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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Great Creek Road, P.O. Box 72, Oceanville, NJ 08231-0072
609-652-1665
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Oceanville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for migratory birds.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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314 reviews 314 reviews
115 attraction reviews
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Terrific bird refuge. Ospreys on every man-made elevated nest. Herons. Gulls. Not many people. Fine dirt road around the periphery. Great view of the Atlantic City skyline in the distance. Only problem -- tons and tons of greenheads. Stay in your car to avoid them.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

After six straight days of beach and sunshine I headed here for a change of scenery. I had been here before and remembered how terrible the bugs were so I drove the eight miles. What a beautiful drive through a part of the shore that many never see. Best entertainment for four bucks! On every manmade platform there was a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

i like nature and i think that this place is definitely worth seeing. i saw thousands of birds flying around the refuge. you will see lots of birds depending on the season. there are lookout posts with great views. mostly you are driving on a wide road with water on both sides. there are little trees and bushes at the... More

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Largo, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great 8 mile hike or ride Lots of bugs though Wish there were more birds But did see baby racoons They have done a beautiful job on thy he new building

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was our second time driving around the wildlife refuge. It is a very relaxing, 5-10 mph drive. We saw a lot more this time than the last. I loved trying to identify the birds. Hard part was trying to get pictures, since you are not supposed to get out and walk off the road. Also, we were swarmed by... More

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Texas
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43 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We took our grandchildren to this Wildlife Refuge and we were not disappointed. The volunteers were there to give us information on which paths to walk to see different birds. They had bird books and charts and binoculars that we could check out for free to used on our walks. There were some interesting exhibits in the main building. We... More

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My husband and I went for a long hike on the Songbird Trail. We saw many birds as well as white tailed deer. We also took the eight mile drive where we saw many Double Crested Cormorants, six Osprey in their nests incubating their fledgings, ducks, ibis, sea gulls, hawks other shore birds too numerous to mention. It is certainly... More

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Ventnor City, New Jersey
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The Wildlife Refuge is a protected coastal habitat for migratory birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway. It consist of woodlands, wetlands and salt marsh with coves and bays. You can enjoy a wide range of wildlife in any season. Take the peaceful drive around the 8 mile loop at your own pace. Stop and linger as much as you like. There... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ is one of my favorite places to visit. There are trails throughout the refuge and an 8 mile drive that travels through wetlands and woodlands. There are two observation towers to climb to get a birds-eye view. It is known for the vast amounts of migrating birds that visit here and you can... More

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Philadelphia
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23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We've been going here for years: A Sunday drive during fall and winter and breakfast at Shea's or The Sunryser. The eight-mile drive is great for a biting winter day, but one can also walk it. On a good day there will be an abundance of different kinds of birds. We've even spotted deer walking the meadows. There are more... More

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