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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 26 things to do in Newburyport Features Animals
Newburyport, MA
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Birding Trip

Visiting this area for the first time. Hope to return. The visitor centre was excellent with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sheringham, United Kingdom
All about the birds . . .

Captain John Smith, in his fanciful 1616 map of the area he named New England, took note of this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
William M
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting this area for the first time. Hope to return. The visitor centre was excellent with interactive activities for children and quiet area with wi fi and library.

Thank AnnfromSheringham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain John Smith, in his fanciful 1616 map of the area he named New England, took note of this area north of "Cape Anna" (Cape Ann) and described it as "excellent habitation." Fortunately, it still is for a myriad of birds on the Eastern Seaboard's...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here to look at nature and some small nature walks with my 5 1/2 year old daughter. It was early Spring so things were still bare but it's still a beautiful area. It was a warm Spring day, you should be aware of...More

Thank Twennberg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were checking out Plum Island area and stumbled upon the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a very pleasant and very easy walk. Nothing strenuous, but beautiful to behold.

Thank AbrahamLincolnCPA
Reviewed 13 April 2017

There are many boardwalk trails that take you directly into close observation of nesting birds and signs of other wildlife abound. Once you are in there, you lose a sense of contact with the crazy world of stress and busy schedules, to breathe in deeply...More

Thank elg824
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a place to visit almost the entire year. In the summer, if you get there early enough to get your car in, you can walk the boardwalks to the beach and enjoy the sun and water. In the...More

Thank Timnl2015
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area and have a few hours to kill, this is a nice place to do so. Nice views and walks through the dunes.

Thank William O
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Located on Plum Island, the reserve is a 10 minute drive from downtown Newburyport. There are several parking lots spread along the 7 mile stretch with modern rest stop just inside the main gate. You can bike or drive along the mostly paved roadway as...More

Thank jimf01922
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Took advantage of the record warmth of late February to check out the beaches and birdlife on Plum Island. Started by driving down to the Sandy River parking lot at the end and was amazed to find the beach wider than we had ever seen....More

Thank Callisto S
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great time visiting Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This place is huge. There are 7 different parking areas giving you access to either beach front areas or marsh areas. We visited 4 of them. The hellcat area has some fun boardwalk trails...More

Thank Frankc4261
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Karen B
Do you allow small (10) weddings in the refuge. Just for the vows
4 March 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
Are we able to walk animals there in Sept.?
26 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
What building is the reading nook in? We have stayed several times and never seen it! Looks like a great spot!
10 July 2015|
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Response from Gscriven | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of the location of the reading nook, but we walked every trail in the park except the Bird Blind trail as the small parking lot was always full. I think the reading nook may be located at the park headquarters and... More