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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231-0072
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More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for...

More than 43,000 acres of protected and managed coastal habitats for migratory birds.

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Nature Lovers' Paradise

Anyone who has driven a part of the Garden State Parkway has driven past sections of this refuge. Get off the parkway and visit this place now! This is what the New Jersey... read more

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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Ringoes, New Jersey
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone who has driven a part of the Garden State Parkway has driven past sections of this refuge. Get off the parkway and visit this place now! This is what the New Jersey coastline was meant to be. Thank goodness a part of it has been preserved. I can't believe it took me as long as it did to visit.... More 

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Burlington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the 8 mile drive, it was a beautiful day and we drove with the windows down. We made quite a few stops one was the walk up tower. On the steps of the tower was a lost Budgie Parakeet, we felt sorry for it. Thankfully a man caught it and was taking it home. I wish we... More 

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Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Hiking on Birdsong trail is always relaxing, and there are still birds in late December. The loop drive is interesting, don't forget binoculars.

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Glenside, PA
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Reviewed 21 December 2016

You're not always guaranteed to see a large number of birds, but the the scenery is always lovely and you never know what you will see!

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Crescent City, California
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87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

I lived on the edge of the wildlife refuge for almost 10 years and spent time there as often as possible. The Place is magical all year round but is even more so during the fall and spring migrations when tens of thousands of birds stop over on their long journey. Fox, deer, raccoons and other ground animals also inhabit... More 

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Thank Gudwill
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We always love to drive through the refuge. Especially when all the different species of ducks are migrating. We have seen quite a few.eagles too.

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Berlin, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a great spot to visit especially if you are seeking a REFUGE from the area's other noisier and frenetic attractions. Good birding spot year round. You can also get your National Park pass at this location. It's beauty IS muted a little due to its closeness to Atlantic City, but that shouldn't take anything away from a visit.

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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

We visited the refuge last weekend during out stay in Brigantine. Unfortunately, the heat index was close to 100 degrees, so we enjoyed the drive in the comfort of our air conditioning. We took advantage of the lender binoculars from the staff and we all marveled at the different species of birds we were able to see during low tide.... More 

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New Providence
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We spent the day at the refuge. We got to see about 40 different bird species. We didn't get any new life birds but had a good time looking at birds we haven't seen for awhile. The flies were bad but that is to be expected. Great weather. I bought some things in the gift shop and the associates were... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Like any park with wildlife, visitors are at the mercy of the wildlife and the season. I have visited here on many occasions and have rarely been disappointed. I usually do two drives around the park, if I don’t see something the first drive, I do the second. Depending on the season, I have seen egrets, herons, black-skimmers and ospreys... More 

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