Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Walking the boardwalk in summer at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning “green” nature center with numerous exhibits and aquariums. 

Location: 291 State Highway Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: 508-349-2615
Hours: Open daily, 8:30 am–5 pm; Trails open daily, 7 am–dusk

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Featured Program(s)

Full Moon Hikes

Full moon over beach dune © Len Edgerly
© Len Edgerly

Take a guided walk to look (and listen) for nocturnal wildlife under a full moon. Sign up >

Summer Kayaking

Kayak Trips

Explore the Outer Cape's beautiful salt marshes, ponds, and rivers by kayak. Register today >

Birding Programs

Fantastic Fall Birds

Short-billed Dowitcher on Tern Island (Photo: Joel Wagner)
Short-billed Dowitcher

We have lots of great birding walks and trips for all ages and experience levels! Go birding >

Diamondback Terrapins

Search for Tiny Terrapins

Newly-hatched diamondback terrapin baby closeup
Diamondback Terrapin © Terri Munson

Help us find Diamondback Terrapin hatchlings around the salt marshes! Sign up >

Sanctuary News & Events

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Upcoming Programs

September 21, 2019 (Saturday) 6:15pm - 7:45pm
From Hemenway Landing in Eastham, observe the black-crowned night-herons' nightly flight to the marsh to feed. This is a great... Learn More >
September 27, 2019 (Friday) 8:00am - 10:00am
Experience the best of morning bird activity with a Wellfleet Bay naturalist on this walk along Goose Pond Trail. From pine wo... Learn More >
September 27, 2019 (Friday) 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Late summer and fall are the best time to experience shorebird migration on Cape Cod. Join a Wellfleet Bay naturalist as we bi... Learn More >
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