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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

P.O. Box 236, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663
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Ranked #5 of 17 Attractions in Wellfleet
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Camping
Description: This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.
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Suburban Phila
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The epitome of a small nature center - informative exhibits on local creatures (a rare sapphire-blue lobster this summer), easy walking trails that meander through a variety of wetland environments across sand, footbridges, and boardwalks, hundreds of little fiddler crabs poking their heads out of holes and clicking across the mud, and a range of guided programs for both kids... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

When I first arrived I panicked due to parking lot being jammed. The trails are so vast never got stuck in a crowd as I initially feared. The trails are wide and quite easy for all abilities. Plenty of spots to have a picnic. So many amazing views of the bay and dunes. Felt completely removed from the noise of... More

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Stone Ridge, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As always Tim and I enjoyed our walk at the Audubon Sanctuary. Joined by friends and family we saw egrets, great herons and tons of fiddler crabs. Great views of Cape Cod Bay too.

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Cambridge Ma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Nice walks, great for all ages, friendly volunteers. We saw fiddler crabs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary has many beautiful habitats and vistas. A sundown stroll provided opportunities to see a variety of birds, fiddler crabs, and turtles, as well as some sundown vistas over the salt marshes, and bays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Enjoyed a few hours walking and reading the descriptions of the spots along the way. Well maintained and lots of shady spots if it is hot out. Spoke with a volunteer naturalist who spent some time talking and explaining some of the creatures in the area.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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188 reviews 188 reviews
30 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We picked the perfect season and perfect day to tour the Audubon Society's wildlife sanctuary. There were no crowds so we were able to spend quality time exploring the trails, talking to the sanctuary volunteers and sitting on the beach benches soaking in the tranquil atmosphere. The goose pond had some yellow legged shorebirds which I had not seen before.... More

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Guelph, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I was looking for a place to spend an afternoon communing with nature and taking photographs. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was a great spot. The welcome centre is nicely laid out and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We got an orientation to the trails and recommendations of how to proceed. There is a nominal fee to... More

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit here. Make sure you bring binoculars and a camera and a good pair of walking or hiking shoes. You can definitely spend the whole day here. When we were crossing one of the bridges on the trail, some of the Sanctuary employees were watching for birds, and they took the time to explain the area... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

This sanctuary is easy to get to by public transport. The salt marshes are truly beautiful and get there early and you won't be dissapointed. The place is crawling with flora and fauna. The bay seals are especially charming. Beautiful herons. A great opportunity to see crabs,etc. The nearby village has excellent eateries and a small market.

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