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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231-0072
Phone Number: +1 609-652-1665
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More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for...

More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for migratory birds.

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A refuge for the Spirit as well as the wildlife

I lived on the edge of the wildlife refuge for almost 10 years and spent time there as often as possible. The Place is magical all year round but is even more so during the fall... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Crescent City, California
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Crescent City, California
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79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I lived on the edge of the wildlife refuge for almost 10 years and spent time there as often as possible. The Place is magical all year round but is even more so during the fall and spring migrations when tens of thousands of birds stop over on their long journey. Fox, deer, raccoons and other ground animals also inhabit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We always love to drive through the refuge. Especially when all the different species of ducks are migrating. We have seen quite a few.eagles too.

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Berlin, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

This is a great spot to visit especially if you are seeking a REFUGE from the area's other noisier and frenetic attractions. Good birding spot year round. You can also get your National Park pass at this location. It's beauty IS muted a little due to its closeness to Atlantic City, but that shouldn't take anything away from a visit.

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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We visited the refuge last weekend during out stay in Brigantine. Unfortunately, the heat index was close to 100 degrees, so we enjoyed the drive in the comfort of our air conditioning. We took advantage of the lender binoculars from the staff and we all marveled at the different species of birds we were able to see during low tide.... More 

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New Providence
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

We spent the day at the refuge. We got to see about 40 different bird species. We didn't get any new life birds but had a good time looking at birds we haven't seen for awhile. The flies were bad but that is to be expected. Great weather. I bought some things in the gift shop and the associates were... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Like any park with wildlife, visitors are at the mercy of the wildlife and the season. I have visited here on many occasions and have rarely been disappointed. I usually do two drives around the park, if I don’t see something the first drive, I do the second. Depending on the season, I have seen egrets, herons, black-skimmers and ospreys... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Nice scenery for a run or walk to meet a friend. It is even nice a night to see the view of AC from a distance

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We were antiquing in Smithville and decided to drive over to Edwin B Forsythe NWR. Its beautiful! They weren't open but we were able to pay the 4$ fee and drive through the 8 mile drive basically on the water. It was gorgeous, AC in the background and birds and turtles everywhere. Unfortunately, the flies were SOOOO BAD the day... More 

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Maryland
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We came to the refuge on a great summer day. It was sunny and breezy. It was hard to know what to expect in the hot summer months, but the 8-mile auto drive made it possible and enjoyable since the giant greenhead flies were more than abundant. Although we drove through the refuge, the marshes and mud flats, etc. were... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

I came here many times (about once a month) over the past 9 months. Depending on the season you will see quite a variety of birds and ducks. There is a lovely visitor center where your can pay, buy senior passes etc. It has exhibits, live cameras, interactive stations, gift shop and excellent clean restrooms. You can hike the trails... More 

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