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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Newburyport, MA
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Covering 4,662 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats, this refuge...
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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Great birding on a nice beach

Go early because the parking lot fills up fast. Great place to ride a bike and do some birdwatching or just walk on the beach. Don't forget to stop at Lobsta Bob's on your way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Granby, Massachusetts
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Granby, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Go early because the parking lot fills up fast. Great place to ride a bike and do some birdwatching or just walk on the beach. Don't forget to stop at Lobsta Bob's on your way back home for a tasty lobster roll made fresh. Stop in the Refuge gift store at headquarters for unique gifts and look at the exhibits.

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you like to bird watch, this is a great place to go. We have seen Snowy Owls, Eagles, Falcons and a lot of others. Even in the winter it's a great place to explore. Bring your camera.... we have even seen seals resting on the beach and the sides of the road.

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Jefferson, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is why we go to Newburyport! Very protected area for wildlife. Trails, birds, nature protected for miles.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A great hike and nice boardwalks by the ocean. Such pretty scenery and wild life all around. Definitely worth the hike and your time.

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Stowe, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a terrific place to go bird-watching, beach walking or kayaking. It's got a nice paved drive, and several short trails through the marsh. I was there in early December and even in the cold weather, it's a nice place to visit. This time of year, keep an eye out for Snowy Owls!

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Massachusetts
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Loved the boardwalked interpretive walk that loops through the dunes! The guide is extremely well written in highlighting the big picture about the ecological importance of the plant species in each section of the dunes. Some marvelous turkey sightings on the road and along the trail, too! And we loved watching the birdwatching humans watch the birds, from the experts... More 

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Newburyport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's just plain beautiful. the light is special and ever changing. The birds are plentiful. There's marsh, there's beach, there's river. And there's 8 miles of it.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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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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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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