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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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Serene and Stunning

I came for the Hellcat Interpretive Trail, which has a marsh loop and a dune loop. All quiet expect for the birds. This is a wonderful preserve in a rich ecosystem. Through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

I came for the Hellcat Interpretive Trail, which has a marsh loop and a dune loop. All quiet expect for the birds. This is a wonderful preserve in a rich ecosystem. Through the morning I encountered rare shorebirds, turtles, a beaver dam, and a nice local person who let me share her spotting scope at one of the observation blinds.... More 

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Ruskin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Plenty of trails to walk and lots of wildlife to see. You can walk the trails on the marsh or walk the trails on the dunes to see the ocean views. Bird lovers will enjoy the trails. Lots of people walking, jogging and riding bikes on the main road.

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Canterbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Parker National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful park to visit. The visitor center is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers who will answer questions, make recommendations and explain the flora and fauna of the park. They are a wonderful resource so be certain to stop in and talk with them; you will get so much more out of your visit. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Parker River NWR is a great opportunity to see a seaside wildlife refuge. This is an outstanding location for bird watching. Call ahead to make sure the beach side is open (it closes for piping plover nesting). Your National Parks Pass will get you in for free.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This area is an exceptional place to visit at almost any time of year, don't try and bring your dog but do bring your curiosity, there are surprises around every corner and the boardwalks across the reeds gives you chances of seeing a wide variety of wildlife at each turn.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Beautiful way to spend a day with my camera and the birds. Very peaceful and easy to find solitude. One of my favorite places in the area.

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Manchester, Conn.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Such a lovely and relaxing spot! We got close-up views of finches, a red-winged blackbird, an egret, a turkey and orioles and saw ducks and swans at a distance. Many parking spots were blocked to minimize the impact on nesting birds. You follow one road about six miles to the end (the river is on the right going in, with... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a great refuge at any season. But don't plan on using it as an access to the beach during the breeding season for piping plovers. The beach access parking lots are all closed. Enjoy the birds and be sure to stop in the visitor center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Beautiful and stunning park with varied habitats. Great for bird-watching, nature walks, and enjoying a special and unique place. It's the Everglades of New England.

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I have been here many times before, and try to get here at least yearly. I came here with my sister, who'd been with me before many years ago. It is always a treat. If you don't possess a park pass, it's a reasonable $5.00 entry fee per vehicle, and the number of vehicles allowed in is restricted. Summer times... More 

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Address: Newburyport, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport

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