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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pea Island Refuge Headquarters, Rte. 12, Hatteras Island, NC
Phone Number: +1 252-987-2394
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This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types...

This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.

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Peaceful windy day. We saw 2 bald eagles on stand, not sure if we were right that they were indeed bald eagles - we asked in the visitor center. The lady looked over counter and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
travel1215
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peaceful windy day. We saw 2 bald eagles on stand, not sure if we were right that they were indeed bald eagles - we asked in the visitor center. The lady looked over counter and said no. On our walk we saw several bid enthusiasts and they all told us that is was 2 bald eagles! Very cool. Nice flat... More 

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Thank travel1215
Fletcher, North Carolina
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167 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice tiny visitor center. Well marked and labeled hiking path. Opportunities to see wildlife. Not pet friendly just to protect natural wildlife.

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Thank Cathy G
Alexandria Bay, New York
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a really nice spot to stop and find stuff out about the area. The walk looks really interesting although we did not get a chance to do it..pressed for time. Directly across from the info center is the beach so you can get a taste of both worlds. We were there a couple of weeks after hurricane Matthew... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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647 reviews
308 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

While driving toward Hatteras, we spotted the visitor center and decided to stop. Nice information available and a pleasant walking path. Nice top end monoculars set up to do some bird watching. We also crossed over the highway to walk along the beach. Great stop.

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Thank Tom B
Winchester, Virginia
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We were just their two days ago and it was very hot. The walk is nice and all flat except for the stairs to the lookout. Only one of the lookout lenses were foggy

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Thank Mistie D
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52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see beach. You will need to bring water and snacks. It it is very beautiful and worth a visit. I always find great shells here. It's typically not very crowded in end of May or early October and you could find a semi private beach to hang out on, walk along the water and take in... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Pack your lunch, plenty of water and sunscreen, and go explore. Pea Island is a great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy nature... whether you are bird spotting, beach-going, or photographing the refuge, Pea Island is definitely a great way to spend a low key day! And if you happen to be around after sunset, pull over and check... More 

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Thank Kelley46
Lewes, Delaware, United States
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

very nice place to visit to learn about the marshlands, ocean and sound. nice and relaxing place to visit.

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Thank Anne K
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

We had a beautiful day to visit. The walk to the lookout was an enjoyable one. The views are amazing, I can only imagine what this is like when the birds are migrating. The only problem was parking....lots of people use the lot to go to the beach, so this can be annoying if that is not your objective. The... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

To see birds, nice lookout point Nice beach across the road Nice for an hour break very peaceful Easy accessibility for all

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