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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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Great Viewing

Sanctuary offers a wide variety of environments; fields, brush, forest, swamp and salt marsh. Trails are set up to allow great viewing from the ground level or above as ridge top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chuck K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sanctuary offers a wide variety of environments; fields, brush, forest, swamp and salt marsh. Trails are set up to allow great viewing from the ground level or above as ridge top trails take you above the canopy. Nice visitor center, too.

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Thank Chuck K
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful place to go relax and be one with nature. I saw about six or seven different bird species while here. It is nice to stop by the pond and wait for them to fly past. There were some wild turkeys walking along one of the trails, and there is also a chicken coupe! In addition to... More 

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Thank Erin G
Storrs, Connecticut
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The birding at Norman Bird Sanctuary is less than desirable, at least during June. There are many Swallows, but few of any other interesting birds. It is always on a list of sites to see for birders, but, I am not impressed. The grounds are kept comparatively well, but, nothing to write home about. I found nothing extraordinary at this... More 

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Thank Tom H
Middletown, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Went over with the kids we had a great time , kids was running around looking at the birds, wife fell in love with me again whoops.

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Thank Jibarote
Tamworth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The trails are well marked and there is a variety of scenery, from woodlands to ponds, to meadows. Besides birds, we also came across a deer very close up. The staff was very helpful in directing us where to go based on what we wanted to see.

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Thank Kathi B
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times. The educational programs they offer are fantastic - only $8 for members and $10 for non-members. A household membership is only $65 and is the best deal! 7 1/2 miles of trails of all sorts, meadow, rocks, forest, ridges (hanging rock). The naturalists are more than willing to help you out and speak with... More 

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Thank roddyRI
Middletown, Rhode Island
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

I have been there many times for the Harvest Fair, but have never taken the time to walk the trails. What a treat, there are many well marked trails for different walking levels and all of these are just beautiful. Whoever is responsible for the maintenance of this vast place should pat themselves on the back for a job that... More 

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Thank Eleanor02842
Brooklyn, New York
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93 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This is a great spot to visit if you enjoy outdoor activities, with many trails to wander. I think the entrance fee is a bit pricey, but at least it supports a nice place. Definitely try the Hanging Rock trail, going all the way to the end for the phenomenal beach overlook.

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Thank JohnPMcC
Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Beautiful space to hike and take pictures. one of many places suggested by our hotel and it was a great place to take a bag lunch and explore. Only wish it were bigger.

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Thank T S
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

My husband and I traveled in from Pennsylvania for my cousins wedding and we were delighted with everything, The property was perfect for a wedding a reception in one.

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