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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Newburyport, MA
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Newburyport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
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... more » 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. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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88 reviews 88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Queensbury, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Always see something amazing! If you continue on farther down the road you can pay $5 and drive down the coast bird watching and then park and walk to the ocean.

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Arlington Heights, IL
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I only had a short time here since I was traveling with my mom. Nonetheless, in a very brief walk from the parking lot at the end of the paved road, we saw over a dozen species of birds (for the record it was thirty minutes and about a 1/4 mile). This is a spectacular location for both spring and... More

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Westchester County NY
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you like birding and wide open spaces, beautiful beaches. Go. Now. Serene, green and incredible! Go in the early morning or at dusk for the best birding. On this visit we watched a harrier hunt at dusk, and saw 9 types of sandpiper water birds....

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Georgetown, Massachusetts
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96 reviews 96 reviews
40 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I absolutely love Parker River. It's a five mile peninsula with ocean on one side and river on the other. Most of the year it's practically deserted and they don't even man the guardhouse. There is a five dollar fee one pays on the honor system when no one is on duty. Nice bathrooms in the first parking lot, port... More

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Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This place is spectacular. We visited today for my first time ever! We stopped at the visitor center and spoke to a wonderful volunteer named Kate. She was informed and articulate as she told us about the various stops we'd make along the way. Upon entering the gate we purchased a Federal Duck stamp for $15 that would get us... More

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SW New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A birder's paradise and a beautiful place to ride a bike! A great beach awaits those who drive out to the tip of the reserve.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This spot is very nice for a bike ride, a walk along the road where you can do some birdwatching, or a walk on the beach. The beach areas are really nice and very clean, although they are not meant for the general public since parking is very limited. Lot 1 is the only one with plenty of spots, but... More

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Western Mass
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The woman at the Wildlife Center on Sunday morning at 9 am could not have been nicer, or more thorough in her advice to us and the orientation she gave us to the refuge.

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