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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Newburyport, MA
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Newburyport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: Covering 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats, this refuge was established to preserve the feeding, resting and nesting areas of migratory birds.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a must for anyone who is either in the area or who loves birds, dunes, boardwalks and the sea. Hellcat Swamp trail is the very best, and both the Audubon and Parker River Visitor Centers have great features without duplication.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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97 reviews 97 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We came to walk the long and splendid beach this Veterans' Day. It was a beautiful day, sun, sand and sparling ocean waves, white spindrift against the blue ocean and sky.. Sandpipers darted in and out of the waves. Lots of birders, nature trails. wow.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wonderful spot. Beaches are great - when you can get in. Except for the 1st parking lot, the beaches are closed from April thru August to protect the Plover Birds - it is a wildlife refuge after all. Some of the rangers missed their time in history - Nazi Storm Troopers would have been their dream job.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It was my birthday and the wife and I were trying to think of a nice walk near the beach. We read online that Plum Island has some nice trails through marsh with wildlife. We decided to take the drive through Newburyport, pay the $ 5.00 parking fee and the entrance gate and have a walk. It was well worth... More

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Portland, Maine
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208 reviews 208 reviews
39 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is by far one of my very favorite nature places. I've been coming here for many years. At best I now get here once a year, as I live in Maine, with no car. I made a recent visit while visiting my family in the area. The preserve is a wildlife sanctuary where one can... More

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Terryville, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Beautiful area . A lot of walking but boardwalks are very nice. Beach areas are very clean and sandy. Stay away from the beach area at the farthest point of Plum Island near the Merrimac River. People walk their dogs and the beach smells putrid. Shame. Such a nice island. Bob's Lobster also has great food.

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

1st day in the refuge we saw a huge eagle and many other shore birds. We kayaked the river trail and had fun riding the incoming tide.

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Delmar, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

We are not experienced birders but we were there in mid September on a gloriously sunny and warm day and saw tons of birds wherever we looked. We were there mid-day, too, which apparently isn't prime time for bird watching. We have been to several National Wildlife Refuges along the Atlantic Flyway at about the same time each year and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I really do love this beach, it is beautiful. However, the staff, volunteers, rangers, etc. and their pompous attitudes really ruin the experience. On our most recent visit, we asked the payment kiosk employees when the other parking lots would be open and basically got a death stare and attitude. We just asked a question. No need for an attitude.... More

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Located on the southern tip of plum island, the Parker river preserve is a great place to walk an unspoiled beach, fish for stripers and blues and observe birds of all sizes and shapes. The road into the reserve is fine for biking and walking, but be forewarned the last 4 miles are not paved, wider tired bikes are advised.... More

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