5 of the Best Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries to Explore

Cape Cod holds an abundance of natural treasures that are ever present in Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries. Experience unmatched beauty along North Atlantic beaches, marshland trails, and a series of parks, all within a 30-minute drive of Brewster! Download our free Vacation Guide to access other great attractions and activities that will make your trip one to remember.

The 5 Best Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch birds take to the skies over the Wellfleet Harbor in this peaceful sanctuary. A wide selection of easily accessible trails takes you through sandy beaches, salt marshes, and woodlands. You can spot fiddler crabs dodging majestic green herons in the marsh and take part in wildlife conservation education programs focused on a host of animals, including sea turtles!

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Follow 2.5 miles of trails to see what some have called “a million dollar view” of the Barnstable Harbor with Sandy Neck Barrier Beach serving as the backdrop. For a different perspective, try kayaking the park’s expansive tidal flats and catch a glimpse of small marine life. Venture through the many butterfly-filled meadows or check out the bee observation hive to see bees in action.

Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a long list of ground-nesting birds. With plenty of shady woodlands and two ponds, this is a great spot to see some wildlife. Five species of turtles nest here in the summer and three species of owls call the sanctuary home during the winter. There is always something interesting to see here!

Skunknett River Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience nature in action at this Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. The 147-acre park is home to a former mill site that Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming. It also features Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and abandoned cranberry bogs. If you look closely at the sanctuary’s waterways, you may even see an American eel.

Sampsons Island Wildlife Sanctuary

This small barrier island sanctuary off the coast of Cape Cod serves as an important nesting ground for rare plovers, terns, and American oystercatchers. Access is limited in spring and summer to protect these species of birds, but kayak tours around the island provide visitors with a fun opportunity for bird watching. Private boat tours are also available depending on the season.

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After a day of fun at a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, come back to your Garden Suite and relax on Garden Suite Patioyour private brick patio! You can even complete your stay with an in-room massage. Then, wake up to a delicious, two-course gourmet breakfast that will have you ready to start your next great Cape Cod adventure. Check our availability and book your stay with us! We would love to have you as our guests!

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