World Center for Birds of Prey

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5668 W Flying Hawk Ln

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Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.3

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The World Center for Birds of Prey is an indoor-outdoor education center. Visitors get a chance to see all sorts of raptors, including eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, and falcons from around the world. Throughout the day, four live bird presentations are offered (at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.). The 20-minute show highlights the physical and behavioral adaptations of the bird while handlers discuss its conservation status. Recent visitors praised the educational component and found the center impressive.

Meanwhile, families with younger children will enjoy the Discovery Room, which offers hands-on exhibits, with eggs, feathers, puzzles, and costumes to play with. An short outdoor walking trail where you can spot wild raptors and overlook Boise is another highlight. Other exhibits showcase raptor adaptations, diet, migration and breeding. 

The center is located 12 miles south of downtown Boise. The center is open March through November Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Monday). It closes at 4 p.m. December to February. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 4 to 16. For more information, visit the official website.

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