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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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Cold, Windy but Beautiful

We spent a lovely morning driving from stop to stop to enjoy the winter birding along the Parker River. It was chilly and windy, but really lovely in the Winter Sun.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a lovely morning driving from stop to stop to enjoy the winter birding along the Parker River. It was chilly and windy, but really lovely in the Winter Sun.

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Thank Grace S
Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach has trails and parks where you can walk off of the beach and into the woodsy areas around the refuge. Great for birdwatching and accessing a piece of solitude and quiet! Beach is quiet in the mornings and big enough to escape people. Parking lots fill up very quickly and once they do, you cannot access the refuge.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

When the kids are back in school and the weather is still beautiful Sandy Point is one of the most peaceful serene spots in NewEngland. On a clear day you can see Rockport to the sour and Maine to the North!

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Thank Paul F
Essex County, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is one of our favorite places to go year-round: the Atlantic on one side and marsh on the other; bird life, trails, and beaches all in a well-maintained wildlife refuge.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Maudslay State Park lies on the west side of Newburyport and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge lies on the east side. The two are very different and each is beautiful in its own way. The PRNWR takes up the southern half of Plum Island - a barrier island. The outside faces open Atlantic Ocean and the inside faces calm... More 

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Medfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Doesn't matter what time of year, this refuge is well worth visiting. You can drive a car, walk, ride a bike to various parts of the refuge. The long long long beach is dramatic. But don't forget 'the opposite side' of the refuge from the beach and lot #4. Nice walk out through a marsh with a fire observation tower... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Pristine beach, salt marsh, surf and bird watching. If you are in the area, it is a great place to visit. But beware, much of the area is closed during the breeding season for the Plovers an endangered bird species.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge's main unit is on Plum Island; a 7 mile long barrier beach facing the north Atlantic. In early spring, late summer, and early fall this is a mecca for migrating shorebirds. In the winter it's a great place to see the wild Atlantic and seabirds, especially ocean ducks. It's also a great place for spring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Took family from California to walk the beach. Good day for all and everyone was impressed by the scenery. Nice we no longer need to share the space with green heads and plovers. Too bad the Rangers can't figure out a way to keep track of people coming and going at Sandy Point. They turn many families away not paying... More 

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Vaterstetten, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We've stopped at this Park for a fast visit, but we didn't (unfortunately) visit the real area where the birds are living. The main house has a point center for visitors, and providing a few info (where to go on the park) and some telescopes that are fixed and pointing to a feeding area, in front of the house. In... More 

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