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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Route 64/264, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: +1 252-473-1131
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An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.

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Great Wildlife Refuge

If you like secluded wildlife areas where you can see alligators, bear, red wolves and other wildlife then this place is for you. Plenty of things to see and do. We went kayaking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeff K
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Bryans Road, Maryland
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Bryans Road, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like secluded wildlife areas where you can see alligators, bear, red wolves and other wildlife then this place is for you. Plenty of things to see and do. We went kayaking through the paddling trails on 2 days. What a great place to kayak. We didn't see any alligators as the weather was a bit cool for them.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

For the most part this is a driving tour. We came a week after Matthew, and some of the roads were flooded. The guides at the visitor center directed us where to go to see bears, but we had no luck. Unpaved roads that will get your car dirty.

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

If you like remote unpopulated areas then this is your place. All kinds of wildlife to be found here depending where you go and the time of day or year. It's also good for photography. There are miles of roads so it is best to find a map first! You can take the wildlife drive in your vehicle which I... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Point your GPS to Milltail Rd, follow signs to Wildlife Drive, drive slowly. Don't need a 4X4 or AWD, the road is packed limestone, but your car will need a wash afterwards - lots of dust, even during a slow drive. In the Refuge use Waze, our Garmin GPS had't a faintest idea what roads are there. Anyway, you won't... More 

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We did the Alligator River nature tour with Kitty Hawk kites, and even our tour guide was impressed that we saw two alligators, rather close to us, while kayakings. She was not concerned at all because the alligators thought that we were just larger alligators since their sight is not very good. I believed her when the guide tried to... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

We attempted to visit here on our latest trip to the Outer Banks, after driving around trying to locate it we finally found a visitor center only to find out it's nowhere near that center. The people inside gave us maps and "sort of" directions and sent us on our way, they recommended some must see roads once we got... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Absolutely take the time to check this place out, get a little feel of rural North Carolina. Deer, bear, turkey and many others. Check with the rangers. A 4x4 recommended but not required.

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Irwin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We have visited the outer banks several times and never made the short ride to this refuge. From our motel (Blue Heron) in Nags Head it was just about a 25 minute ride to the area we wanted to ride thru. Basically it is straight across the Route 64 bridge (the southern bridge) across Manteo and right at the Y... More 

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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

The auto tour does take a while to explore. You have to drive slowly, scanning the fields as well as watching the road in front of you! We drove over here on a rainy day with nothing else to do and we did see a couple of bears, 2 blue herons, almost ran over a water moccasin snake, also stopped... More 

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SOUTH PASADENA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We loved the freedom to drive on all the roads at our own pace with few cars. In about 24 hours total we saw 25 bears (including cubs), a bobcat, a Water Moccasin, a Copperhead, three other non-venomous snakes, many species of birds. Twenty-four hours was not long enough; we did not want to leave. Beautiful sunrise and sunset and... More 

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