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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
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Breathtaking oasis

Tall marsh grasses and wooded paths take you away from the crowds. Gorgeous vistas across varied Cape Cod scenery, truly beautiful. Great spot to animal watch, hike and appreciate... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Tall marsh grasses and wooded paths take you away from the crowds. Gorgeous vistas across varied Cape Cod scenery, truly beautiful. Great spot to animal watch, hike and appreciate nature.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We usually rent a place that is very close to the sanctuary, so we visit it on every trip. The center, its displays, and the walkways are packed with good information about the local wildlife, but if you just go for the views you'll be very pleased. We often encounter dedicated birdwatchers waiting to capture a glimpse of same rare... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Right off of Rt. 6 in Wellfleet, you could pretty well miss it unless looking for it. Be sure to put it in your navigator because you don't want to miss it! This is an absolute bargain for the $5 entry fee. After looking at the exhibits in the nature center (you'll see a rare blue lobster, several other live... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been going to the cape for years. We always passed the sign for the Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, but never went. This past summer we decided to stop after going to the Marconia Area, since it's virtually across the street. There is a minimal fee to get in, but it's well worth it. The sanctuary is quite extensive and it... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It has Beautiful trails(many different lengths), informative staff, self-guided. Definitely a must see.

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Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk through various eco systems and enjoy a natural landscape. This place is packed with flora and fauna and is a birders paradise. We walked around at low tide and enjoyed watching all the fiddler crabs move about. It's a wonderful space and I would recommend it if you're passing through the area. There's also a nice little nature center.... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nicer towns with friendlier people. The Wellfleet Oysters are world renowned. But the town is nothing to talk about. Confused town.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The volunteers are very knowledgeable, the landscape is stunning, the indoor space displays explanations well adapted to young children and the gift shop has a nice selection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family has been coming here since before our children were born and now they are 24 and 17. We all love it. Our children have acquire our love of and appreciation for the environment. The guided hikes are interesting, the grounds and trails are beautiful, and the museum is interesting.We also camp here. You have to be a member... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free parking, $5 for adults (less for children), nice nature center with restrooms, water fountain, helpful & friendly docents ... definitely worth a stop if you enjoy walking through freshwater & saltwater wetlands and barrier beaches to look for turtles, birds & crabs, etc. We walked the Bay View Trail (1.4 mi) and the Goose Pond Trail (1.4 mi). Goose... More 

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