Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (WBNERR) is a living laboratory and regional resource at one of the northeast’s most studied estuaries. The Reserve was designated a National Estuarine Research Reserve for the purpose of studying this area in order to improve the understanding of coastal ecosystems and human influences on them. Waquoit Bay is a representative example of shallow bays throughout the northeastern U.S., so research here improves the understanding of these areas in general and promotes stewardship of the coast throughout the region.

In addition to being a center for research and education, the Reserve is a State Park. Visitors are welcome to come enjoy the many beautiful areas and activities we have to offer.  This is a perfect little day trip for those that want to learn a little more about beautiful Cape Cod.

Waquoit Bay Reserve Headquarters
131 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit (East Falmouth), MA 02536

Hours: The Reserve Headquarters/Offices is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00.

The Visitor Center is open 7/days week from 10:00AM – 4:00PM in July and August.

Directions from Falmouth:
Proceed south on Route 28 (toward Mashpee). The Reserve is located a just under 2 miles from the Davisville lights in East Falmouth (1 mile from Mahoney’s Garden Center and 0.5 miles from White’s Landing/Edward’s Boat Yard/Childs River) on the right after the Waquoit Cemetery. The Reserve’s offices are located on the second floor of the main building. Follow the signs to the Visitor Center.

2 Responses to “Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve”

  1. Lawrence Slomin Says:

    Do you have any events scheduled the last week of August?

    • capecodblogger Says:

      Does Waquoit Bay or InnSeason Resorts? I wouldn’t know about the Reserve, but they seem very active in July and August. You could check their web site. As for InnSeason Resorts…it depends on the resort. Thanks for your interest.

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