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Address: 707 E Lake Dr, Cape May Point, NJ 08212-3059
Phone Number: +1 609-884-2736
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Founded in 1975 by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Observatory takes...

Founded in 1975 by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Observatory takes visitors on birdwatching trips to view more than 400 species of birds during fall migration.

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Accessible Natural Beauty

This was a pleasant surprise. Off the main road is a little turn in run by the Nature Conservancy. Easy, walkable path with a map of trails. Go as close or as far as you like. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2016
Liz M
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Philadelphia
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Abington, Pennsylvania
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219 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Our first visit to Observatory on way to our yearly visit Cape May State Park. Stop in and talk to experts. Pick up a Cape May Bird & Butterfly Map. They offer different workshops and events. A highlight was a stop a little further down the road:Triangle Park- a small area you can notice with the painted rowboat. Park on... More 

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Bridgeton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

My sisters and I went into the observatory to look for tee shirts. We ended up staying over and hour shopping and talking to the staff. We had questions about owls and some birds we had seen and heard ,which a staff member very willingly researched for us on the spot and answered all our questions. He was even able... More 

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Philadelphia
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise. Off the main road is a little turn in run by the Nature Conservancy. Easy, walkable path with a map of trails. Go as close or as far as you like. We saw ducks, geese, osprey, butterflies, dragonflies, and a big fat blue crab at the bridge. The fact that they discourage beach goers is... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is a gorgeous hidden gem. You wouldn't expect it to be there, but when you enter it's a wonderful world of beautiful scenery and birds. The secluded beach is an extra treat.

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New Providence
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We spent our honeymoon in Cape May some 30 years ago. We found our love for bird watching there. We have been birdwatchers ever since. We both love this place. We always meet interesting people. We met a small family and got to talk to them. The two children were interested in birding.

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West Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory has been connecting people to nature for 40 years and counting through their innovative events and programs, annual migration monitoring (Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, Higbee Beach Morning Flight Songbird Count, and Monarch Monitoring Project), and internship program for future conservation leaders. Stop by any time of the year, but the major migration... More 

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Dover, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Very nice bird observatory close (biking distance) from Cape May tourist area. Nice walking loop, with platforms for viewing. Very peaceful. We saw several different bird species. You can also access Sunset beach. No charge for observatory (donations requested). However, beware of ticks. Although we didn't stray off the gravel path, my husband found a tick on him (he must... More 

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Camden, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Bird watching is not a hobby for us, but we always like visiting here, both on the decks and walking. We enjoy seeing the birds and other wildlife, as well as butterflies during their migration season. The real bird watchers have always been very cheerful and willing to answer questions and share information.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

If you're a birder of any level and you're in Cape May, you really need to stop by the Observatory. The visitor center itself hosts a number of educational displays and classes, and it's not just about birds; they had a eonderful monarch butterfly lifecycle display when we visited. There's an attached shop for birding gear and optics, but their... More 

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Fishers, IN
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

This is one of our favorite places to bird watch in the Fall. We have been here in Sept, Oct, and Nov. the weather can make or break the variety and numbers of birds you see. Bad weather can bring great birds. We love the hawk watch, Higbee Beach, the beanery, and pretty much everything else about Cape May.

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