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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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This Place is for the Birds!- and people sometimes

6+ miles of beach is largely reserved for birds from April to early August- leaving just 2 miles for humans all year. Plenty. It's wonderful to walk or bike the roads, or drive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

6+ miles of beach is largely reserved for birds from April to early August- leaving just 2 miles for humans all year. Plenty. It's wonderful to walk or bike the roads, or drive along and stop for bird watching at the Salt Pannes. About mile 4 there is a wonderful dune walk and marsh walk. And there's a observatory tower... More 

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Byfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a great and beautiful spot to get some exercise and enjoy the outside. Its also very dog friendly

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Newbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is the most beautiful beach in my world! I have travelled to many carribean islands and Costa Rica and my hometown harbors the most beautiful beach especially when it is fully open which unfortunately is rare!

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Thank flukesandfinds
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been visiting this place all my life. It's a treasure. So glad this slice of nature has been preserved.

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Thank Dracaena
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 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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