Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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With more than 7,000 acres of protected dunes, salt and freshwater marshes and a decommissioned lighthouse, the gorgeous Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will make you feel like ye-olde explorer. But there's more than rugged scenery; the encompassing islands of Morris, and North and South Monomoy are a nesting habitat for more than 10 species of migratory seabirds. Off the coast of South Monomoy, a large harbor seal population congregates to mate, play and sun themselves on the shore.
Although you can go it alone, most visitors opt to charter a tour. One TripAdvisor says: "They take you out to where the seals are sitting on the sand bar, just waiting for the tide to go out. It was incredible to be so close! … They circled around quite a bit so we all got plenty of opportunity to view the seals."
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge stretches from Chatham into the Nantucket Sound. Although the refuge is open year-round from sun up to sun down, access to the Monomoy Islands is restricted by the seasonal ferry schedules. You can reach Morris Island from Chatham year-round. Check out the refuge's website for more information.
Nearby Things To Do
Cape Cod Rail Trail10.2 miles away
Cape Playhouse13.2 miles away
Edward Gorey House15.0 miles away
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club4.8 miles away
Chatham Bars Inn1.8 miles away
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club9.2 miles away