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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Great Creek Road, P.O. Box 72, Oceanville, NJ 08231-0072
Phone Number: 609-652-1665
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for...
More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for migratory birds.
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Winter Season at NWR

The temps hit 40 today so we set out to see if we could spot the snowy. Stopped by the visitor center to see if we could get some detailed info but found out that it has not been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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Middletown, New Jersey
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Middletown, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The temps hit 40 today so we set out to see if we could spot the snowy. Stopped by the visitor center to see if we could get some detailed info but found out that it has not been around for about one week. Well maybe next time. We proceeded up the 8 mi drive stopping off at the first... More 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We walked two trails...Jens trail takes you from almost the parking area to the back and then we took the road to return. WE took another trial that took you to the look out stand. We saw a snake curled up in the sun, many birds getting ready for winter, a turtle, turkey and butterflies. Its amazing people don't litter.... More 

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Waretown, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The weather was miserable and rainy. We saw so many geese and ducks on the wildlife loop that it was a great experience. Shorebirds and more were in evidence and we saw lots of great black ducks, hooded mergansers, buffleheads and lots, lots more. The Forsythe Refuge is a must see for all who enjoy wildlife and conservation. Today was... More 

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Philadelphia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
45 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We have repeatedly visited Forsythe NWR while staying in the Atlantic City area. It is a wonderful outing for the day, no matter what time of year. There are trails to walk and an eight mile drive through which takes your through the refuge. During the summer you will see numerous birds that are there during the summer, during the... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Forsythe Refuge is one of New Jersey's hidden treasures. There is something for everyone, of all ages and all capabilities. There are miles of trails you can hike in the woods or the marsh in all seasons. There are boardwalks where you can stroll out in the grass at high or low tide. I think the most amazing part... More 

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35 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

If you're staying around the Smithville or Atlantic City area this is well worth a visit. Very interesting visitors centre talking about all the birds that migrate through New Jersey and what is being done to protect the habitat and the bird species. There is then an 8 mile drive around the sanctuary with list of stopping off points where... More 

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Monroe, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We drove around three times this visit. Saw different birds each time. Beautiful sunset. A bargain at $4 a car.

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Went to the sod banks in the back bay at Scott's Landing -caught lots of minnows to use for bait for surf fishing later. Talked to some local guys who were commercial clammers and crabbers who were bringing in their small boats with their catch of the day from the back bays. Very interesting learning about their experiences dealing with... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

During a recent stay at the Stockton Seaview in Galloway, NJ, we visited the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge. What a beautiful escape and hidden gem. A local waitress told us about the refuge, otherwise we wouldn't have known about it. There were many migrating egrets the day we visited, along with blue herons, and osprey. There are observation decks... More 

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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22 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is the largest sanctuary east of the Mississippi and each season brings an abundance of migrating and seasonal birds. There are really no bad months here since the arrival of the snowy owls, but insect repellant is necessary during green head fly season.

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