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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

#36 of 364 things to do in Delaware Features Animals
2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, De, DE 19977
+1 302-653-6872
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A Birder's Paradise!

Absolutely beautiful wildlife refuge. If you are a bird watcher, you won't be disappointed. If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clear Spring, Maryland
via mobile
Loving the Eagles and other Wildlife at Bombay

We have been going up to Bombay Hook regularly for the past 3 weeks. We have seen many eagles-both... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tina H
Dover, Delaware
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“bald eagles” (12 reviews)
“snow geese” (15 reviews)
“bug spray” (8 reviews)
2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, De, DE 19977
+1 302-653-6872
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful wildlife refuge. If you are a bird watcher, you won't be disappointed. If you aren't, you may be inspired to become one, or just enjoy the scenic beauty this place has to offer. This is a big year for bald eagles, and we...More

Thank a1trvlagt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been going up to Bombay Hook regularly for the past 3 weeks. We have seen many eagles-both bald and golden, Canadian Geese with their goslings, egrets, great blue herons and many, many more. The last two times we visited, we also saw a...More

Thank Tina H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though I live in Delaware I had never been to the Bombay Hook Nature Refuge. Since I wanted to visit and it is the only place in DE to get a senior national parks pass we made plans to spend a Saturday afternoon there...More

Thank MLFB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All of the wildlife in this natural protected area is peaceful and a great place to spend the morning or afternoon. Most of the birds migrate here from all over the coast, so variety is always abundant. Also eagle and red fox.

Thank ShirleyGirl2014
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We had another good visit to this refuge, with the wildlife drive providing many opportunities to see various species of birds, including many bald eagles and ospreys this time. The ponds always have a good mix of water birds. There are some trails for those...More

Thank Birdguy
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a wonderful spot for nature lovers, especially birds that live along coastal regions. There is a 12 mile driving tour through the refuge, with a number of stops along the way with short trails, viewing towers, etc. We were also treated by a...More

Thank tawny1956
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This is my third trip to Bombay Hook and this was by far my best photography trip to date. The property is easy to navigate with unlimited birdwatching / photography opportunities. I'm already planning to return this fall.

Thank David W
Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is one of the important birding spots on the east coast. In February, it mainly hosts waterfowl, of which we saw plenty. Snow Geese, Pintails, Coots, Canada Geese, and many more, were easily viewable from the road that circles several managed basins. We positively...More

2  Thank HarveyL759
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited this wildlife Refuse today and was quite surprised at the wildlife that we observed. Tons of waterfowl .... Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Snow geese by the thousands, Red Tailed Hawks, Swans, Mallard Ducks and More. A surprise at every...More

2  Thank RLW306
Reviewed 7 January 2017

When we lived in MD this was our goto place for bird watching. Visited around Thanksgiving and was not disappointed. Many ducks, geese, and shore birds. Only a few Snow Geese which was unusual, but saw lots on Route 9. We have visited probably every...More

Thank Richard R
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We will be visiting on a Saturday in July. Is the refuge actually open then - we can't find any clear guidance? Thank you.
15 July 2015|
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Any recommendations as to where to stay around the refuge:
17 May 2015|
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Where is the best and nicest place to saty by the refuge. Looking for best of comfort and by water if possible with a deck or balcony and or great view.
29 January 2015|
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