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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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Butterflies but no bears.

We saw a lot of bugs, butterflies and turtles but no bears. We were there around 11am. We saw what looked like an otter off in the distance but splashed away before we could get a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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grimesland, nc
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grimesland, nc
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We saw a lot of bugs, butterflies and turtles but no bears. We were there around 11am. We saw what looked like an otter off in the distance but splashed away before we could get a closer look. Enjoyed the audio tour to help us know what we were looking at as well.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Visited Alligator River 4 times during the first week of May as part of a three-refuge vacation. Observed butterflies, egrets, a great crested flycatcher, mourning dove, prairie warblers, prothonotary warblers, great blue herons, turkey vultures, deer, catbirds, Carolina wren, cormorants, kingbirds, mockingbird, an American black duck out with her offspring and bears. The refuge staff is helping me with the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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33 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

In the fall and late summer we never have left Alligator River without encountering a few bears (for details see older reviews). This time around though an hour+ long camping out at the X-spot (4-way view of two roads by the fields) sunset time and looping around in the car got us no bears. Just some deer, bats, and raptors.... More 

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melbourne
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73 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Drove 6 hours today to from Lexington Virginia to try and see a bear. Got there 5.30pm and after 2 hours had seen 2 sparrows and a crow. Getting pretty disappointed as we had not seen even an turtle. Then we saw a heron, then an otter and then a huge back male bear. He was sitting in a field... More 

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FL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We made an afternoon of seeing birds, turtles and alligators in their natural homes. It was exciting to watch the turtle climb over one another to get the most sun. We saw birds that were not on our list .Good time and inexpensive.

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

There are so many places to explore and hopefully see wildlife....we saw dozens of turtles and many, many birds includng a Snowy Egret.....we were lucky to see a 10-12 foot gator swimming in the river..

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Milford,Pa
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119 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We stopped by the Wildlife Visitor Center and then took the wildlife drive through the refuge. We saw a lot of turtles sunning, signs of alligators in the canal, lots of birds but no bears. It was a relaxing drive and plan to go back later in the day to increase our chances of seeing other wildlife.

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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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