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Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Center

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Owl Festival 2019

I rate this experience right up there with visiting Disney. Why? It was the level of service... read more

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Very impressive wildlife - up close! Highly recommend for groups of all ages a must see and visit... read more

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
149 Natures Way, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059
+1 802-359-5000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I rate this experience right up there with visiting Disney. Why? It was the level of service received. The people that work and volunteer there were excellent in there communication and customer service. Everything appeared to be well thought out with the visitor in mind....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank regi1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive wildlife - up close! Highly recommend for groups of all ages a must see and visit - great facility!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank MagicMt5
Reviewed 22 January 2019

It is just amazing. Definitely pricey, but worth it. Everyone in my family loves it there and we visit regularly.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Henry S
Reviewed 22 January 2019

We decided to visit VINS when we saw signs along the highway leading to the establishment, and it was a great decision! We arrived just in time for a raptor feeding, which was very informative. From bald and golden eagles to snowy owls and ravens,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AshBernadette88
Reviewed 5 January 2019

January in VT provided a fantastic opportunity to visit VINS. We got up close and personal with owls, hawks, eagles, vultures, and other raptors, plus a few turtles, with staff and volunteers who were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The birds can't be released back into...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rickiboston
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Loved it here. They have a pretty impressive collection of raptors and really provide an entertaining tour of all of them. There are terrific trails on the grounds and plenty to do. I was impressed by the facility. If you like birds you should check...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Natsfan24
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Great visit. Tons of information & lots of rescued birds. Great demonstrations too. Make a donation while you are there too. Will return.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rbuskey106
Reviewed 24 October 2018

My husband and I visited this great facility while on a fall foliage trip. We are bird lovers, especially owls. On the day we stopped by we were able to catch a bird presentation in the auditorium where we were able to see owls and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DeeAnn M
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

It was neat to see this place finally. A good amount of display birds of prey with lots of Information. The site was smaller than I expected and we even walked the mid-length trail. The whole visit was 2 hours. Very small gift shop. Lots...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank toscwolfstar
Reviewed 4 September 2018

This nature center is located adjacent to Quechee Gorge. The nature center focuses on birds, particularly raptors. They have many different species of raptors in large, well kept cages. They also do demonstrations and lectures during the day. They also have nature trails, some of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank agnitfom2000
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Response from rbuskey106 | Reviewed this property |
Of course. They are a Non-profit organization. They will take anything. It was a great organization.
Carin S
5 October 2018|
Response from Kim P | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are not allowed.
Mary L
22 September 2015|
Response from Mb300sr | Reviewed this property |
can't remember. best to google.