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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927-8958
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+1 843-784-2468

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Excellent dioramas and commentary by volunteers in visitor center. Attractive store with lots of entertaining and educational gift selections. Then lots of birds, wet-lands, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
George D
Lewes, Delaware
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Lewes, Delaware
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent dioramas and commentary by volunteers in visitor center. Attractive store with lots of entertaining and educational gift selections. Then lots of birds, wet-lands, and alligators to see and photo when taking the 4 mile drive through the refuge

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Hilton Head Island
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful blue sky and 77 degree temperature in January led us to choose this beautiful place rather than an art museum. This refuge boasts a great Visitor Center and gift shop (bonus feature - no sales tax) and many hiking trails, but the highlight is a four plus mile drive through the old rice plantation. Drive slowly, roll down the... More 

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Saint Augustine
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a wonder for history buffs and nature lovers. The stories behind these dikes and the intact cistern were a pleasure to find. Wonderful viewing for ducks, coots, herons, and of course alligstors. We had the luck of seeing a red tailed hawk and a gator with her three babies on her back! It's a nice walk -... More 

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metro Atlanta
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135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Visitors Center is a good place to start - friendly, informative staff and the introductory film shares the interesting history of the place. It must change dramatically with each season, and I look forward to returning.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My brother who lives in the area took me to the wildlife refuge twice and it was wonderful. The first time we went early morning so that I could take photos of the swamp and landscape. The second time we went on a sunny, warm, afternoon the day after Christmas and we saw numerous alligators very unclose. It was a... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We enjoyed the 4 mile drive, we even got to see 5 alligators and numerous birds. If you go, try to go on a warm sunny day. We drove through 2 times on 2 different days. The second, sunny day, we seen more wildlife.

Thank lhubbard100
Georgia Coast, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Being a local, I visit the refuge two or three times a month. The scenery as well as the wildlife, changes with the seasons. I have photographed gators, water birds, birds of prey, wild hogs, deer and recently encountered a bobcat. Some trips yield better returns than others, but I always enjoy the visit!

Thank Stan117
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

November may not be the best month to visit, but I love all wildlife refuges. Alligators and ducks we there to be seen (once I knew the difference between 'gators and driftwood), butterflies and birds here and there. The Visitors center is small, mostly shop, but I like the skulls, turtle shells and displays. There is a board out front... More 

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annapolis, md
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331 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I didn't know what to expect when I read about this place except to say I was intrigued. Most of the wildlife places we have visited included a variety of landscapes. Here it was low dense brush, swamps and canals with an occasional grouping of trees, mostly live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. So not exactly a place of beauty... More 

Thank llpupa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Real pretty drive. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. I was really disappointed as we had made it to the 2.5 mile marker and no alligators. Then we saw a big one floating in the canal. Then an even bigger one just below is stunning on the bank. All told we saw 13 6'+ alligators. 10 were between the... More 

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