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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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A favorite year-round

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
NorthShoreGal13
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Essex County, MA
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Essex County, MA
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Manchester, NH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great spot to see shorebirds, get a little exercise, and breathe the fresh salt air! Many places to explore along the single dead-end road. It turns to gravel partway down and that can be dusty especially with the windows down. Saw and got pics of a red-tail hawk, egrets, and lots of shorebirds. We went mid-week and it was not... More 

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Canterbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We love birding at Parker River in the fall. The summer tourists are gone and so are the green head flies. The plover nesting season is over so all the park areas are open to explore. The park is well maintained and has a wonderful visitors center staffed by friendly, knowledgable volunteers who guide you to the best spots ,... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Beaching, birding, bicycling and more; this federal reservation is the best in the Newburyport area. There are no life guards on the beach which may be closed during part of the summer for nesting birds but the reservation is still open for other activities. Beware of the biting greenhead flies that are present in July. Drop by the federal building... More 

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