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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: Birdwatching, Fishing
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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beautiful place

we just took the easy trail since we had little kids with us. Trail was beautiful and easy to take a stroller on. Saw turtles and lots of wonderful birds. Well worth the drive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

we just took the easy trail since we had little kids with us. Trail was beautiful and easy to take a stroller on. Saw turtles and lots of wonderful birds. Well worth the drive (which was also quite awesome). Nice way to break up a week at the beach.

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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the refuge with 6 of my grandchildren. It's just a 20 minute drive from Nags Head and worth the trip. There's a visitors' center there, with information on the refuge. It's great for the kids as they were each given a questionnaire to take on the walk to see if they could find different birds and turtles. There... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Such a relief from the hustle and bustle of some OBX areas. Park the car, grab your camera and wear sandproof shoes.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you are looking for secluded beaches, a great view of an 1862 shipwreck, bird watching, or just some peace and quiet on the Outer Banks, this is where you should go. The easiest place to start is the visitor's center. They have some nice exhibits about the nature that you'll see up and down the seashore, and in some... More 

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New Jersey
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48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Always fun -- great trail just off parking lot. The coasters for sale in the Park office are very cool and almost unique in design.

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toronto
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134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is one of the finest stretches of coastline in the area, containing boardwalks, trails and a really pleasant visitors center with most helpful staff. And of course the miles of beautiful sandy beach, ocean and sand dunes make this place very special indeed.

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited just before dusk so there were only 2 others familys visiting at the same time. Quite and felt secluded due to the sand dunes. Nice place to sit and relax for awhile. Very peaceful. Sunset was fabulous

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saratoga springs, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

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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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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