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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
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Activities: Fishing, Birdwatching
Description: This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250...
This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
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Only visited gift shop and beach across the street

Gift shop has unique gifts at great prices. Stop here before you go to souvenir shops on the main drag. Staff was very helpful and informative. It is on a wildlife refuge for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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saratoga springs, ny
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saratoga springs, ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Gift shop has unique gifts at great prices. Stop here before you go to souvenir shops on the main drag. Staff was very helpful and informative. It is on a wildlife refuge for turtles and other creatures. They have telescopes set up to observe the wildlife out of a wall of windows. Across the street , over a dune is... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We recommend taking the time to stop at Pea Island. We've stopped at the wildlife refuge before, and we love the areas of both the sound and the ocean. Be sure to walk over the dunes for the best seashells! There are tons of them along the beach, so grab a bucket or two to collect them. The beach is... More 

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Richmond
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A true throwback in time. Early in the morning you are pretty much alone. Makes you think you are back in time. A soul moving experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We probably would have seen more if we had ventured onto the boardwalk. Since it was an extremely hot day, we went into the visitor's center. There are several telescopes set up to see the birds in the marsh nearby. Mostly a gift shop. There were a few volunteers sitting behind the counter; only one of them came out but... More 

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Ouray, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great little unknown treasure to the OBX. The coastline is fabulous for shell hunting. We saw dolphins too. Very friendly and informative staff that run the place.

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The drive up and down OBX can be a little long with younger children especially if there is traffic. I recommend take the time to stop and enjoy the small visitor center which is available. There is a display box out front with shells and other items for kids to touch and pick up. Inside there are several examples of... More 

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

There are not many turn outs along the roadside to view the beauty of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Much of the beach access is not accessible to the public according to signs which protect the wildlife. Pea Island immerses you into the local wildlife refuge. A walkway to a lookout tower is well worth it. You will see any number... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

What a beautiful beach and wow, seashells are everywhere. We left with enough for the whole family and some friends. Forget the gift shops, we got the real thing. Plus I got a beautiful pic of the sunset over the ocean on the other side of the island since it is such a narrow island.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A friend and I were on a birdwatching trip and stayed in the Hatteras area for four days. I am from Northern California, so it's hard to beat my home coast for the beauty of the landscape and the quality of the birding. But Pea Island offered a suite of birds I do not normally see at home. When we... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Pea Island refuge is worth stopping at and walking down 1 of the boardwalks and then stopping to look and listen. We saw lots of birds and had fun.

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Additional Information about Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-987-2394
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Hatteras Island

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