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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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I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I wanted to come check it out. Spent about 4 hours here. Can drive through and never get out of your car but you will be missing so much... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2016
Karen G
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Hudson, Massachusetts
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Hudson, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I wanted to come check it out. Spent about 4 hours here. Can drive through and never get out of your car but you will be missing so much. At the beginning there is access to a beach but I wanted to see what was beyond the beach parking area before... More 

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Have been going to Parker River since I was a child. Beautiful beach, nice boardwalks to look at wild life. Speed limit I believe is 20 MPH, which is perfect. You can see wildlife when driving.

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Newburyport MA
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Beautiful natural setting, great for bird watching and photography. Be sure to check the website during early summer months as some of the beaches are typically closed for piping plover nesting. I live nearby so the $20 annual membership is a steal. I've taken so many beautiful shots here. FYI: The first half of the reserve road is paved and... More 

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Atkinson, New Hampshire
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We went here for a few hours, but could easily have spent the day. There are many trails to walk and lots of birds to see. We will be going back again to enjoy another relaxing walk with nature. The best thing to do is to stop at the visitors center to get a feel for what there is to... More 

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Essex, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great park located on Plum Island. it was nice seeing so many variety of birds there.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

We go all Summer, at least once a week, to the beaches and enjoy every minute. The beaches are natural so there's stuff in the sand, but that's nature. The ocean views are great and the sound of the waves and birds top it off.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

And well worth $5. There are beaches, there are trails, and many many birds. We didn't make it even close to everything and were there for 2 hours.

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garden city
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

Make time for this. Get info online before you go. Kids love it. The whole family will love it. If the air is still bring bug spray. Drive or walk from place to place in the Refuge. Great and interesting visitor center. Like the title says "Wish i had more time".

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Reviewed 23 May 2016

Just a super place--not so far from town and yet quiet, secluded, and, well, natural. The marshy-ocean presence leaves wonderful air and the flora and fauna at it's best. Leave a few hours to walk leisurely, stop often to look, listen, and smell, and enjoy. Have to make this an annual visit!

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Thank CaseyfromBoston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge offers stunning views of salt marshes and open ocean. It is a birders' mecca.

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