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, 9 am–4:30 pm; Trails open daily, 7 am–dusk

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Marine Life Cruises

Marine Life Cruises

Family-friendly excursions to meet the creatures living in Cape Cod Bay! Through August 21. Sign up >

Summer Kayaking

Kayak Trips

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

Birding Programs

Sensational Summer Birds

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

August 26, 2019 (Monday) 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary's beach at low tide. Our w... Learn More >
August 26, 2019 (Monday) 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Discover the fascinating fish of Wellfleet Bay! Meet live fish to learn how these aquatic creatures are perfectly adapted for... Learn More >
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