International Crane Foundation

Visit the International Crane Foundation


Beginning in fall 2018, the International Crane Foundation will embark on a $10 million expansion and renovation. As a result, our headquarters will be closed for the 2019 visitor season. We plan on reopening the site in 2020. Click here to learn more about the renovation and how you can still stay involved next year!

The International Crane Foundation is the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world’s crane species!

Located in Baraboo amid the farmlands of southern Wisconsin, the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters are just ten minutes from the Wisconsin Dells and surrounding Baraboo Hills. Visitors to our site can enjoy a guided tour of the world’s cranes, take a hike on our nature trails, and browse nature-themed items from around the world in our gift shop.

Looking for a fun family day trip? Watch this short video from Buzzed Into Madison to help plan your visit to our headquarters!

Planning Your Visit

  • Open to the public every day between April 15 and October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Click here for our admission fees and directions to our site.
  • Guided public tours are offered daily at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Guided public tours are offered ONLY on weekends in April, May, September and October.
  • Public tours are free with general admission and there is no need to pre-register. You may also explore the site on your own. We suggest visitors plan to stay at least two hours.

We also offer school field trips and group tours tailored to each group’s needs and interests. Pre-registration is required for these tours.

Still have questions? View Guest Services and Common Questions.




Click here to download our Visitor Guide and view our Events calendar to plan your visit.


Catbird, photo by Ted Thousand

Join Discover Wisconsin as they tour our headquarters in this segment from Wisconsin Birding.