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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Wikis Way, on Morris Island, Chatham, MA MA 02633
Phone Number: 508 945 0594
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special...
Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds.
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Lovely beach

The long sandy beach was an easy hike. Birds were flocking on a far away sandbar. Fishermen were after the striped bass. A little windy, but a nice morning jaunt.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The long sandy beach was an easy hike. Birds were flocking on a far away sandbar. Fishermen were after the striped bass. A little windy, but a nice morning jaunt.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I don't need to elaborate on the beatify here as many reviews have done that. I just want to add a note on the logistics of getting here. Make sure you keep driving down Morris Island Road and follow the sign. You will see warning signs for private road...blah blah but just ignore that. Enjoy!

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Boston
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This place is hidden in the corner of a residential neighborhood but was not hard to find if you follow the signs carefully as you drive into the area. The parking lot is not very big. A short boardwalk led us to a long staircase down to the beach with great open views. The sand was soft and fine. The... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The sand bars provide natural resting spots for hundreds of seals, and the protected waters serve hundreds upon hundreds of all manner of winter duck...pintail, merganser, etc. Well marked trails, and well maintained boardwalks make for easy access. Some steep stairs may make it difficult for some, but there are staggered viewing points along the way. We hope to come... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Worth driving down to the tip and walking down the path and steps to the beach. You can go left towards Stage Harbor or right and see the Chatham Light House. It's much easier to do this walk when it is low tide.

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Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You can see, smell, and hear the ocean from this refuge. It's very pretty, quiet, and peaceful. It's usually not busy, and you can walk the beach to paths, if you would like.

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Valparaiso
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Monomoy has such a marvelous history! It is a shame that our government, in the form of The National Park Service, has chosen to over-regulate visitation rights, and has decided that "Man knows best" when it comes to which animals may choose the land as their home. Shooting Coyotes, Deer... poisoning seagulls, coddling the seal population... trying to restrict natives... More 

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Connecticut, USA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a great spot any time of the year. As a matter of fact, on a cold winter day we are the only visitors in the exhibit center, and were treated to the full attention of the very knowledgable volunteer staffer. Visit the museum, walk the well-maintained paths to the beach, and enjoy a beautiful hike along the shore.... More 

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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We visit here several times each summer by motor boat and are never disappointed with scenery that is other worldly, framed by lots of birds and the occasional seal. The channel is ever changing, but well marked when there is little fog. A rare treat. There is a commercial boat that visits from Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port (Perseverance) if... More 

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Clinton, NJ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Make sure you drive through the National Seashore. Even in the winter, it is so beautiful...as nice as any shore anywhere in the world.

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