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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

#10 of 124 things to do in Virginia Beach Features Animals
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Great place to view wildlife

I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalks. Wish we could have seen more birds, but other than a... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2016
Plain City, Ohio
Peaceful Place

Great place to spend a few hours. Very Peaceful. I first came here when I moved to this area over... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and nature photography in a completely natural environment. The Refuge grounds are open sunrise to sunset daily. The Visitor Center hours of operation are the following: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalks. Wish we could have seen more birds, but other than a few seagulls & sandpipers, we didn't see any. We did see 3 snakes, 2 brown water snakes & a black racer. I was just happy that none...More

1  Thank JStarkey2
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Great place to spend a few hours. Very Peaceful. I first came here when I moved to this area over 20 years ago. Rode my bike south on the trails, crossed the dunes and walked it back on the beach. It was like I was...More

1  Thank arthurapx
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Visited Back bay for the first time. Beautiful trails and boardwalks. Bring water if you plan on seeing more than the trails near the parking area. Very pleasant staff at the visitor center.

Thank BobandPaulette1983
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to walk...lots of wildlife - turtles, bald eagles, kingfishers, ducks...walking was great - but wish we'd been able to pick up a "Share" bike for the walk back from False Cape Park - the Blue Goose tram only runs in April on Friday,...More

Thank macdonto
Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is a great refuge if you are into birds (which we are not really) but the trails were nice and for us the best part was the ocean beach side where the kids were able to find beach treasures (shells, fish bones) not seen...More

1  Thank TerriB921
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Didn't quite know what to expect when we first visited but were amazed at it's beauty and tranquility. Lots of birdlife and snakes - my first encounter with them! Visited on a day when a free bus tour was offered around the refuge which was...More

Thank CAE318
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Great place to be one with nature. Guides helpful. Off the beaten path. Wish we had better weather and more time to explore .

Thank rongrove2014
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Hubby and I enjoy visiting the all the wildlife refuges during our travels. The Back Bay was a pretty area, a nice boardwalk trail and lovely views.

Thank Eileen W
Reviewed 16 March 2016

We got there late in the day. Was not prepared for the weather & didn't have a lot of daylight left. Plan on going back for sure. Nice walk on the beach. Bring your binoculars most definitely.

Thank 911lorilee
Reviewed 10 March 2016

If you love nature, this is the place to go. We wanted to take the tram tour but it didn't work with our schedule so we are planning another trip next fall. We rented a beach home with Beach Pros Realty and it was just...More

2  Thank Amanda R
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Te'ara M
3 July 2017|
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Response from Scott S | Reviewed this property |
I hate snakes big time. The women at the visitors center said they are out and about but that they normally stay away from people. We took the one trail by the bay and it was high grass on both sides with a gravel path. I... More
Lauren P
5 September 2016|
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Response from Erica B | Reviewed this property |
I have 2 children 4 and 7 when we went there and they loved it! They were content with just seeing a blue heron and a couple turtles.😊
Vickie S
10 April 2015|
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Response from kevincollins999 | Reviewed this property |
I would also contact Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You might be able to off the beach?????