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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
48 helpful votes 48 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Was visiting the area with a friend and she had heard about this place. So we drove out, paid our entrance fee and proceeded to spend a few hours exploring. We really liked walking the beach at the very end of the road. Very nice, scenic, and quiet. We saw wild turkeys along the road as well. Definitely worth going... More

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Milford, New Hampshire
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

A friend and I packed a picnic lunch and our binoculars and set off for a day's adventure on Plum Island, arriving there in the late morning. A Senior Pass to the National Parks was accepted for admission. We have been here before, but didn't do as thorough a job of exploration as we did on this visit. Although we... More

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Time well spent! Some of the views and vistas are stunning. There is an excellent fish shack on the way out there with excellent seafood in a picnic setting.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This was one of the first places I visited when trying to decide to move here. I loved it then and now. There are so many different things to see at every time of year! Different birds, scenic vistas, I hear there are other animals but I have not had the pleasure of meeting them yet and just beautiful beaches.... More

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Seabrook, New Hampshire
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Excellent adventure. Spent the afternoon exploring different spots. Walked along both trails at location number 4. Beach is very pretty at Emerson rocks location 7. During summer I would recommend bug spray. Good trip for only $5.

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