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Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge free

Wikis Way, Morris Island | Chatham, MA | Official website
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge Photo info
Zachary Cava/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region
  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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With more than 7,600 acres of protected dunes, salt and freshwater marshes and a decommissioned lighthouse, the gorgeous Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will make you feel like a trailblazer. But there's more than rugged scenery; the encompassing islands of Morris, and North and South Monomoy are a nesting habitat for hundreds of species of migratory seabirds. Off the coast of South Monomoy, a large harbor grey seal population congregates to mate, play and sun themselves on the shore.

You can opt to take a guided tour in the summer season or stroll along the beach on your own. "You can see, smell, and hear the ocean from this refuge. It's very pretty, quiet, and peaceful," remarked one TripAdvisor user.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge stretches from Chatham into the Nantucket Sound. Although the refuge is open year-round from sun up to sundown, access to the Monomoy Islands is restricted by the seasonal ferry schedules. Check out the refuge's website for more information.

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