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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 26 things to do in Newburyport Features Animals
Newburyport, MA
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This very large wildlife refuge is a terrific location to photograph birds of all kinds. It is also... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Natural beauty at the beach

This is a must-see if you enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, the beach, etc. Suggest arriving early, as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Merrimack, New Hampshire
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This very large wildlife refuge is a terrific location to photograph birds of all kinds. It is also a sanctuary, and it seems that the birds know this, as the site is teeming with different species of birds. Will certainly visit again before the end...More

Thank SilverBean925
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see if you enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, the beach, etc. Suggest arriving early, as they only let so many people in at a time. Unless you hike or bike in. It's about six miles to the end at Sandy Beach (which is...More

1  Thank stoja17
Reviewed 1 week ago

Long drive on Plum Island to get to the end. Becomes a dirt road. Many of the parking lots were closed. Some due to Piper Plover Nesting, so that was understandable. Lots of green head flys, so really couldn't be outside for long.

Thank MTCE98
Reviewed 1 week ago

On a busy weekend, there was ample parking, rest room facilities and a walkway to the beach that made for easy walking. Away from the crowds of the more public beaches, it was a nice respite on a sunny afternoon. I was able to snag...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Great place to go for a walk. Peaceful but bring bug spray! There's beach access from the parking lots.

1  Thank CrisFM7
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We drove down through, you can hear the birds. We didn't go onto the paths, but some were closed. If you park in parking lot, you can walk to the beach. People fishing, swimming, playing games. Nice area. Its 5.00 a car ( more for...More

Thank luvnyc76
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

We came from California and are riding bikes. Yesterday was a dreary, rainy day. We rode out here and you can hear the birds! It was beautiful and peaceful. Some walks were closed. Probably really nice on a clear day, but more crowded. Glad we...More

1  Thank JimW551
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Visiting this area for the first time. Hope to return. The visitor centre was excellent with interactive activities for children and quiet area with wi fi and library.

Thank AnnfromSheringham
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Captain John Smith, in his fanciful 1616 map of the area he named New England, took note of this area north of "Cape Anna" (Cape Ann) and described it as "excellent habitation." Fortunately, it still is for a myriad of birds on the Eastern Seaboard's...More

1  Thank William M
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We went here to look at nature and some small nature walks with my 5 1/2 year old daughter. It was early Spring so things were still bare but it's still a beautiful area. It was a warm Spring day, you should be aware of...More

1  Thank Twennberg
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Karen B
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
25 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
9 July 2015|
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Response from Gscriven | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of the location of the reading nook, but we walked every trail in the park except the Bird Blind trail as the small parking lot was always full. I think the reading nook may be located at the park headquarters and... More