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“Hidden treasure in Chatham - nature at it's best” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds.
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure in Chatham - nature at it's best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

First off, it's not easy to find the Refuge which is down from the Lighthouse off Morris Island Road, Morris Island is the sight of some of the most expensive real estate on the Cape, so not easy to find intentionally. But once you pull into the very small parking area, you have the opportunity for a treat. This is the sign-in area for the Grey Seal tour, for which I suggest you make reservations. The Grey Seals are interesting local residents that you can only really see from the boat tour that takes you out to the Monomoy flats. The views from the boat are worth the trip alone and the seals are great to see. These are the same seals that are a prime food source for the Great White Sharks, And so, like last week, bring some excitement to the Cape as everyone wanted to go out and see the sharks. We declined this opportunity - seen Jaws too many times.
OK, so besides the seal watch trip, you can simply walk the trail from the Refuge and walk down the stairs to the beach, which only really exists at low tide. But I guarantee that it will be almost deserted and you can walk and walk along this beautiful rustic beach with gorgeous views all around you. This is not the beach you go to for swimming and hanging out. it's for hiking and enjoying the views. One of the best kept wild nature experiences on the Cape. I really wasn't sure I wanted to share this here, but everybody else has this place wrong.

Visited July 2012
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Hobart, Indiana
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“Seal tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

We went on a seal tour to Monomoy Island. It was very foggy when we went out, so our seal prospects were a bit limited. However, we saw a seal on the beach and plenty on the water. It was very informative and we got some good pictures.

Visited June 2012
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8 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful beach/nature walk in late May”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

Visited with two little kids (1 and 5) and my wife. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll on the beach while the kids splashed through the tidal pools and looked for horseshoe crab tests. In the fall there are often harbor seals close by but we didn't see any this day. There were a handful of surf fishermen and clammers. Parking is limited to about ten cars. There are public bathrooms and a visitors center but no trash (pack out what you pack in). The visitors center has a room where small kids can touch various items ranging from shells to skeletons. The park is 5-10 mins from Main St., past Chatham Light. Ice cream on Main St. was a nice close to the day.

Visited May 2012
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United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

This is a beautiful area with a wild open beach. This is not a commercialised area but is an area of outstanding beauty.

Visited April 2012
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“beautiful and serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Great place for a walk, went with a guide from the Chatham Bars Inn and not sure if I would have really known where to go otherwise

Visited April 2012
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