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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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So - a wildlife refuge - how much can you say. If you are into the ocean, sand dunes, sea birds, et al, this is a wonderful spot. If you are able-bodied, park and walk - boardwalk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

So - a wildlife refuge - how much can you say. If you are into the ocean, sand dunes, sea birds, et al, this is a wonderful spot. If you are able-bodied, park and walk - boardwalk over the dunes to the shore, and up and down on the sand. But if you're not, like my friend, then pull over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Parker River wild life is a wonderful place for everyone including children. There are many activities available throughout the year one can rent kayak in town and take them down the river into the marsh one just have to plan the tide schedule. Also there are bird watching excursions there is a an autobahn society with many educational courses... More 

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I grew up on the North Shore and it wasn't until several years ago that a friend introduced me to the magic that is Plum Island. As a child we would go to Crane Beach which is always packed with ridiculous parking rates, and while parking may be cheaper at closer beaches, again there are the crowds or impossible parking.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I was here many tears ago and on my most recent trip to New England, I made sure I put this Refuge on my list. This is a "Bird Nerd's" paradise as well as a jewel for anyone who loves salt marshes and their unique ecosystems. Board walkways will take you through the marshes as well as into the sand... More 

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Byfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you have never seen salt marshes this is the place to come. Beautiful, stunning scenery and wildlife abound. I live in the area and we have been coming here for years. Always something new to see.

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is a hidden gem... hidden in that this large park is right on the ocean but you have to know it is there - you won't likely just happen to drive by it. To locate, you need to drive through downtown Newburyport and out the east side, heading toward the ocean. The long barrier beach offers several white sand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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

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

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