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“Lovely, scenic”

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Birdwatchers flock to this Cape Cod wildlife habitat with a special emphasis on migratory birds.
Hartford, Connecticut
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130 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely, scenic”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

A little hard to find, but worth the drive on a beautiful fall day.

Visited October 2011
Thank pvillan
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English first
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48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2011

Wonderful hour-long secluded walk along the bar led to two dozen seals cavorting in the water just off shore. Magical!

Visited October 2011
Thank Rexaford
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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach scenery...bring your camera”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

My wife and I drove up to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge during our April 2011 weekend visit to Chatham. For April, it was a beautiful day/weekend. The sun was out and the temp was in the high 60's. I guess we were lucky..it could have been much colder and rainy or cloudy. You'll only need an hour to check this refuge out unless you want to spend more time exploring the very large open beach. There is a small ranger station and museum on the property. The small ones will really like the bones and specimens (birds, sea and beach critters, wale bones, etc.). Check it out!

Visited April 2011
4 Thank William E
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Concord, New Hampshire
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93 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places on Cape Cod”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

Very uncrowded and very beautiful beaches on South Monomoy. Seals are everywhere and so are the often unseen Great White Sharks that love the area too. Fishing is especially good and you're just outside of Chatham so as to access other attractions and restaurants.

http://monomoyislandferry.com/ was helpful. We took the seal cruise, which was informative and then shuttled to South Monomoy for a couple of hours. We enjoyed observing the plovers and the general solitude.

More can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/monomoy/ which will give you the basic overview as follows: Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Sand stretches for eight miles off the elbow of Cape Cod, forming the barrier islands of North and South Monomoy. In addition to the two islands, a 40-acre unit on Morris Island is also part of the refuge. This is where the headquarters and visitor center are located. The total size of the refuge is 7,604 acres with varied habitats of oceans, salt and freshwater marshes, dunes, and freshwater ponds of which 3,244 acres are designated Wilderness. The refuge provides important resting, nesting and feeding habitat for migratory birds, including the Federally protected piping plover and roseate tern. More than ten species of seabirds, shorebirds, and waterbirds nest on the islands. The refuge also supports the second largest nesting colony of common terns on the Atlantic seaboard with over 8,000 nesting pairs.

Visited June 2011
4 Thank Ian F
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100 reviews
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“It's a "Don't Miss."”
Reviewed April 21, 2011

Likewise, i almost did turn around because of the warning signs. But have no fear! The park is beyond those signs and you can't see it until you drive through a short caseway. The people who staff it are wonderful and the beach is beautiful. It's not a long walk: Kids can easily do it, but there is a huge wooden walkway with many many stairs. So, someone with bad knees won't like it too much.

Absolutely gorgeous. You can do it in 30 minutes or 3 hours. Bring a camera and something to drink. It's the best thing I did in my 4 days on the cape.

Visited April 2011
6 Thank jazzjunkysue
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