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“Has To Be Seen At The Right Time”

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Natick
Certificate of Excellence
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Lexington, MA
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83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Has To Be Seen At The Right Time”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

I got mixed feelings from our trip to Broadmoor. We went in mid-September in the late morning. We didn't really see much wildlife: one turtle, one frog, and one bird on the wing. It had rained that morning, and some of the trails were somewhat slippery because of the wet leaves on the ground.
I also didn't think the trails were as well marked as they could have been. At some points, we weren't sure whether we were following the actual trail, or just a beaten-down side path in the woods, or some loop-around. You shouldn't get completely lost, though, because here and there are trees marked with paint. Blue paint means you are heading away from the nature center, and yellow paint means toward the nature center.
The staff was friendly and helpful, but they seem to be building a new center, so they are operating out of a trailer at present. The new center looks like it will be very useful, but until it's finished, activities are greatly curtailed.
The trails are fairly accessible to most. We even saw a young mother pushing two of her children along the paths in a double stroller. The boardwalks don't have much of a railing, though, so little ones will have to be under control at all times.
I don't think the trails are as well-maintained as some of the reviewers have mentioned, though. We came across a couple of places where we had to climb over fallen trees across the path, and one place which was virtually inaccessible because of the large deep puddle blocking the way. (Remember I said that it had rained that morning.)
Be sure that you bring insect repellant, or buy some there. They sell it for a dollar a dose. As you would expect, mosquitoes are plentiful in the shady woods.
I rated Broadmoor four stars instead of three because I think that for the right visitors, at the right time of the year, it could be an excellent experience.

Visited September 2013
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Metrowest Mass.
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Local Gem”
Reviewed 7 August 2013

Beautiful South Natick location, Broadmoor has lovely walking trails, wildlife, lots to see & enjoy. Went there one winter afternoon with my family for a walk. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and not too $.

Visited January 2013
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Natick, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of my favorite places in Natick”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Broadmoor is a treasure in Natick. It's a beautifully maintained Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and such a peaceful place to spend some time outdoors on a beautiful day.

Visited August 2012
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A wonderful Sunday afternoon”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

A great half-day outing for individuals, couples, groups of adults, or families with children old enough to keep up and appreciate what they're seeing. Especially worth it on a Sunday or weekday in late spring, late summer, or early fall. Take binoculars, cameras, and insect repellent, and give yourself (ideally) 2-2.5 hours. Best time is morning or early afternoon. As others have mentioned, the Sanctuary is well-maintained, but the tour is do-it-yourself, starting at the Nature Center. You can obtain trail maps, and the fee is very reasonable.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Peaceful walking”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

A beautiful setting to get some exercise, learn about nature, a feel close to the seasons. The wooden walkway over the marsh is ideal for spotting turtles.

Visited May 2013
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