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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 291 State Highway, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone Number: 508-349-2615
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description:

This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.

This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.

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Beautiful trails

My family and I visited the sanctuary and walked some of the trails. They gently roll through the marshes, beachfront and ponds. The mix of environments and settings in such a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Tom M
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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I visited the sanctuary and walked some of the trails. They gently roll through the marshes, beachfront and ponds. The mix of environments and settings in such a contained area is remarkable. There's limited parking but we had no issues it is free for Mass Audubon members.

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Thank Tom M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend suggested that we visit the Wildlife Sanctuary. We just had a little trouble finding it, but it was well worth it. The docents were helpful in suggesting various trails to explore. The museum had some nice displays about wildlife that we might see. I especially enjoyed the fiddler crabs as we went from wetlands to forested area and... More 

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Thank Nancy C
Bethesda, Maryland
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here late one morning with our elementary school son. The staff was nice in recommending a walk for us and pointing out the rare blue lobster in the aquarium. I also appreciated the explanation for the blue wooden boxes in the marshes (mosquito control). We walked the Goose Pond Trail, which was low on bird sightings but great... More 

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Boston
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469 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driven by this place many a time without stopping as it is easy to miss. This is a great place to explore the tidal marshes and much of it is shaded which was a blessing in the current heat wave on the Cape. With a bay breeze, we could easily manage out picnic lunch on a bench in the shade.... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have easy walking trails, TONS of shore and song birds, informative maps, impressive nature center and gorgeous sunsets!

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Thank Rob M
Ottawa, Canada
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to spend a few hours if it's cool, rainy, or if you just need a break from the beach. Nice hike through the salt marsh if the tide is high, and then head out to the boardwalk if the tide is out. Tons of birds, interesting crab life to watch, fun tidal pools for the kids -... More 

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can follow a board walk path to hike into Salt Marsh areas. Great views of marsh views and birds, and wildlife. Wear bug screen and you will be fine.

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a nice morning walking around, searching for turtles and fiddler crabs. My kids are young, so they tire quickly, but we were glad we stopped there.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to spend a few hours hiking and bird watching. Bring your binoculars. Join the Audubon Society and support their conservation efforts. Great summer day camp for kids.

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Gem Lake, MN
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We signed our kids up for the fish painting activity. (Don't worry, they don't use real fish. Anymore...) It was fine, but not too exciting. Our kids (9-12) were kind of beyond it. The museum is small but very educational. A lot of the beauty of this place is outdoors on the trails, and sadly we didn't get to take... More 

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