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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 07/14/2016

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 offers camps for children in July and August, as well as weeklong field schools for adults.

Sight Information


291 U.S. 6, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 02667, USA

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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 07/14/2016


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