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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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Fun for the whole family.. give it a shot if you never have!

The visitor center is great to see examples of native animals in the area (taxidermy found deceased... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile

This is such an interesting place to go. Great for kids to learn about the outdoors and the birds... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Brandy M
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Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
+1 256-350-6639
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The visitor center is great to see examples of native animals in the area (taxidermy found deceased locally). The walking trails are fun. You can often see turtles, various birds, cranes, and maybe a bald eagle flying over head if you're lucky. The birding building...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This is such an interesting place to go. Great for kids to learn about the outdoors and the birds they have up there. This is one of my daughters favorite places to go. So much fun

Thank Brandy M
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Carried two grandsons and found out they know more about birds than I ever dreamed about. They would see a new flock come in and they would start naming them all, they out matched some big bird people. Proud of them. Then a nice stroll...More

Thank Jiffy2015
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Had some early business in Decatur, so we had time to look around. The day was beautiful for Alabama. It was sunny with a cool breeze and very few visitors. The trails are in good shape and there were several species of birds that my...More

1  Thank Joey R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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 15 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 14 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
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Deborah L
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