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Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-7242
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Beautiful Bay

A Saturday afternoon drive brought us to Padilla Bay. We are visitors from California, staying in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SMGrandma
Love this place!

Have taken groups of students here on field trips for many years. It is wonderful. The group... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
CarolynD53
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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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10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-7242
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Saturday afternoon drive brought us to Padilla Bay. We are visitors from California, staying in nearby Mt. Vernon for the Tulip Festival. There is a $10 day use fee, with a sizeable parking lot. There is a restroom facility there. There's a long, Rocky...More

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Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for posting this to Trip Advisor. To clarify a few details: you are describing the Bay View State Park facility and beach just to the south of Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where I am writing as non-profit administrator. Our facility is...More

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Have taken groups of students here on field trips for many years. It is wonderful. The group leaders are informative and make learning about estuaries fun. I believe all people who live or visit the Pacific Northwest should treat themselves to a visit here...to learn...More

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Kay R, Foundation Administrator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Carolyn, Thank you for your kind words commending the endeavors undertaken here at the Reserve to share NOAA's Office of Coastal Management goals for not only protection and preservation of this valuable and beautiful estuary, but the also for the education component that is key...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

I walkedthe Padilla Bay Trail today. I started on the north end of the trail near Bay View. The trail is 2 miles in length. It ends near Hwy 20 to the south. I walked about half way and back for a two mile. Parking...More

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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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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.More

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Kay R, Public Relations Manager at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2016

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...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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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 VernonMore

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Kay R, Administrator of Padilla Bay Foundation at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2015

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...More

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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...More

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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...More

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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.

Thank Vicki H
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