Visit the National Eagle Center

Experience our breathtaking views and come face-to-face with our eagle ambassadors

Whether this is your first or 100th visit to the Center, we have a memorable experience awaiting you. Choose from our unique bird-watching adventures and enter a world where eagles and expectations soar.

Plan Your Next Amazing Eagle Experience!

Join an epic bird-watching expedition by coach bus to the Upper Mississippi River Valley and watch Bald and Golden Eagles and other majestic birds in their natural habitat, guided by our expert naturalists.

Choose from the following adventures.

Bald Eagle Field Trip

Bald Eagle Field Trip

(Available October through April)

In summer, observe Bald Eagles nesting along the river valley and feeding their young fish from the Mississippi River.

In winter, experience the migration of hundreds of Bald Eagles and watch as they perch in the trees along the river’s edge.

Bald Eagle Field Trip

Golden Eagle Field Trip

(Available November through April)

Golden Eagles are more elusive than Bald Eagles and live and hunt along the bluffs. Thanks to the ongoing work of our annual Golden Eagle Survey, we are learning more about these beautiful birds.

Learn to identify Golden and Bald Eagles, distinguish a juvenile Bald Eagle from an adult Golden Eagle, and receive pointers on how to spot a Golden Eagle along the bluffs.

Swan And Waterfowl Field Trip

Swan And Waterfowl Field Trip

Every fall, thousands of Tundra Swans migrate through the region en route to their winter grounds on the Chesapeake Bay. Many species of waterfowl also move through the Upper Mississippi River Flyway and spend the winter on the river.

Our expert naturalists guide you to swan and waterfowl viewing hotspots and teach you about their migration, diet, and tips for identifying them on your own.

Journey Behind The Scenes

Journey Behind The Scenes

Join a small group of eagle and raptor enthusiasts and get a unique look at how we care for our eagles.

The behind the scenes tour may include:

  • Assisting with or watching food prep.
  • An eagle training or enrichment session.
  • One-on-one learning with avian care and education staff.
  • Free exploration time of the Center.

Temporarily unavailable due to avian flu outbreak.

Book a Habitat Tour

Book a Habitat Tour

Follow your naturalist guide in your own vehicle to pre-scouted locations to observe Bald Eagles, migrating waterfowl, and the beautiful, but elusive Golden Eagles that overwinter in the region.

Habitat Tours include:

  • A premium 2.5 hour experience.
  • Expert guides and scouted locations.
  • Your choice of Bald Eagle or Golden Eagle focus.
  • Personalized one on one learning with an eagle expert in the field.
  • Complimentary collectible replica eagle band for each attendee.
  • Free passes for admission to the Center.
Journey Behind The Scenes

Book A River Cruise

Enjoy a fun and memorable afternoon viewing Bald Eagles and other wildlife with a cruise on the Mississippi River’s picturesque Lake Pepin aboard the Pearl of the Lake. These cruises offer you the chance to view eagles from the river perspective and provide an up-close look at their behavior and habitat as well as amazing photo opportunities.

Bring your family, friends, and camera, and join our expert naturalists and the crew of the Pearl of the Lake for an experience you won’t soon forget.

River Cruises include:

  • A premium 2-hour experience.
  • Expert guides and informative programming.
  • Indoor and open-air seating available.
  • On-board restroom.
  • On-board refreshments available for purchase.
  • Free passes for admission to the Center.

Cruises begin boarding at 3:15pm and launch at 3:30pm.

NOTICE: Cruises are currently sold out through August! Be sure to get on the waiting list as spots do open up.

 Cancellation Policy

We always keep a close eye on the weather and conditions concerning our field trips, cruise, and experiences. Cancellations are rare. In the event that the National Eagle Center is forced to cancel an experience, all registrants will receive a full refund.

For experiences that are not cancelled, registrants must request a refund by 5 p.m. three days prior to the event to receive a full refund.
(Example: for a Saturday field trip, a refund request must be received by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the trip.)


Hear why visitors from around the world call us the premier destination for wildlife and eagle enthusiasts.

"What an amazing place! With pretty high expectations, I was pleasantly surprised that the experience was way above our expectations! The best volunteer-based museum/education center I have ever visited — you can definitely feel their enthusiasm, love, and devotion."

James D.

Winnipeg, Canada

"LOVE the National Eagle Center! Been there many times and learn something new every time!"

Dan K.


"Great place for everyone!"

Christine H.


"What an awesome place for the eagles! Thank you so much!"

Patricia R.


Center Hours

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday - Sunday


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Book Your Perfect Day

Observe eagles in their natural environment, meet our eagle ambassadors up close, and learn from our eagle experts and caretakers who are here to answer questions.

Stop by our beautiful gift shops and take a piece of the National Eagle Center home with you.

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