North of Boston/Merrimack Valley are home to nature and science centers
149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA, 02180 Phone: 617-541-5466
Discover animal wonders from around the world
Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Refuge Road Ipswich, MA Phone: 508-462-4481
Beautiful barrier island and ocean beach for walking, birdwatching
Off Dock Street Rockport, MA Phone:
Robert S. Peabody Foundation for Archaeology
Phillips Academy, Phillips and Main Streets Andover, MA Phone: 508-364-4201
Gott Avenue Rockport, MA Phone: 508-546-2997
Sea views; bird watching; good for walking and picnics
See full description Halibut Point State Park.
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Route 117, South Great Road Lincoln, MA Phone: 617-259-9807
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Weir Hill Road Sudbury, MA Phone: 978-443-4661
Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Tpk. Newburyport, MA Phone: 508-465-5753
Visitors can drive the 6.5 mile long Wildlife Drive and view a variety of habitats including salt marsh, dune, and maritime forest. The Hellcat Interpretive Trail boardwalk includes both a marsh and dune loop. A number of other boardwalks provide access to the refuge’s ocean beach. Note: beaches are closed April 1 through late summer to protect piping plovers). Two observation towers, the handicap accessible Pine Trail, the Bill Forward Bird Blind, and a number of other wildlife viewing areas provide places to see the refuge and its animals.
The refuge visitor center is open every from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It has exhibits, an auditorium with an introductory video about the refuge, and The Plover’s Nest gift shop. Refuge map.
98 Essex Road Ipswich, MA Phone: 508-356-0216
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Perkins Row Topsfield, MA Phone: 508-887-9264