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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
Phone Number: 757 301-7329
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This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and...

This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.

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Visited September 2016. Well maintained trails, informative staff, lots of choices as to where to see the local wildlife. I have limited mobility but was able to easily navigate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited September 2016. Well maintained trails, informative staff, lots of choices as to where to see the local wildlife. I have limited mobility but was able to easily navigate the trails and boarded walking paths that were closest to the information office.

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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This refuge is at the very end of Sandbridge beach, nestled between the ocean and the back bay. There are multiple walking trails, easy to manage. There is a small info center, and bathroom facilities. It is a great way to spend a few hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth the visit during a sunset. The scenery is amazing. So peaceful and quiet. During the day you have to pay an admittance fee. After 6:00 PM you can go in for FREE.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to enjoy the Blue Goose Tram. Several stops included the historic remains of the Wash settlement. We traveled on a very hot and humid day and the tram ride was still quite enjoyable. Very affordably priced.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little jaunt outside of the main strip of Virginia Beach and a great way to get outdoors. There are nearly empty beaches to explore and miles of hiking trails along swamps, marshes and sandy beaches. In fact, you can walk all the way to North Carolina from here. A perfect place to have a picnic and... More 

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Virgnia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bring your bike or take a ride on their tram. You will see al sorts of birds and other critters along the way. Very relaxing and scenic

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Tewkesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on the Back Bay Trolley trip, well escorted by Herbie and his 'wing man' Jim, aged 93. He took us on a fascinating trip teeming us things and animals of interest along the way. We got out several times to explore seeing an old graveyard going back to the early settlers, another 'graveyard' of old rusted cars left... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love going here in the summer to fish - Large beaches, uncrowded. Note: they are very restrictive if you go here - no sunbathing/surfing/etc. Only fishing and "observing nature" permitted. They used to allow dogs on leash, but now it is no dogs anytime (which is a shame!)

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Thank Mary Lou M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stop here on every trip to Va Beach. Very quiet and serene. We like to catch thunderstorms as they cross the area. Nice visitor center with clean restrooms.

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

I did the research before going here and it really isn't easy to find but....at 9:00 they have a three hour tram tour that takes you all over the park for a very minimal cost. We were the only two people on the tour! I guess it is the wrong time of the year for bird watching as we didn't... More 

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