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Padilla Bay Interpretive Center

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Address: 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mount Vernon, WA
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Great Family Stop

We headed up to Padilla Bay today and stopped first at the center. Ample parking was visible as we pulled in, including two charge stations for EVs. The staff at the center were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Redmond, Washington
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Redmond, Washington
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We headed up to Padilla Bay today and stopped first at the center. Ample parking was visible as we pulled in, including two charge stations for EVs. The staff at the center were super friendly and helpful. Although the center was small, the exhibits were clear and well maintained. What's even better, they were educational and fun. even my 18... More 

Thank HapkidoNinja
Monroe, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We walked from Bay View state park to the interpretive center one morning while we were renting a cabin. The street doesn't have a sidewalk but the traffic is light enough it wasn't a problem. Do not walk on the beach since it goes through private property. The center itself was way better than I expected with lots of cool... More 

Thank Kat_Merle
Freeland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The interpretive center is great but please leave time to walk along the bay especially at low tide. There is a great campground nearby, if you are a camper you will definitely want to plan on staying here. There is plenty to do for all ages and the campground links to the beach area via an under the highway tunnel.... More 

Thank June D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We have stopped by this place many times. It has a small interpretive center that has lots of interactive displays for kids. There is a small hike through the grounds where we once spotted an eagle. Great place to go, rain or shine and learn more about the local ecosystem!

Thank Alexandra S
Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I came out to the interpretive center in August via Skagit Transit. Due to scheduling, I was at the center for 5 hours. An hour and a half I was inside learning more about the local environment. The trail out the north doors was very pleasant and easy to walk. Don't miss the trail to the beach. I was there... More 

Thank JaneenSteele
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Wonderful place with kind and knowledgeable volunteers. Beautiful setting. Heron-cam is a treat! Walk to Bay is awesome.

Thank Cassandra E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A wonderful place to learn more about the environment we live in. Interesting informatiive displays with beautiful aquariums containing sea creatures that live in Puget Sound. Leading from the front door of the interpretative center, a paved trail a few hundred yards long with a slight downhill grade (entirely wheelchair accessible), takes you to a tunnel under the road to... More 

1 Thank crosscountrytraveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This little jewel tucked away on Bayview-Edison Road in the Skagit is a must-see for a family. The center is beautifully managed, with interesting displays. The new aquarium is delightful. The real-time images of the nesting herons provided by Skagit Land Trust and the Interpretive Center are captivating. Usually I see these unusual birds hanging out in ditches and here... More 

1 Thank lorrainetSeattle
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My sons loved this place. We went often when they were younger. Hands on experience for kids and adults.

1 Thank Susan E
Mount Vernon, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I love to take my kids out to Padilla Bay for the day. This place is not only fun but educational too! Kids can learn alot and not even realize its happening.

1 Thank Kathy S

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