frogs during our lovely one hour walk around the lake. The lily's are in full bloom and cover the lake with sparkles of pink and white.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Very relaxing area to visit - the paths through the woods and along the streams was simply wonderful. We did not see many other people - and that was great. We wanted to enjoy nature and see the sights. Have been to this place in the Spring, Fall, and Winter and it was wonderful. Now that it is Summer -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Want to experience nature? This is the place.. Has a visitor center explaining the habitat and the wildlife available in the surrounding wildlife reserve. Nice to stroll around the trails during early spring or towards fall. Summer days are sometimes to HOT and humid.

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Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

I would pass by the entrance to this place every once in awhile and thought this would be a good place to hang out with the kids when I have some time. There's a small Museum which when I went was very dated however it still educational and walking around outside by the water was nice. This is a nice... More 

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