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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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Lovely spot, but very few birds

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Happy_Camper_2004
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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107 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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