Situated along Massachusetts’ Atlantic Flyway, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is one of the eight ecologically diverse refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts and supports the second largest nesting colony of common terns on the Atlantic seaboard. It has acted as a safe haven for several migratory birds who call the island home, and its eight miles of sandy beaches, salt and freshwater marshes, dunes, and ponds have attracted hundreds of birds and nature lovers year round. When you stay with us at Chatham Gables, we highly recommend a visit to these beautiful islands, and we know the best things to do while you explore!
Things to Do at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Monomoy Island Ferry: Since the island can only be reached by a ferry boat, make sure you’re prepared for your journey through Cape Cod’s waters! The Monomoy Island Ferry not only delivers you to and from the refuge safely, but they also offer whale watches, sport fishing, and shark tours! If you’d like to amplify your Monomoy Island experience, one of their fun-filled tours may well be worth a try!
Wildlife Viewing: A visit to a wildlife refuge is not complete without experiencing the wildlife! As a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Regional Site and a registered Important Bird Area, you can be sure you’ll find plenty of beautiful birds to find among the ten species that have made their home on the refuge. Take a look at the bird brochure to identify the ones who pay you a visit during your stay. Along the way, you may also find other wildlife such as horseshoe crabs and the occasional seal!
Fishing: Fishermen on the hunt for striped bass and bluefish tend to find plenty of success on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, so both fly fishing and saltwater fishing have become popular pastimes on the island. Before you arrive for your fishing trip, make sure you have all the necessary permits and requirements required by the state of Massachusetts.
Walking Trail: Upon your arrival, you will be given a map of Morris Island that shows the walking path you may use for exploring the refuge. At each numbered stop on the trail, you will find information about the foliage and wildlife in that particular area. After you make the Morris Island trek through the refuge, stop by the Visitor’s Center to learn even more about the native wildlife and get involved in hands-on activities.
Make a Visit to Nearby Chatham Lighthouse: Although not located directly in Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, their close proximity within one another make a perfect day trip! Before setting sail to Monomoy Island, see for yourself the beautiful and historic lighthouse in which President Thomas Jefferson himself appointed the first keeper. After guiding sailors by Chatham for nearly 200 years, the lighthouse is now open to the public for tours! The beautiful beacon has so many interesting stories to tell and its importance to the state of Massachusetts has made it the icon of Chatham.
Make the Most of Your Cape Cod Vacation When You Stay at Chatham Gables
Our quaint and charming cottage right in the heart of Chatham provides all the luxuries and services you need for a fully rejuvenating getaway or a romantic escape for just the two of you. Our recently renovated rooms boast a classic yet sophisticated setting to go along with our authentic New England Main Street Experience. Take a look at our vacation guide and let’s start planning your next much-needed getaway today!
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