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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

P.O. Box 236, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663
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Ranked #6 of 16 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Garden City NY
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142 reviews 142 reviews
9 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is a great place for a quiet walk to see nature, trees, plants, the border of solid land, with oaks and pines, some heather, and of course large wetlands and beaches. It doesn't take a great effort to see a lot Plan to spend a few hours hiking the... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

If you can walk a mile or so on compressed sand, it's really worth walking out to the tidal flats at the sanctuary. They run many tours with a naturalist (highly recommended) who will point out lots of interesting things along the way. Each naturalist will point out different things, which is why I never find this walk old. Often... More

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We typically travel to the Cape during the warmer weather like most people, but we recently went to the Cape for a long weekend. With not much to do on the Cape in the winter, we searched for things to do with the kids and found some cool things happen here. One of the events was the Owl Prowl. Kids... More

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166 reviews 166 reviews
34 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Part of the National Seashore. Several nice trails near water allow many scenic views & opportunity to see birds. Not usually crowded if you walk over a half mile from parking.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I'm ashamed to say I have lived on the Cape for many years and hadn't been to the Sanctuary,it took visitors from out of town to get me there.wonderful views and birds with lots of interesting displays but the trails and views of the marshes and bay were awesome.Go check it out.

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