Peace and Beauty At Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

In an area that is naturally beautiful, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary stands out as a special place where beauty and nature are both celebrated and protected.

A golden colored marsh and small pond with a heron in profile.Part of the Massachusetts Audubon’s system of statewide sanctuaries, the science-based environmental organization provides five extensive trails, a wildlife garden, and public programs.

Stop by the impressive Esther Underwood Johnson Nature Center to view exhibits and get oriented. Then head out to explore the beautiful grounds. The Sanctuary boasts five different trails, each featuring distinctive habitats with unspoiled scenery.

The boardwalk on one of the trails, passing over a salt marsh.Of these, Goose Pond Trail, the main trail of the system, provides an all-access path for the first quarter mile of the trail, and informational signage that includes braille. The other trails offer treks through shaded woodlands, over a salt marsh, and along a fresh water pond. Each brings opportunity to see wildlife in its natural habitat.

Two green heron standing on a small bit of land in the middle of a pond.The Wildlife Sanctuary also hosts a variety of year-round programs for adults on research and conservation projects—such as ones threatened shorebirds or coastal ecology—and offers hands-on activities during wildlife cruises.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA
Memorial Day – Columbus Day: open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Day – Memorial Day: open Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nonmembers: $8/adults, $5/seniors 65+, $3/children 2-12; free for members

After the peaceful surroundings of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, you’ll feel right at home in the soothing surroundings here at Whalewalk Inn. Call us soon to book your next stay!


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