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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches
Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
Traveler Description: Pea Island isn't as close to many of the places listed on this site as the mileage notes indicate although they are within 30-45 minutes so refer to... more »
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Manassas va
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176 reviews 176 reviews
83 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Such a beautiful place. Wish I had more time to look around. You should spend some time looking around and taking it all in.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Traveled through on our way to visit the Hatteras Lighthouse. The scenery was fabulous! Dunes on one side and brush on the other. Pelicans flying overhead everywhere! Just lovely!

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited Pea Island last week and had a lot of fun. We went to a really cool beach on the island that was very secluded and littered with millions of colorful shells that we all had fun collecting. To get to the beach, park in the parking lot right at the end of the Bonner Bay Bridge, and walk... More

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washington DC
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The difference between this serene natural beach and the more populated tourist beaches up north is striking. If you are just driving through, take a few minutes to pull over on the side of the road and take a peek at what is over the embankment (ocean side) you won't be sorry. Take your camera for a few really beautiful... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Take your time. Self-guided. There are some unusual vegetation formations and ponds to explore. Abundant wildlife, coastal scenery, informative markers, interesting visitor center.

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The information center and other reviewers weren't kidding, bug spray is a must. The mosquito swarms were in full force, even though we were there in between two thunderstorms. The beach across from the information center was fantastic, though, even with the rain still sprinkling. Best beach of our entire OBX stay.

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Canton, Ohio, United States
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87 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The people in the nature center were able to answer questions about all of Hatteras, the light houses, Alligator river wildlife area, sea turtles, and the Pea Island. It is a day use beach access point too. You can use spotting scopes to look at birds or take a hike to observe them. The staff was super knowledgeable. They have... More

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79 reviews 79 reviews
50 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Our latest trip to Pea Island was for the sole purpose of working on improvement of our shore bird ID skills and as always, Pea Island provided just what we wanted and more. Usually we go to the visitor's center first and take advantage of the paved path that runs between the two ponds. We have always had great luck... More

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Colorado Springs
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a good place to visit if you want an easy hike where you can see many different kinds of birds. Scopes in the visitor center give you a great closeup look at them. The volunteers working in the center were very friendly and helpful. If you go to the Outer Banks I would recommend stopping here.

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Hilliard, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Visitor center had telescopes to look at birds with. Boardwalk to short tower about half a mile but entire trail is about 4 miles and part of that is along the road. First part of boardwalk goes past turtle pond with several species in it. Staff was very friendly and pleasant.

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