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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, De, DE 19977
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A Birder's Paradise!

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Clear Spring, Maryland
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Clear Spring, Maryland
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 counted at least 8 during our visit. Vibrant songbirds are abundant, as are a multitude... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 red fox who allowed us to watch him for quite awhile.

Thank Tina H
Newark, Delaware
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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 since the weather forecast was good. It is about an hour drive from Newark, DE.... More 

Thank MLFB
Dover, Delaware
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93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 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
Carlisle, PA
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233 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
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 who want to stretch their legs.

Thank Birdguy
Oxford, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
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Reviewed 11 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 military plane landing at Dover Air Force base, which is very close by.

Thank tawny1956
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 14 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
Bethesda, Maryland
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120 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 ID's 15 species, and a couple of others were doubtful (too far, even with a... More 

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Smyrna, Delaware
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 turn. Be sure to take your binoculars and camera! What a fabulous wildlife reserve !

2 Thank RLW306
Gainesville, Florida
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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 month of the year and in June, July, and Auguts the flies are terrible.

Thank Richard R

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