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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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Western Mass
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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Avon, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have visited many times. Great for bird watching and photography. The greenhead flies die off around mid-August, but as long as you wear bug spray they are manageable.

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Canterbury, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited on a weekend and expected congestion and traffic but, although it was busy, traveling along the dirt roads through the park was pleasant. At this time of year you must beware the greenhead flies (horse flies) - - they are nasty, aggressive and deliver a painful bite. We climbed the observation platforms for great viewing opportunities, the beaches... More

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Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is what a true natural beach and conservation area is. Many bike trails and lots of wildlife to see. This is an inspirational place just by its simple natural beauty. Enjoy the beach limited parking for visitors, but worth the try. Unfortunately about 4 miles of the beach have been blocked off to the pubic no explanations given, just... More

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Bangalore, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Palm Island, an unexciting small habitat, Parker River National Wild Life Refuge - Another story, explore the long winding, light to steep sloping boardwalks through the woods and to beach, climb steps up and down the boardwalks, occasional glimpses of some local birds: Very invigorating! Unexpected that it was!! Number of small and big parking lots at boardwalk points. All... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is an amazing place for bird watching and enjoying nature. The most famous spot is the parking lot #4, where the observation deck is. However, the entire 6 mile stretch is beautiful. I saw a lot of folks biking with their kids. It was little overcast day, however I was able to capture beautiful sunset and bird photographs. I... More

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Saratoga Springs, NY
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My review is for the Visitor Center only. Specifically the "volunteer" staffing the desk on the afternoon of June 28. I approached the desk - she would not look up. After standing there for a while, I said "excuse me, we'd like to purchase a pass to view the refuge." She literally snorted and said "You people make me laugh.... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Come to Plum Island's Parker River NWR during winter & you will be amazed by the arctic visitors that causes traffic jams over here. The beautiful hunting machines will provide some magic moments & if you are an early bird you will be rewarded with those moments first hand. During spring/summer this turns into a place for ospreys & plovers... More

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N. Reading, MA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was a great winter to see snowy owls at Parker River Parker River is a great place to visit any month out of the year.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Great for bird watching and seeing all sorts of wildlife. Many trails to walk, and educational opportunities. Natural beauty at it's best.

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