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Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

© Daniel X. O'Neil

Wellfleet Bay’s Wildlife Sanctuary (WBWS) is dedicated to preserving coastal habitats for wildlife by purchasing and preserving large parcels of undeveloped land on Cape Cod. Part of the largest private ownership of conserved land in Massachusetts, WBWS provides a 1100 acre refuge to wildlife and birds in a world where catastrophic oils spills, toxic pesticides, and severe climate patterns are becoming the norm.

Adventure through guided water and land tours or adult and kid-friendly scavenger hunts; get your hands dirty during the Turtle Research Program as you and your guide track box turtles and diamondback terrapins through salt marshes; or take a relaxing walk through the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden.

Tour the Green Building to discover how a home supplemented with solar panels, composting toilets, renewable building materials, and rainwater-collecting barrels is earth friendly and energy efficient without sacrificing comfort or beauty.

A day camp highlighting kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling excursions is held throughout the summer for kids aged 4-15; a field program is offered for high schoolers interested in teaming with career professionals as they conduct research, explore, and maintain the fragile environment of Cape Cod.

Stop by at newly opened PB Boulangerie Bistro, just two miles east of WBWS up Route 6 on LeCount Hollow Road, where the French owners successfully arouse and whet appetites with their pastries, breads, and sandwiches. Locals are already flocking to it and it won’t be long before passersby are right in line with them.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Nature Center: Memorial Day to Columbus Day: Daily, 8:30am to 5pm
  • Columbus Day to Memorial Day: Tuesday through Sunday, 8:30am to 5pm
  • Trails: Open every day, 8am to dusk (8pm in the summer)
  • Admission:
  • $5 for nonmember adults, $3 for nonmember children (2-12) and seniors
  • Directions from Boston:
  • Route 3 south across the Sagamore Bridge to Cape Cod. Follow Route 6 east for 45 miles. The sanctuary entrance is on the left just over the Wellfleet/ Eastham town line after the Wellfleet Drive-in Theater.
  • Contact:
  • Location: 291 State Hwy Rte 6 Wellfleet, MA
  • Phone: 508-349-2615
  • Website:
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