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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 291 State Highway, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663
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+1 508-349-2615
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.

This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.

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Many Trails

an excellent place to visit at all seasons, View the scenery and the habitats, the different species of flora and fauna. Many different habitats, Great for families

Reviewed 3 days ago
Taunton, Massachusetts
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Taunton, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

an excellent place to visit at all seasons, View the scenery and the habitats, the different species of flora and fauna. Many different habitats, Great for families

Thank 821Bee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family thoroughly hiking the various trails exploring marshes, woodlands, ponds, the boardwalk to the beach, and so many birds! Very friendly staff at the visitor's center will help you decide which trails to take and loan you binoculars. We were able to hit 3 of the trails easily to see different landscapes and enjoy the serenity on a beautiful... More 

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Canton, Georgia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

My daughter and I visited this on a cold, windy day in November. There was not a lot going on in terms of tours and educational programs - but, the list for "seasonal" educational offerings was really interesting. We walked the trails and really enjoyed the boardwalk out to the water/bay area. If you enjoy wildlife and the outdoors -... More 

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Matawan, New Jersey
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We had heard about the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary so we went to check it out. Very nice visitors center with friendly staff. They have several walking trails through the woods and along the marshes where you can see wildlife and nature as you go. The trails are well packed dirt or gravel so the walking is easy and lots... More 

Thank gene2632
Portage, Wisconsin
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92 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Sanctuary opens at 8:00 AM but the nature center didn't until 8:30, so I put my $5 fee into a slot on a pipe at the entrance to the trails (which was sort of hard to find without the mapI would normally be able to procure in the nature center). For the first round of trails, then, I was... More 

Thank Amanda M
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

great place to go for a relazing few hours, water all around, trails are easy 1 to 1.5 miles, birds surround you, check for mushrooms of white, brown, gold and even yrllow; the views are everywhere. the hardest is find the location just after the drive-in watch for the white and blue sign. remember the tides best time to go... More 

Thank r0ger68
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

I've driven by the sanctuary off route 6 for 25+ years and never stopped. Over the Columbus Day holiday, we took a few hours to explore. Definitely worth the $5 entry fee. There are a number of trails and depending on the tide, you can walk all the way out to the bay. To get the most out of your... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a great place for any age group. their exhibits and walks to the shore are well laid out. A great place to experience not only the ocean but also Salt Marsh and mud flats. It is important to plan your day with the tides to take full advantage of the area! Saw lots of birds. Will definitely go... More 

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Tall marsh grasses and wooded paths take you away from the crowds. Gorgeous vistas across varied Cape Cod scenery, truly beautiful. Great spot to animal watch, hike and appreciate nature.

Thank newfun
Fairfax, Virginia
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201 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We usually rent a place that is very close to the sanctuary, so we visit it on every trip. The center, its displays, and the walkways are packed with good information about the local wildlife, but if you just go for the views you'll be very pleased. We often encounter dedicated birdwatchers waiting to capture a glimpse of same rare... More 

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