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Norman Bird Sanctuary

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Address: 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI 02842
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+1 401-846-2577
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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Birthday Party at Norman Bird Sanctuary!

It is absolutely gorgeous and fun hiking, my 6 year old son LOVES coming here. We got a family membership and it is worth it. We had our son's latest birthday party here and it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bristol, Rhode Island
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Bristol, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is absolutely gorgeous and fun hiking, my 6 year old son LOVES coming here. We got a family membership and it is worth it. We had our son's latest birthday party here and it was wonderful. The staff member who led the activities (hike, crafts, and live animal encounter) was nice, great with kids, organized, the kids loved all... More 

Thank taramc444
NormanBirdSanctuary, Public Relations Manager at Norman Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for hosting your party at NBS! We are so glad that the kids had fun and that the grown-ups got to relax. We like to think that NBS is a sanctuary for humans as well, so were happy that you found some beauty and tranquility while learning a thing or two! More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Fantastic place for an afternoon outdoors with family. Multiple animals and beautiful scenery. Inexpensive and an excellent experience.

Thank David T
NormanBirdSanctuary, Director of Special Events at Norman Bird Sanctuary, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed your afternoon! NBS is a natural treasure with something new to discover every visit. Hope to see you back again soon! More 

Middletown, Rhode Island
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

325 acres of a wide variety of habitats provide a tranquil setting for walking, bird watching, or just communing with nature. There of miles of trails through woods, fields, marshes and ridge lines offering an almost never ending change of scene and experiences. One trail ends atop the Hanging Rock, a prominent, frequently photographed that features in the works of... More 

Thank jwoodhome
Middletown, Connecticut
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60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We hiked the trails here, some were challengingly but worth the effort. We didn't see many birds, but enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. A nice alternative to the cliff walk when the crowds are dense there.

Thank Sue C
Stuart, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Josh and Dad climbed to the end of hanging rock. First time for Josh to go there. Dad grew up in the area, was there all the time, as a kid. Staff is very informative and on the right day you can be involved in some special events.q

Thank ebotelho
United States
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Great way to start the day, or come for a sunset photo op over St. Georges/ second beach...the paths are sturdy for using a cane or walking sticks.

Thank Underhill_VTfromVT
Newport, Rhode Island
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Lots of room to let the young ones run wild!! Safe and well maintained make it a family favorite. We especially love the frog pond!

Thank InstrinsicScholar
Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Check in at the visitor's building & pay a fee (I think it was $6 per person). You get a map & explanation of the various hiking trails. We kept it simple & didn't try to hike to Hanging Rock. Our hike was relatively easy although you have to be mindful of exposed rocks & tree roots. It was a... More 

Thank 303lyn
Oxnard, California
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The beginning of the trail is a nice gravel path. The signage is very poor. Caretakers, please take my $6 entrance fee and buy a can of spray paint and write directions on the blank pieces of wood nailed to the trees. Caution. There are some sections that are very rocky and steep, and slippery due to gravel, leaves and... More 

Thank Elizabeth A
Walpole, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2016

It was a very hot day, and as a senior citizen, how I wish they had benches to stop and sit and rest. Only one that I saw on a trail, and it was sloped down towards the ground, not level. Even the building/gift shop did not have a bench. Benches outside in the sun. Sturdy shoes for walking, and... More 

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