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Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Mount Vernon
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: Spanning eight miles in length and three miles across, this estuary is located at the saltwater edge of the large delta of the Skagit River, and is noted for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just out for a drive and found this place. Really nice and informative just did the visitor center, would go back to do the walk around the grounds.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I love finding all the secret remote sites not talked about. Well peeps talk about this. Find a road and find beach. If you like wild life search for it. I saw numerous birds and cute farm animals are all around this bay. FUN, beautiful on a Sunny day. Not so much a rainy day.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

It was a cold day, but we brought the kids out to this museum and then headed down for a walk on the beach. We knew the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl, and we don't have cable TV anyway. Got to play checkers with one of my sons in the "hands on" room, while my wife read to the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I stopped here, almost as if by accident, and really enjoyed myself. I was on a birdwatching excurison and the lady at the desk was very, very helpful. She gave me good information and even helped me identify some of the birds I had photos of. That aquarium is pretty cool too. The starfish are amazing. Go all the way... More

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Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Lovely part of Skagit County that is often overlooked. Eagles, tide flats, and much more. Views of the countryside. Bayview [old town] is near by.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Great place to take visitors whether kids or adults. Hands on displays are engaging. The walking trail through uplands is not too long, and very peaceful. Watch for eagles. The beach is very close by and at low tide a delight.

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Bellingham, WA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

A great resource for understanding the bay and there's a private little walk leading right from the exhibits to the water.

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seattle
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I had been here years ago and although it was pretty, the displays were not much to write home about. Fast forward 5 years and wow- they have done some improvements. The aquarium is beautiful and diverse, the camera where you see the herons is great for kids and adults, the bird calls and the plantstare all interesting and then... More

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Arlington, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

As we left Bow/Edison towards La Conner we stumbled upon this gem. It was strictly donation only. The employee was very helpful and knowledgeable. We asked about one of the fish that was on a wall display, she couldn't answer our questions fully but we were satisfied with the answers she gave. We finished our visit/tour of the facility and... More

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Anacortes
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Wonderful place to take kids to explore creatures from the sea. Lots of hands on things. A short trail leads down to the overview of the bay. Another short trail leads into the trees and tall grass for bird watchers. Plan to spend some there as there is a lot to see.

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