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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Newburyport, MA
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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 dazzling view of the Ipswich bay saltmarsh and sand dunes!

This is one of my favorite places to go year round. If you enjoy wildlife and strolling through marsh and sand dunes, this is the place. The spring and fall migration of birds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of my favorite places to go year round. If you enjoy wildlife and strolling through marsh and sand dunes, this is the place. The spring and fall migration of birds is not to be missed. Make sure you stop at the visitor center prior to you visit to the island and get some tips from the rangers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a mild February day (50 degrees) no snow. By lot 2 saw a bald eagle sitting on a tree. Many Hawks and ducks. But the elusive snowy owl was hiding. If you stay till 3 pm other owls prowl the marshes. We went on a Tuesday so less crowded. There are restrooms by hellcat dike and other spots.... More 

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1 Thank Ssc3201
Queens, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of birds to view, even on a raw, windy January day. Saw a variety of raptors and water birds, including a peregrine falcon perched on an osprey nest.

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Red Hook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

If you like beaches and birding and nature, this is the place to be and be seen. About a mile or more before you reach the entrance to the park, there is a visiting center. There you will learn about how this refuge came about and what it has to offer. The volunteer staff is very helpful and courteous, too!... More 

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Milford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

A quick drive through the park was enjoyable, with the beauty of the stark landscape and the quiet of the marshes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Parker River National wild life sanctuary IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. With six miles of pristine beach, trails and lookouts one has the opportunity to site over 350speciaes of birds including Snowy Owls. They have excellent facilities where presentations are regularly mad such as the half day event about Snowy Owls earlier this year. in addition to birds, the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

If you are a birder you can't help but to be impressed, but for those of us who just want to be out walking in nature, this area can be irritating. Due to the Piping Plover nesting, almost all of the beach is closed from June - mid August (yet Plovers have been found nesting in very crowded beach areas?).... More 

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1 Thank dpinto100
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This really is a wonderful place to explore anytime of year. My favorite is the spring before the season gets busy. There is nice beaching, walking, biking, bird watching, relaxing...great for couples, kids, families, elderly, young people. No one will be disappointed here!

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I live close to Parker River so I have the great advantage of being able to visit it many times. It is only in multiple excursions that you can see the variety of plants and wildlife, especially the birds, in all of their different seasons. Go once and you may see something interesting but just as likely you'll be disappointed.... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Every time I visit the refuge, I am reminded how lucky I am to live so close to such an incredible natural resource. The birding is incredible if you are into that. I just go to enjoy the landscape and take in the natural beauty of the area.

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