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Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

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Address: 44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE 68840-4019
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Conserving habitat along the Platte River focusing on Sandhill cranes,...

Conserving habitat along the Platte River focusing on Sandhill cranes, other wildlife and their habitats. Rowe sanctuary offers hiking trails, a visitor center, and gift shop. Seasonally, we offer viewing blinds which are strategically placed along the Platte River to provide excellent views of the Sandhill Cranes while they are on their river roost. Viewings are scheduled daily from March 2016- April 10 2016, last approximately two hours, and are led by trained guides. Crane Season Hours for the Iain Nicholson Audubon Visitor Center: Daily 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

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So much more than just Cranes!

This has become a yearly thing for our family. You can read hundreds of reviews about crane watching here, and yes this is one of the better places to come for that! But Rowe... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Los Altos, California
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158 reviews
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We traveled to Kearney for the crane migration. We reserved a sunrise and a sunset blind viewing with Rowe. It was easy to make the reservations, although we did have to do both on the same day as many days were booked up. We drove out to the sanctuary the day before to attend the 'crane basics' seminar, which was... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This has become a yearly thing for our family. You can read hundreds of reviews about crane watching here, and yes this is one of the better places to come for that! But Rowe Sanctuary is more than just cranes. If you are the outdoorsy type at all, you can come here any time and see all sorts of waterfowl,... More 

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Thank Ken B
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always visit the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary (near Kearney, NE) for hiking, birding, especially in March-April to see the great Sandhill Crane migration as well as the waterfowl.

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Thank Carol-Ann B
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure what to expect in the blinds. They were more comfortable then I expected. You can stand or sit but you must be quiet. Dress warm, it can get cold during the Sandhill Crane time of year. They are well organized and manage the process of getting to and from the blinds well. We were there for a... More 

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Thank SpiderSD
Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The early morning bird blind tour was superb and exceeded all expectations. We had two knowledgeable guides and close access to watch thousands of Sandhill Cranes wake up and head out for the day. The Audubon sanctuary has three blinds right on the river, and they are super organized about getting people to the blinds and ensuring you have a... More 

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Thank Dana5169
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been a number of times prior, the experience stays seared in memory for a lifetime. Going to a blind in the morning &/or evening to see the largest mystical - magical migration in North America, for a measly $25 bucks is the best money you will ever spend. Period. There is not another experience like it to be had... More 

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Thank TSwan2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second visit. It's a wonderful wilderness and educational opportunity just off I-80. We are here during the great sandhill crane migration, which is a true spectacle. You don't have to visit Rowe to see the cranes and other local wildlife, but if you want to learn more about them, Rowe is a perfect place.

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Thank Melanie R
Kansas
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The migration of the Sandhill Cranes, from Texas/Mexico to Alaska and points north, seems to be centered around this area of the Platte River. The sandbars in the river provide safety at night for the cranes, and the local farm fields provide seed for food in the day. We were there March 22 and managed to see the peak of... More 

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Hartland
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best places to view the crane migration.. Plan ahead and make reservations in January for the Blind Tours.. Helpful, informative staff on hand to answer any questions..

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited to view the sandhill crane migration. I did both the morning and evening blind tours. The guides were volunteers and very knowledgeable and nice. Morning and evening viewing are both spectacular but I think I enjoyed morning more as that is the time they all flyaway to the corn fields and the sight was overwhelming. There is walking... More 

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