Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The interpretive visitor center is CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 preventative measures. Our outdoor trails will remain OPEN for anyone who would like to enjoy them.
Don’t want to leave your house? Here’s a virtual boardwalk tour and story book for the kids! Click here to view the Story Map.
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve & Coastal Resource Center offers visitors all kinds of excitement out in the wild and in the interpretive center which offers interpretive exhibits and more. The reserve is open year-round for exploration and discovery, and is a great place to go birding, bug & butterfly watching as well as botanizing. If you are very, very observant, it is also a great place see aquatic and marine mammals such as river otters and bottlenose dolphins!
The reserve is a great place for the nature photographer. Photo opportunities such as glorious sunrises and sunsets as well as brightly colored wildflowers and butterflies provide countless possibilities for photographers who want to capture that perfect photo for their album. Pack a lunch, bring your fishing poles, canoes, or kayaks, and come enjoy the wonderful outdoors.
Open Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm - free.
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