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Norman Bird Sanctuary

583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842
401/846-2577
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Middletown
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
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Herndon, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Unlike other reviewers, we came here for a corporate event, and our visit was limited to dinner. As we arrived, a host was waiting for us at the parking lot. We were taken to our venue right away. As we got in the door, the staff were ready and lined up with drinks and snacks. All in all, excellent planning... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Hanging Rock, on grounds of Norman Bird Sanctuary is not where hangings took place but a promontory overlooking Second Beach and a portal to another dimension. Located on land once owned by Abe Lincoln's g.g.g.g.grandfather, over the centuries it was frequented and inspired philosophers, theologians, artists, writers like George Berkeley, Channing, Wm & Henry James, John LaFarge, Wm. t. Richards,... More

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We go to the Normal Bird Sanctuary over and over. There is an education center, a small gift shop and short trails. It is educational, fun and you can get exercise. A great place for a short family outing.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We are regular goers of the Norman Bird Sanctuary's annual "Birds & Breakfast" each year, & choose to regularly invite several friends to join us as our guests. It's a 'rite-of-passage' of sorts... a celebration of Spring's coming. There are several 'breakfast seatings' to accommodate the attendees... & guided 'bird-walks' every few minutes... combined with breathtaking views out over the... More

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Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This sanctuary has miles of trails in their rocky woodland and other areas. This year we found a nice number and variety of fruit-eating birds. Last year we hiked one of the ridges, enjoying the views. There is an entrance fee.

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love the woodsy trails and woodland pond, and especially the panoramic view of Sachuest Beach from the top of Hanging Rock.

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MA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Helpful woman at the welcome center who gave us recommendations on what trail to do. Trails are not difficult. We did the hanging rock trail . One area is a little rocky but fine if you have sneakers or hiking shoes. Top of the trail overlooks the ocean and is beautiful. Would be niceto bring a picnic lunch and enjoy... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I love bird sanctuaries and walking trails and while this one has a modest trail fee of six dollars, it still isn't worthwhile. Trails aren't marked - actually they are barely trails - difficult to walk on - just barely a path into the woods. While there is staff on hand to help out - try and get two words... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The walk at the nature center is well worth it. A well marked trail up to Hanging Rock with a perfect view of the Second Beach; Sakonnet River and the Sachuest State Park. The trail requires good shoes (sneakers are ok) because there are two rock scrambles. Probably not good for very young children. The hike was well worth the... More

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New York
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

At the welcome center the young man who took our admission payment said that his favorite was the ridge trail. He said it would take us about 40 minutes. It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes, largely because there was a lot of climbing on rocks, up and down. Even so, it was a beautiful trail, and by the... More

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