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Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

  • 291 U.S. 6 Map It
  • South Wellfleet
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

Encompassing nearly 1,000-acres, this reserve is home to more than 250 species of birds. The jewel of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the sanctuary is a superb place for walking, birding, and watching the sun set over the salt marsh and bay. The Esther Underwood Johnson Nature Center contains two 700-gallon aquariums that offer an up-close look at marine life common to the region's tidal flats and marshlands. From the center you can hike five short nature trails, including a fascinating boardwalk trail that leads over a salt marsh to a small beach—or you can wander through the butterfly garden. The sanctuary has camps for children in July and August and weeklong field schools for adults.

Sight Information

Address:

291 U.S. 6, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 02667, United States

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Phone:

508-349–2615

Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Trails daily 8 am–dusk; nature center late May–mid-Oct., daily 8:30–5; mid-Oct.–late May, Tues.–Sun. 8:30–5

Published 07/22/2015

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