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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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Absolutely beautiful

I've lived in Mass my whole life and never visited this beautiful refuge. Although some of the people visiting are kind of snobby, don't let that detract you from visiting the... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2016

I've lived in Mass my whole life and never visited this beautiful refuge. Although some of the people visiting are kind of snobby, don't let that detract you from visiting the beautiful beaches and trails. Definitely want to go back soon.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2016

Great place to go for a hike, to the beach or to go fishing for the day. There are dunes, salt water marshes, a nice beach & good fishing. Also if you like wildlife and bird watching it is a great place to visit.

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Newburyport
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4 reviews
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Dunes, marshes, good beaches, good fishing, wildlife and birding, a perfect southern New England unspoiled barrier island.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Get the season pass! Only $20 and you can come and go all season! Wonderful place to explore and be with nature.

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Holden, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a amazing afternoon, walking on the beach and was amazed to see a snowy owl. Beautiful, clean and very well maintained sanctuary. We recommend this place to anyone that is looking forward to Relax.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2016

I visit here often. Beautiful and secluded. A wonderful opportunity to see amazing s and numerous birds. Clean and well taken care of. Bring you bicycle and ride along the 8 miles of serenity.

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Somerville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2016

I visited here with family. We had an enjoyable walk along some trails and on a beach during a mild January afternoon. We saw a few birds. We also enjoyed seeing the patterns in the sand caused by the tide going out.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

This has miles and miles of low land nature. Great for family, couples and anyone who needs to chill. Great beaches and nature walks Great for proposing to your future wife as I did on 1/11

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2016 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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