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Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge

1400 Delmarva Lane, Wilmington, DE
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Ranked #10 of 29 Attractions in Wilmington
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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New Castle, Delaware
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The refuge is at the south end of the Wilmington Riverwalk. There's some nice landscaping at the entrance, an interesting education building, and a short boardwalk in a circle through the marsh. Most of the refuge's land is inaccessible marshland. Stop by if you're already walking along the river but it's not worth making it a destination by itself.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We walked the boardwalk slowly (15 minutes) and saw two ducks and a lot of weeds. After seeing the amazing gardens of some of the Dupont homes, this was not much to see.

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Wilmington, Delaware
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Our grandchildren, ages 3 and 7, love to come here to explore nature. The staff are child friendly and talk to them on their level so they understand the way many animals and other creatures live, eat, etc. It's fun for them to spot the different birds and animals in the area. There are a few "hands on" items in... More

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160 reviews 160 reviews
39 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

It's a nice place for a peaceful walk along the river and around the marsh on a boardwalk they built right in the marshland. You can see many different types of turtles and birds and they do have some small exhibits set up in the building itself. It is easily accessible from I-95 and they do have restrooms on location.

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Patchogue, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Located on the Wilmington Riverfront, this is a short trip down the walkway form the riverfront restaurants. inside the main house there is a friendly staff to greet you and give you the nickel tour, tell you a little about the history of the area, and touchscreen video displays that give you all the rest of the particulars. Nice boardwalk... More

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Newark, Delaware
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a very pleasant get away. The Environmental Center was closed. (on Mondays) we went to check it out after finding it on the web. Always looking for free places of interest to take my grandkids or the people I work with. It was a nice easily navigated stroll for a small group of individuals with physical disabilities. There... More

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Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
42 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We only saw one bird, but the walk itself is well worth it! This was one of the best walks ever! There is so much to see and smell as you walk through the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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135 reviews 135 reviews
65 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Traffics was just awful leaving Philly so we decided to stop at waterfront and walk around and came upon this nature center. Are you kidding me? This place is unbelievable!!! I would love to love here!!! It's right next to the train tracks, kind of crazy, but fun. The learning center has several levels. Everything is clean and new. The... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wilmington has a lot of interesting places due to the DuPonts settling there. This place is within city limits yet it doesn't seem so. The wildlife loop is deserted of critters in mid-day...IF you want to see wildlife you have to go in the early morning when animals are just waking and beginning to forage or go at the end... More

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Nutley, New Jersey
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317 reviews 317 reviews
164 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

From our hotel, this was a nice walk along the river front. We were too late to go inside the Visitor's center, but the walk through this area is lovely. This area has been redeveloped and with many terrific restaurants and bars, it is a great place to visit.

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