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“Great place for a nature walk!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Wellfleet
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This preserve is a great place to commune with nature and watch the sunset.
West Hartford, Connecticut
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for a nature walk!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

If you can walk a mile or so on compressed sand, it's really worth walking out to the tidal flats at the sanctuary. They run many tours with a naturalist (highly recommended) who will point out lots of interesting things along the way. Each naturalist will point out different things, which is why I never find this walk old.

Often is you go on the "Seashore Scramble" or a similar walk, the group will bring out dip nets and a big seine net. This is so much fun is you like discovering what nature has to share and don't mind getting a little wet or dirty.

This is always on my must-do list every summer!

Visited July 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“fun walks with grandkids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Many trails to fit the needs of all grand-kids ages. I liked the many teaching guides in the main office. You can watch birds feed at the feeders from indoors.

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Feel like an Animal Planet Explorer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Rain or shine, I love the Audubon Sanctuary. Especially when it's overcast, windy, chance of rain, and you don't want to be chilly on the beach, this is a great alternative.
Actually, wherever I go, from the Outer Banks to Portland, OR, I know that any Audubon sanctuary trip will provide variety, unexpected glimpses of something wild, and give you a good flavor of the local nature scene.

The visitor center is welcoming and spacious, so even if there's some rain, you can be cozy indoors with kids, checking out exhibits. Call ahead for special lectures and activities. There is an indoor "bird blind", where people can sit on rocking chairs and just watch finches and other wild birds zoom in at the bird feeders. If you have elderly visitors who might not be up for a long walk, or members in your party who are wheelchair bound, the visitor center offers a nice respite and glimpse at the wild birds outside, and there is a short-radius accessible boardwalk.

There are many trails for avid walkers, families, birders, and just first-timers. The paths take you through salt marshes, sweet-water ponds, oak forests, and the dramatic shoreline which changes with the tides. It seems, every 15 minutes you have different weather, sunlight or clouds, tide going out or dramatically rushing in.
Ask for advice at the front desk, which coastal path might be submerged (due to high tide), and what to watch out for. Then be quiet, observe all around you, and pay some respect to Mother Nature.
Become a supporting member of the Audubon Society, and give an extra donation, if you can. Consider volunteering in your own neck of the woods.

Visited June 2013
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Taunton, Massachusetts
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“Big bang for small amount of money.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

This is a wonderful gem. Its family friendly and well worth exploring. Wear comfortable foot wear, bring bug spray, hats and sunscreen. The trails were pretty easy walking and interesting. Bring a camera for lots of bird activity, fiddler crabs and osprey. Don't attempt the boardwalk to the beach when the tide is coming in, you will be in waist high water and it can be dangerous. Enjoy the views and help support the audobon society. It was $5 if not a member each. Check out the lovely visitor center for more info and trail maps.

Visited June 2013
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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22 reviews
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The naturalists are always friendly and knowledgable. Would recommend the walks to the tidal flats for families and the boat trips from Orleans, too! A must do when you visit.

Visited July 2012
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