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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, P.O. Box 1969, Manteo, Roanoke Island, 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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This refuge is filled with pathways for driving to view the local wildlife. We saw hundreds of turtles and birds. They also have nature trails, for walking and biking. They even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This refuge is filled with pathways for driving to view the local wildlife. We saw hundreds of turtles and birds. They also have nature trails, for walking and biking. They even have paddling trails for canoes and kayaks. If you are passing thought it is well worth the side trip.

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Monee, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

While riding through the refuge we saw a Bald Eagle, A Great Blue Heron taking off into flight then perching atop a lonely top of a tree (great photo Shot. We also saw an otter as well as loads of turtles sunning themselves.

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Benson, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
71 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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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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