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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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A Great Escape from the Maddening Crowd

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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278 reviews 278 reviews
49 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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Boston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A birders paradise during migrations, and the longest stretch of unspoiled beach I know in Massachusetts. But the critters rule, from birds to bugs, so not for casual beachgoers.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

When the entire family seems to be on each other....get'em over to this beautiful ocean park. Fun for all ages.

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Winsted, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited Parker River the first week of May and were just amazed by the spring warbler migration. I have never seen so many different varieties, en masse in one place. It was truly spectacular. Don't forget there's also salt marshes, sand dunes, and the sea shore, so one could never get bored. This visit will always be a treasured... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Beautiful location with great combination of beach and salt marsh environments. The bird watching is a huge draw.mi have seen cranes, herons, egrets, and snowy owls and more. Good locations to pull off and get out of the car or off the bike and explore. Most of the Beach areas can be closed off in mid summer for plover nesting,so... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The area itself is very nice however it does feel very restrictive and negative. There was a sign at the gate saying the furthest parking lot was full, although we found there were several spaces available. The majority of spaces in the parking lots were closed. The leaflet we were given listed everything you weren't allowed to do, but provided... More 

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Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went to Plum Island (Parker River Refuge) to watch birds, but I guess I should have done more research - all we saw was a couple of turkeys, a pair of swans, and a few Black ducks. We did enjoy a nice lunch on the beach. Only a small section of their expansive beach was open, though, due to... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This is the most lovely place on earth! A quiet and spread out sanctuary for wildlife. If you are visiting the area this is NOT to be missed! The dune walk and marsh walk are spectacular. Great for people of all ages.

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

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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