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Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Fortunate to have this located in the SKAGIT Valley, great classes, and resource center!

I adore this facility. They have staff eager to help you better understand the sea life, birds, and... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
44MVTraveler
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Mount Vernon, Washington
Small, Cozy, Free (well donations accepted)

Worth your time. It only takes one hour maximum to visit and it is packed with great information... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2018
Mike5466
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Canada
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Spanning eight miles in length and three miles across, this estuary is located at the saltwater edge of the large delta of the Skagit River, and is noted for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
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10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-7242
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

I adore this facility. They have staff eager to help you better understand the sea life, birds, and foliage of this region. Lovely walking trail and education center.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 44MVTraveler
Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Thank you for the heartfelt compliments. YOUR Padilla Bay Reserve is one of 29 in the Reserve System administered at the national level by NOAA. These are public land sites and belong to all of us. The brand newest is on Oahu at He'eia. Each...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

Worth your time. It only takes one hour maximum to visit and it is packed with great information, especially for kids but we still learned some stuff as well. The sign at the road said open Wed-Sun but it is open Tue-Sat... Brought that up...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Mike, We truly appreciate your post. It's wonderful to have your feedback as per the learning opportunity the Interpretive Center offers one and all. It has been a recent change that we are unfortunately closed on Sundays as of a few months ago. We all...More

Reviewed May 8, 2018

A Saturday afternoon drive brought us to Padilla Bay. We are visitors from California, staying in nearby Mt. Vernon for the Tulip Festival. There is a $10 day use fee, with a sizeable parking lot. There is a restroom facility there. There's a long, Rocky...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank SMGrandma
Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Thank you for posting this to Trip Advisor. To clarify a few details: you are describing the Bay View State Park facility and beach just to the south of Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where I am writing as non-profit administrator. Our facility is...More

Reviewed September 19, 2017

Have taken groups of students here on field trips for many years. It is wonderful. The group leaders are informative and make learning about estuaries fun. I believe all people who live or visit the Pacific Northwest should treat themselves to a visit here...to learn...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Kay R, Foundation Administrator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Carolyn, Thank you for your kind words commending the endeavors undertaken here at the Reserve to share NOAA's Office of Coastal Management goals for not only protection and preservation of this valuable and beautiful estuary, but the also for the education component that is key...More

Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

I walkedthe Padilla Bay Trail today. I started on the north end of the trail near Bay View. The trail is 2 miles in length. It ends near Hwy 20 to the south. I walked about half way and back for a two mile. Parking...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank zip98221
Reviewed January 12, 2017

Went to see the exhibits and walked around the area. Great place to stop and identify the different birds in this area. Exhibits are educational and presented well. Took a walk to the overlook at the bay and what a great view!

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed May 3, 2016

It provides a educational resource of the Padilla Bay. Great place for school groups or individuals that are greatly concerned the habitat in the area.More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2016

Dear Rapidsman, We are pleased to have been able to host you on your trip to our area. To learn more about the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, go to: oceanservice.noaa.gov/ecosytems/nerrs/ A fascinating and fact filled site that is beautiful to navigate. This Reserve belongs...More

Reviewed September 30, 2015

Easy walks, great view of the Bay from the lookout. Great spot to see falcons. Fantastic staff -- extremely friendly.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Jason V
Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Lots of exhibits and info for shoreline nature. Pleasant to walk area. Note that it is closer to Anacortes than Mt VernonMore

Date of experience: September 2015
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Kay R, Administrator of Padilla Bay Foundation at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2015

Worth A Stop visitor, Thank you for the nice comment on the Reserve. If you would like to know more about this public lands asset, which is owned by all of us US citizens, please go to NOAA, (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) and search the...More

Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a nice educational place. There is a hands-on room for the kids. Learned about estuaries and the critters that live in them. There is also a 0.8mile trail that you can walk. During the Fall/Winter I was told you could see a lot...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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