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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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Newburyport, MA
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Beautiful Sanctuary

The birds were flying, the sky’s were so beautiful and blue. The park was so beautiful. I look... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lynn L
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My happy place

Wow what can I say about Parker River. It’s one of a kind. It’s the type of place 30 years from now... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parker river” (29 reviews)
“bird watching” (27 reviews)
“sandy point” (13 reviews)
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Newburyport, MA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The birds were flying, the sky’s were so beautiful and blue. The park was so beautiful. I look forward to bringing my grandmother. Everyone should visit! And don’t listen to the snarky comments about the beaches being closed. YES they are.... and yes they are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what can I say about Parker River. It’s one of a kind. It’s the type of place 30 years from now you will be telling someone “I’ve been going here for 30 years”. You go once...you’ll keep going. Peaceful. Clean. Quiet. Simply amazing. I...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018

If you want to experience unspoiled ocean beauty with no civilization in sight, this is the place to be, even in the off season. You'll feel like you must have traveled far and wide to get here but it's LOCAL!

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

If you come during the summer months, you will probably be frustrated by the tight crowd controls in place...but you will be incredibly grateful for those controls once you see what is being protected. This is a beautiful, unspoiled stretch of beach surrounded by tidal...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Loved walking the beach trails to see the gorgeous views of the beach. Be sure to drive all the way to the end as there are lots of different trails.

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Either early morning or after summer, and you have lots of space to move around and just enjoy some wild areas. If you go during the summer, you will have lots of friends. Great place to go birding...

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

This is a beautiful place with lots of birds to see. We went for a walk and saw for the first time wild turkeys on the salt marsh! We were staying by the marshes - it was incredibly relaxing and well worth the visit

1  Thank Donald1961
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

Very nice place with beaches and march lands. You pay $5 to enter. They give you a map showing you a road to drive down and different entrances to different sections of the beach. Some have parking, Some dont. The map tells you which ones...More

1  Thank Trapezegirl
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Unspoiled natural preserve. Drive all the way to the end to the state beach. Panoramic views. No services so bring umbrella and picnic lunch.

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

$20.00 gets you rights to come and go as you please for one entire season! Great find! Parker River offers so many wonderful things to do! Sit, beach comb, walk the many boardwalks among marshes and woods, bike ride. GREAT shells and sand-dollars. I always...More

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Karen B
4 March 2017|
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Response from Ron T | Reviewed this property |
Parker River admin contact: 978-465-5753, parkerriver@fws.gov
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njhebert58
25 September 2016|
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Response from FlossEm77 | Reviewed this property |
No pets on the refuge.
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sheabear4me
9 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
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