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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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Great Natural Barrier Island with Beaches and Wildlife

Great beaches feel remote. Two issues (1) Green Heads in the last two weeks of July first two weeks in August can be unbearable. (2) They close the majority of the beaches... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 April 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Great beaches feel remote. Two issues (1) Green Heads in the last two weeks of July first two weeks in August can be unbearable. (2) They close the majority of the beaches because of the piping plover. Call ahead to check these things out. Otherwise they are beautiful and clean sandy beaches. If you have small children beware there are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

After driving 1.5 hours to get here, the rangers said no dogs allowed. Couple other groups with dogs are also not allowed to get in. It ends up dogs are playing together not far from the entrance, which is not too bad. But I had long drive, why don't I just go to a dog park.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

A peaceful refuge for nature lovers - the beach is great for walking, but not recommended for surfing; the trails are short - more like a stroll, so not a destination for exercise; A+ bird watching; great for sunrise or sunset; if you have a dog, do not make the trip - they are absolutely not allowed in; if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Located along the Plumb Island Inlet near Newburyport, Mass, the Wildlife Refuge is a vast expanse of marshes that supports migratory birds. When you enter be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center for a good overview. The displays give information on the various birds that transit the park, staff members gladly answer questions and recommend activities based on your... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

We stopped first at the visitor's center, which is just before you hit Plum Island. They were friendly and helpful. They gave us a map, a list of birds we might see, helpful tips, and personal suggestions about where to stop. They also filled us in on the fact that the Refuge more or less closes from April until the... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Great for walking and seeing the bird life. Go in the summer when it is warm. Spend at least a few hours there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Plum Island as it is known by locals is a prime spot for birding and enjoying the unspoiled habitat. Go in the Spring and you will witness the migration of kinglets, plovers (from a safe distance), finches, waxwings and sea birds of many varieties. Keep your eyes open for wild turkeys walking along the main road. Or, just go to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

I've lived in Mass my whole life and never visited this beautiful refuge. Although some of the people visiting are kind of snobby, don't let that detract you from visiting the beautiful beaches and trails. Definitely want to go back soon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Great place to go for a hike, to the beach or to go fishing for the day. There are dunes, salt water marshes, a nice beach & good fishing. Also if you like wildlife and bird watching it is a great place to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Dunes, marshes, good beaches, good fishing, wildlife and birding, a perfect southern New England unspoiled barrier island.

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