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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 24 things to do in Decatur Features Animals
Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
+1 256-350-6639
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Great place for learning about wildlife.

I love going out there during the winter when the cranes come in. Has a great viewing area and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jeanne E
A Great Outdoor Experience

The refuge is quite extensive with several unconnected units which can be accessed. Don't miss the... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Doug K
Denver, Colorado
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Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
+1 256-350-6639
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love going out there during the winter when the cranes come in. Has a great viewing area and education center. If you are in Decatur area in the winter stop by.

Thank Jeanne E
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The refuge is quite extensive with several unconnected units which can be accessed. Don't miss the visitor center and the observation building. The latter must be one of the largest in the country.

Thank Doug K
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

It's a quiet and peaceful place. Family friendly. There is a 10 minute film that is very good as an orientation. There is no admission fee.

Thank RiverAngel2013
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The staff does a wonderful job sharing stories of interest about wildlife. Also pointed us to a wonderful price for admittance to all national parks for seniors.

Thank Herschel M
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Spent the morning watching SandHill and Whooping Cranes along with a variety of duck species. Wonderful venue and many nice trails nearby.

Thank MollyMac_11
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Even before you enter the welcome center, you see paths which lead into the refuge, just begging for you to take them. Inside the center, you will see a number of interesting displays which teaches the ecosystem. A video presentation is quite informative. Just a...More

Thank Ellis C
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband had visited before and knew I'd love the refuge and he was correct. The nature center is enjoyable although one exhibit was difficult to see details because the lights were so bright. The tv loop with the interview was fun to watch. Absolutely...More

Thank cindyannsmith
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Sand hill cranes and a few whooping cranes mixed in. Can't miss them. You can hear and see them from the visitor center.

Thank umas7
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We were happy to stumble onto this beautify bird refuge. Over 700 Heron were hanging out and the it's easy to take the short walk to the inside heated/cooled observation area. Great to visit and it's free.

Thank Charles R
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Seeing the Whopping Cranes is an experience of a lifetime. December through January is the best time. Their numbers that arrive at Wheeler vary each year. We have been twice this season and in December we saw 7 and in January we saw only 1....More

Thank RockytotheMax
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Deborah L
What about handicapped people
3 October 2015|
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Response from MitchDees | Reviewed this property |
The visitors center is handicapped accessible. The pathways to the bird observation building are crushed granite pathways and would be accessible. The first floor of the bird observation building would be accessible, if you... More