Wellfleet Bay’s 1,100 acres of salt marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, freshwater pond, and rare heathland attract a wide array of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. Discover the true nature of Cape Cod as you amble along the five miles of trails that traverse these habitats.
The scenic trails are complemented by the Nature Center’s green architecture, our friendly volunteers, and a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden. More Info.
A variety of educational programs for children and adults, including walks, workshops, and cruises, are offered both on the sanctuary and at other pristine locations on Cape Cod. Enjoy a naturalist-led bird walk on our property or listen to an evening lecture. Participate in hands-on activities aboard our Cape Cod Bay Marine Life Cruise for families. Observe seals, shorebirds and other wildlife on guided tours of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
291 State Highway, Route 6
South Wellfleet, MA 02663
This sanctuary has the following universally accessible facilities: Nature Center, Trails, All Persons Trail to Goose Pond, Seasonal Classroom, Gardens, Campground.
Nature Center/Trail Hours:
Nature Center: Memorial Day to Columbus Day: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Columbus Day to Memorial Day: Tuesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trails: Open every day, 8 a.m. to dusk (8 p.m. in the summer).
Mass Audubon Members enjoy FREE admission.
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$5 for nonmember adults;
$3 for nonmember children (2-12) and seniors
From Boston: Follow Rt 3 south and cross the Sagamore Bridge to Cape Cod. Follow Rt 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.
From Providence: Follow Rt I-195 or Rt I-495 to Rt 25 and cross the Bourne Bridge to Cape Cod. Turn off the Bourne Rotary at the exit for Rt 6 east. Continue on Rt 6 for 50 miles. The sanctuary entrance is on the left just over the Wellfleet/ Eastham town line after the Wellfleet Drive-in Theater.
From Provincetown: Take Rt 6 west to South Wellfleet. The sanctuary entrance is on the right just before the Wellfleet Drive-in Theater.
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Hours of Operation
Hours: M-F 9-5 pm EST
8 Nells Way, Orleans, MA, 02653
Call (800) 896-4606