From I-95, Northbound or Southbound take Exit 19 (Playland Parkway) to Playland. If you are a member of the sanctuary, your barcoded membership card will allow you to open the yellow automatic gate in the LEFT lane at the ticket booths at Playland’s main entrance. Continue driving to the back right side of the main parking lot by the Dragon Coaster ride. You’ll see another automatic gate. Scan your card again, and continue straight down the road into the sanctuary. Manursing Lake is on the left and Long Island Sound and Kayak Launch area are on the right. There is a parking area in front of the nature center. Note: Please do not park on the grassy areas. See our google map insert for more detailed directions.
Non-members will have to pay Playland’s entrance fee, park in their lot, and walk down the road to the sanctuary when Playland is in operation.
Sanctuary Rules are for your safety and the protection of our wildlife. Thank you for joining the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary! The 179-acre sanctuary offers 3-miles of walking trails, access to 1/4-mile of the Long Island Sound shoreline, and a nature center that offers educational programming and interactive nature education exhibits. Membership dues support ongoing improvements and enhancements for visitors and wildlife.
Here are a few of the things you can enjoy and explore while visiting the sanctuary: