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4. Westport – Naturally

To visit Earthplace at the junction of Rte. 33 and Post Road West, take a left onto Rte.1 Post Rd. West a right on Kings Highway North (second traffic light), take first left on Woodside Ave. that becomes Woodside Lane to Earthplace on the right. This is a lovely tree shaded country road that is a pleasure to drive any season. This beautiful 62-acre wildlife sanctuary has miles of trails, exhibits, an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas, and houses live wildlife for public viewing. Family fun on trails range from how to identify trees or use a compass to following clues on the swamp loop walk. There is also a Universal Design Nature Trail for individuals in wheelchairs or who use walkers. This trail winds through an open meadow where native grasses and abundant birdlife can be found. Animal Hall and the Outdoor Birds of Prey display cases show a varied collection of "species ambassadors" that are housed by Earthplace because they can't be released due to their injuries. Retrace your steps to the junction of Rte. 33 and proceed straight onto Rte. 1 to the center of Westport.