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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Easy walking trails

Nice indoor nature center and easy walking. Saw red breasted mergansers and a belted king fisher... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Canton, Massachusetts
Beautiful anytime of the year

Take one of the walking trails with your binoculars and bird ID book in hand. Peaceful wilderness... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chatham, Massachusetts
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“fiddler crabs”(34 reviews)
“nature center”(26 reviews)
“salt marsh”(25 reviews)
This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.
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291 State Highway, South Wellfleet, Wellfleet, MA 02663
+1 508-349-2615
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice indoor nature center and easy walking. Saw red breasted mergansers and a belted king fisher at Goose Pond. Nice walk around Silver Spring Pond.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take one of the walking trails with your binoculars and bird ID book in hand. Peaceful wilderness. Bundle up in the winter.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sargris
Reviewed December 28, 2018

Massachusetts Audubon operates a system of sanctuaries across the state that offers a world-class array of resources and facilities for getting in touch with nature and learning about the natural environment. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best. The Sanctuary runs a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Northern_Ibis
Reviewed November 15, 2018

Cape Cod has more to offer than just a fantastic coastline. Cape Cod also has gorgeous lakes and beautiful marshlands. Getting interested? So Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary awaits you. Several trails give you the chance to get into pittoresque nature. There is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Burkhard042
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

This is an absolute must to visit when you travel to Cape Cod! You do not want to miss making a trip here! My sisters and I were out on the Cape for a week renting a house and decided to visit here! We had...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank PekepooEmma
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Never seen so many fiddler crabs! Kids loved it! Wish we had more time to spend there. Plan for at least two hours.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Spent a couple of hours walking the trails here, beautiful views, not many people except at the boardwalk trail. Worth a trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CopCodder
Reviewed September 25, 2018

This was our first time at this spot and we went during low and high tide. The grasses were amazing, lots of crushed shells, crabs and birds. Great for walking around and photos. A couple were taking wedding photos the day we visited.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sophiemylene
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Stunning views of Chipman's Cove and the marshland. Go at low tide and walk all along the shoreline of the bay. Great in the early morning or evening!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ebrunomidili
Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

The salt marshes set aside for the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary have about five miles of established tracks to walk along. There were herons and great egrets among the water birds when we visited plus a glimpse of a snake. Outside the visitor centre, where...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TheoC319
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Julie B
October 2, 2017|
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Response from 319stewartt | Reviewed this property |
I saw blue heron, greater yellow legs and blue jays at the beginning of Oct. depends if it gets colder but some birds haven't migrated yet. Not sure if the ducks stop by here. Still a nice place to be out. I'll be walking... More
September 14, 2016|
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Response from bioguy | Reviewed this property |
No way!
April 14, 2016|
Response from KarenR86 | Reviewed this property |
No pets. It is a Wild Life Preserve.