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We decided to drive through on our way home to see if we could spot the bison or elk today. And yes we did! We saw 4-5 head of elk with two of them being bulls and having pretty good size antlers. The bison we...More
My 8 year old twins and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon visit to the refuge. We spent 3.5 hours between the learning center and the 2 mile trail that circles the prairie just beyond the center. The girls had a nice time exploring the learning...More
We drove into the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge and were able to view the bison up fairly close to the car. We didn't see any elk the day we went, but that didn't ruin our experience. We saw a pheasant and a bunch of 12...More
Although our free time was limited by scheduled events, we found it entirely worth the hour to tour the Learning Center, see the movie, and drive through the reclaimed area of prairie. Good, clean family fun!
This is a large restored prairie with buffalo roaming the grass land. There is a modern learning center with professional displays and rangers who guide you to video displays. You can walk in the bufferfly garden and go on long trail exploring walks. The prairie...More
The center is very interactive and really good education for kids. Lots of info regarding Iowa in the very early years and small games for kids to play. There is a full sized buffalo in the center to see and touch. You have to take...More
I was driving home when I decided to visit the Refuge. The signs are misleading from I-80. One sign states it is 8 miles to the refuge, a short way down the road, the road states 10 miles. At any rate, I wanted to check...More