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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-1131
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Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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One of our favorite places

Get up close with wildlife. Seriously be prepared to see wild black bear, deer, turkey and water fowl. If you have time a kayaking trip is well worth the effort. Late afternoon is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Benson, North Carolina
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Benson, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Get up close with wildlife. Seriously be prepared to see wild black bear, deer, turkey and water fowl. If you have time a kayaking trip is well worth the effort. Late afternoon is best for seeing wildlife. Early morning is good too. Spring and fall are my favorite times to visit.

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Manteo, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The place in Dare County to see wildlife of all kinds. It has more black bears then deer, the Red Wolf's and coyotes have a lot to do with that. Hunting in the fall can be very good around the many farming fields.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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119 reviews 119 reviews
71 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Drove the long turn road for miles and the most we saw were three turtles sunning themselves. Not even a bird. Only good if you have time to kill.

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This review is for the visitor center only because that is all we had time to visit. This facility is new and pretty high tech. The interactive exhibits on nature are great. My young kids really like the molds of the different types of animal doo doo, especially seeing a mold of bear dung. You learn about the different animals... More 

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Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Spouse & I took a guided kayak tour (via Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head) a few yrs back & had lots of fun. Went in the late spring & even 'tho we were the only 2 people to show up for the trip, the guide said "Sure, let's go!" Our 2-hr scheduled trip ended up being closer to 4... More 

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Sterling, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Had a great, although too short a time driving around the refuge. Maps are terrific so you can plan your route and, if you are like me and are seeing it on the way to an ultimate destination, also plan your time. Saw bear scat and met a fellow who gave me directions to where he saw 2 bears in... More 

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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Came here with no expectations. I read the reviews here before going and sort of hoped to see a bear. We went in the afternoon which may have been why I didn't see any. But the drive is nice and I did see some herons and a lot of turtles.

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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited on a gloomy afternoon and drove through the refuge. We saw lots of turtles and a few birds but that we the extent. One couple stopped us and told us that on previous trips they had seen black bear, red wolf and a boar and her baby. We were not that fortunate. I will say that the weather... More 

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Tennessee
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78 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We came here on night to do the red wolf howling and got eaten up by mosquitos even with bug repellent. This place might be good in the daylight but late in the day and evening it is really bad. The red wolf howling was boring also. I was excited to do it and then I wished I had not... More 

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Plain City, Ohio
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34 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We went to walk along the trails to see what we could find, however, they must have recently had rain as some of the one trail was muddy. We decided to turn around and check out the driving tour instead. Luckily while driving along, we saw a bear, so we sat in the car awhile, watched & took pictures. It... More 

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