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Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668
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Spanning eight miles in length and three miles across, this estuary is...

Spanning eight miles in length and three miles across, this estuary is located at the saltwater edge of the large delta of the Skagit River, and is noted for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Interesting and nicely presentation and exhibits. Great bird watching!

Went to see the exhibits and walked around the area. Great place to stop and identify the different birds in this area. Exhibits are educational and presented well. Took a walk to... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2017
Wendy D
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Bremerton, Washington
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Bremerton, Washington
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Went to see the exhibits and walked around the area. Great place to stop and identify the different birds in this area. Exhibits are educational and presented well. Took a walk to the overlook at the bay and what a great view!

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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

It provides a educational resource of the Padilla Bay. Great place for school groups or individuals that are greatly concerned the habitat in the area.

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Thank Rapidsman
Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Rapidsman, We are pleased to have been able to host you on your trip to our area. To learn more about the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, go to: oceanservice.noaa.gov/ecosytems/nerrs/ A fascinating and fact filled site that is beautiful to navigate. This Reserve belongs to you, me ... to us all. We are one of 29 in the US.... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Easy walks, great view of the Bay from the lookout. Great spot to see falcons. Fantastic staff -- extremely friendly.

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Thank Jason V
Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

Lots of exhibits and info for shoreline nature. Pleasant to walk area. Note that it is closer to Anacortes than Mt Vernon

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Kay R, Administrator of Padilla Bay Foundation at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this review

Worth A Stop visitor, Thank you for the nice comment on the Reserve. If you would like to know more about this public lands asset, which is owned by all of us US citizens, please go to NOAA, (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) and search the field National Estuarine Research Reserve System. We are one of 29 in the US &... More 

North Bend, WA
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

This is a nice educational place. There is a hands-on room for the kids. Learned about estuaries and the critters that live in them. There is also a 0.8mile trail that you can walk. During the Fall/Winter I was told you could see a lot of migratory birds. But in August is became a nice quiet walk to pick blackberries.

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Everett, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

I went as a chaperone with my son's class to visit Padilla Bay. It was very enjoyable and educational. The kids really enjoyed it. I was impressed with how well organized each activity was. The staff were very knowledgeable, friendly, and it was clear that they love what they do.

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Hastings Point, Australia
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38 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 July 2015

A beautiful part of Washington state. Lots of activities especially water based fun. Not far from the exquisite tulip fields so well worth a visit if visiting tulip time in Vernon.

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Thank Vicki H
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 28 January 2015

You will find lots of interesting information in the visitor center, and once to go our and explore, you will be surrounded by chirping of birds and pleasant scenery. Don't miss the Shore Trail, a 2 mile easy walk along the water passages. It's especially nice during a colorful sunset and blue hour.

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Just out for a drive and found this place. Really nice and informative just did the visitor center, would go back to do the walk around the grounds.

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I love finding all the secret remote sites not talked about. Well peeps talk about this. Find a road and find beach. If you like wild life search for it. I saw numerous birds and cute farm animals are all around this bay. FUN, beautiful on a Sunny day. Not so much a rainy day.

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