Fodor's Expert Review Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Encompassing 3,000 acres of estuaries, woodlands, salt marshes, and barrier beaches, this research reserve is a good place for walking, kayaking, fishing, and birding. In July and August, there are nature programs for families, including an outdoor lecture series on Tuesday evening. South Cape Beach is part of the reserve; you can lie out on the sand or join one of the interpretive walks. Flat Pond Trail runs through several different habitats, including fresh- and saltwater marshes. You can reach Washburn Island on your own by boat, or by joining a Saturday-morning tour; it offers 330 acres of pine barrens and trails, swimming, and 10 wilderness campsites (an advance reservation and permit are required).