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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

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NC Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC
+1 252-987-2394
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Lots of bugs

The visitor center is great and has different types of shells and tells you the name of the shell... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michael P
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Collinsville, Illinois
This place is a survivor

The winter storms ate away parts of dunes, and deposited sand in some new spots, but the Visitor... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
gordonsmc
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Brooklyn, New York
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This bird-lovers' paradise provides a temporary home to more than 250 types of birds.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“visitor center” (33 reviews)
“bird watchers” (6 reviews)
“north pond” (10 reviews)
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NC Highway 12, Rodanthe, NC
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+1 252-987-2394
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"visitor center"
in 33 reviews
"bird watchers"
in 6 reviews
"north pond"
in 10 reviews
"the outer banks"
in 25 reviews
"nature center"
in 7 reviews
"gift shop"
in 16 reviews
"bald eagles"
in 3 reviews
"hatteras island"
in 9 reviews
"tundra swans"
in 3 reviews
"ghost crabs"
in 3 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 3 reviews
"bug spray"
in 6 reviews
"observation deck"
in 3 reviews
"canada geese"
in 4 reviews
"sound side"
in 6 reviews
"nags head"
in 10 reviews
"worth a stop"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor center is great and has different types of shells and tells you the name of the shell as well as the animal that lived in it. I found this very interesting. They have four miles of walking trails but the bugs were so...More

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The winter storms ate away parts of dunes, and deposited sand in some new spots, but the Visitor Center is working again and the beach is full of birds. Great place for a walk along the beach, away from burgers, ice cream, and other trimmings...More

Thank gordonsmc
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Just a few yards away from the busy Cape Hatteras Scenic Byway lies this oasis. The visitor center is manned by very friendly and knowledgable volunteers. Inside there are 3 very good binoculars so you can watch the birds that are further away. We took...More

Thank Monique E
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Along the highway lays the great wildlife refuge. Go first to the visitors center and talk with the friendly staff. Here are also three high-end Carl Zeiss optical instruments to have a look. Afterwards you can take a walk along the water.

Thank Hans V
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Visitor center closed when we arrived, but we took stroll to observing deck. Plenty of birds to see, bring mosquito repellent and watch out for red ant hills. Very nice hidden gem.

Thank Jim F
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Lots of wildlife in a seemingly endless and remote part of the OBX that really is only a few hundred meters from civilization. See it from the sound side - the water is shallow, it's protected, and you can poke around in the weeds and...More

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

If you like an unspoiled ecosystem, this is the place. You can see thousands of birds and not too many people.

Thank CltTraveler28214
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

I love to visit Pea Island any time we come to OBX. Depending on the season, you will see different birds. I've been here in winter, spring, and fall. This visit we saw large numbers of migrating tundra swans, canada geese, and various types of...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Pea Island offers many things to see and do if you enjoy the outdoors and nature. You can walk the trails and watch the birds coming in our out from their migration,you can go across the street and enjoy some time at the beach and...More

Thank Seraphita2013
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

If you like birds and wildlife, this is a good place to stop. We were there in December, so it was very cold and windy, but there were lots and lots of birds. Swans, egrets, teals, and other water birds were everywhere by the hundreds.

Thank wirttravelers
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Chris V
22 April 2018|
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Response from leetl319 | Reviewed this property |
I did see pets on a leash. Beware. There are a LOT of large bears and wolves here.
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sugranny
26 October 2017|
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Response from Seraphita2013 | Reviewed this property |
Pea Island is a wildlife refuge and it has beach access across the street. Theres no lodging,camping,or dinning within 15-20 minutes. They do sell snacks and refreshments in the gift shop though. you can keep the shells when... More
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sugranny
26 October 2017|
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Response from oldhokie702016 | Reviewed this property |
You can stay at Rodanthe where there are restaurants, etc. many people make this a day trip and stay in the Nage Head area or in one of the other villages on Hatteras Island. We prefer Hatteras and stayed there on our boat... More
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