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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

#2 of 19 things to do in Austin Features Animals
1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912-4104
+1 507-437-7519
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Great place!

I come here for walks, the trails are Great and very well maintained. The new Nature Center is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Chillf
Open house for new interpretive center

A must to see if in the area. New center has opportunities for young & old. Very well planned out... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Marsha K
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Home to over 10 miles of hiking trails that take visitors through over 500 acres of prairies, wetlands and forests. An observation tower provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding preserve. The Interpretative Center offers a variety of displays, hands on exhibits and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Live educational animals allow visitors to get up close to some exciting native species. The Childhood Room features a library, puzzles, games and a great view of the bird feeders. The Jay C Hormel Nature Center offers ski and snow shoe rental in the winter, kayak and canoe rental in the summer and many special events year-round.
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912-4104
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+1 507-437-7519
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I come here for walks, the trails are Great and very well maintained. The new Nature Center is first rate.

Thank Chillf
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

A must to see if in the area. New center has opportunities for young & old. Very well planned out & a treasure of a center. The trails also offer an adventure for all grass paths or tar your choice. Come & experience the beauty...More

Thank Marsha K
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is about the best hiking you are going to get for Mower County. It is good for going for shorter hour or less walks and they are going to be opening a new visitor center there also. Good place to spend some time if...More

Thank MandySSS
Reviewed 27 November 2016

We walked here on Thanksgiving and again the next day. There were very few other walkers. We loved the tall prairie grasses and the variety of landscapes we could walk through.

1  Thank Larry P
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

This is the place to go to for time away from all the hustle & bustle of the day! Go & enjoy some time out in the wide open spaces & listen to the birds singing!! Hiking is the best!!

Thank Marsha K
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Was just there for a wedding ceremony and reception, and the outside ceremony was absolutely gorgeous. Enough space to move, plenty of places to hide the bride until it's time, and the inside for the reception had plenty of space to eat and dance. All...More

Thank thil1jul
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This beautiful, natural, wooded area is getting a face lift with a new building to great visitors. Not finished yet but moving ahead to a wonderful welcoming place for folks of all ages to visit and learn more about the outdoors. Many trails to walk...More

Thank pathollund
Ben S, Intern Naturalist at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Fall is a beautiful time at the Nature Center! Walking the 10+ miles of trails, you are almost sure to see wildlife, and some of the first leaves revealing their fall colors. The new interpretive center is well underway and scheduled to be dedicated on...More

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The visitor center was good and a new one is being built. Just don't go during lunch; as they will "kick you out" so they can close and go to lunch. The trails are very good and the scenery is fantastic.More

1  Thank cuTRis
Ben S, Intern Naturalist at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Thank you for the positive review! The Nature Center's new interpretive center building is under construction, with the dedication ceremony scheduled for Earth Day (April 22nd) 2017. While we currently close over the lunch hour (12-1 pm), we are working toward staffing the center to...More

Reviewed 5 August 2016

Nice place to visit, very quaint. Austin is a remarkable little town that revolves around the HORMEL plant. Very nice restaurants and bar scene also. If you do get a chance to visit this neat little city you HAVE to check out TENDERMAID loose hamburger...More

Thank ronkury
Ben S, Intern Naturalist at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2016

Thank you for your positive review of Austin! While you are in Austin, the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is a great place for a pre- or post-meal walk out in nature. Stretch your legs and see all kinds of wildlife before cheering on the...More

Reviewed 3 August 2016

Great place to explore summer or winter! Lots of wildlife, birds, and great scenery. Well maintained trails to hike or cross-country ski on.

Thank Gina D
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