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Norman Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842
Phone Number: 401/846-2577
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching

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Lovely winter coastal hike

We took the ridge trail with 8 people in our group including three children ages 7, 10, and 12. It was a really nice Forrest walk up a fairly flat trail with sloping rock path... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
Brenda M
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We took the ridge trail with 8 people in our group including three children ages 7, 10, and 12. It was a really nice Forrest walk up a fairly flat trail with sloping rock path at the end. Solid footwear a must. The end point is a rocky outcropping looking over Gardiner's pond and second Beach. Probably took an hour... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We love the Sanctuary! They have many beautiful trails, our favorite is Hanging Rock where you can climb up out onto beautiful rocks and have a picnic as you overlook the ocean. The end of the hike is something on which to be watchful and careful. They host a lovely summer camp and programs through out the year.

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Herndon, Virginia
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23 helpful votes 23 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
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14 helpful votes 14 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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11 reviews 11 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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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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