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“$5 day trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Newburyport
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Owner description: 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.
Seabrook, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“$5 day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Excellent adventure. Spent the afternoon exploring different spots. Walked along both trails at location number 4. Beach is very pretty at Emerson rocks location 7. During summer I would recommend bug spray. Good trip for only $5.

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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204 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“"Beach Bum Time"”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

most of the time the entire Wildlife refuge beaches are closed. A shame because of the great expense of taxpayers money that was spent of 10 or more wooden walkways built for people to enjoy the beach. This is insane behavior when 6 miles of beach is closed because of a few birds nesting. Other places along the coast protect the endangered areas and allow people to enjoy the beaches. In my opinion nature is a survival life. Birds and eggs are destroyed by other animals. Very few, if any are destroyed by human beings. You can travel through the wildlife refuge and go to the beaches on the end of the refuse that belong to the state. It is next to impossible to get a parking spot unless you are there around 8 a m on a good sunny day.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank critic49
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Evansville, Indiana
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51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great beaches, didn't see much wildlife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

It was cold and raining a bit the day I visited, at just about closing time. Drove until I came to road closed barriers, then turned around and hit the beach area, awesome beach area, and found many nice shells to pick up for souvenirs for my kiddos!

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Brian P
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Stuart, Florida
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Escape to quite beaches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

Long and secluded beaches are at the end of miles of quiet road where bird watches abound. Take the road to the end and you will find some of the most scenic North Shore waterfront.

The refuge is managed by the Park Service and there is a fee for entry.

Visited November 2013
Thank David S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful, even in winter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Took and afternoon walk through some of the trails in the park. It was just a few days after a big storm, but there had been plenty of foot traffic so the trails were pretty well packed. Might want to bring your gaiters or tall boots though. Lots of bird watchers and by the time we left it had gotten quite busy! Worth the trip for the scenery.

Visited January 2014
Thank Kristin O
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