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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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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great park located on Plum Island. it was nice seeing so many variety of birds there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 June 2016
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Essex, Massachusetts
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Essex, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great park located on Plum Island. it was nice seeing so many variety of birds there.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

We go all Summer, at least once a week, to the beaches and enjoy every minute. The beaches are natural so there's stuff in the sand, but that's nature. The ocean views are great and the sound of the waves and birds top it off.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

And well worth $5. There are beaches, there are trails, and many many birds. We didn't make it even close to everything and were there for 2 hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Make time for this. Get info online before you go. Kids love it. The whole family will love it. If the air is still bring bug spray. Drive or walk from place to place in the Refuge. Great and interesting visitor center. Like the title says "Wish i had more time".

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Home Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Just a super place--not so far from town and yet quiet, secluded, and, well, natural. The marshy-ocean presence leaves wonderful air and the flora and fauna at it's best. Leave a few hours to walk leisurely, stop often to look, listen, and smell, and enjoy. Have to make this an annual visit!

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Thank CaseyfromBoston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge offers stunning views of salt marshes and open ocean. It is a birders' mecca.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Great to visit all year round Good for birding and photography. People bike ride or walk. There is a fee for entrance

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Take a hike. Lots of wildlife and scenic views. Boardwalks or trails are easy and safe. Drive out to the point too, beautiful and natural beaches and marsh.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Lots of trails to explore. Wildlife is usually easy to spot. Local turkeys roam around. Great place for birding! Bring your camera and binoculars because you will never know what might show up! Great place for a family outing. Love this place!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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