Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Tpk.Newburyport, MAPhone: 508-465-5753
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge provides feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. Located on the barrier beach of Plum Island, the refuge is comprised of more than 4,700 acres of sandy beach and dune, cranberry bog, maritime forest and shrub land, and freshwater marsh.
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). The refuge visitor center has exhibits, an auditorium with an introductory video about the refuge, and a gift shop.
So many creatures featured in the many environments of this zoo
From snow leopards and black bears to kookaburras and roadrunners, the wildlife at the Stone Zoo reflects the immense variety of the natural world. Start with the special exhibit highlighting efforts to bring back the whooping crane from the edge of extinction, travel on to the Sierra Madre to see cougars, and jaguars; watch the colobus monkeys in their high perches in the Treetops and Riverbeds environment; admire the two-toed sloth in Windows to the Wild and two black bear brothers in the Yukon Creek. In an Animal Discovery Center, children can see an active honeybee hive; in the nature play area, they can climb into an oversized bird’s nest. Check out available zookeeper chats or mystery animal encounters.
Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Refuge RoadIpswich, MAPhone: 508-462-4481
Beautiful barrier island and ocean beach for walking, birdwatching
This barrier island and ocean beach at the end of Sandy Point are a beautiful place for walking and observing nature, particularly the aquatic bird life. The piping plover and least tern make their home and nest here. Visitors must enter through the adjacent Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Parking lots are available. Pedestrians may enter the beach but muse avoid fenced areas to protect birds and dunes. Open sunrise to sunset.
Sea views; bird watching; good for walking and picnics
Beautiful property above the Atlanic and Ipswich Bay. Enjoy watching shore birds and exploring wildflower areas. This was formerly a granite-quarrying area. On summer weekends, tours of the quarry are offered; these include a demonstration of granite cutting. There are wildflower walks and tide pool education programs in the summer and bird observation tours in the winter.
See full description Halibut Point State Park.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Weir Hill RoadSudbury, MAPhone: 978-443-4661
At this sanctuary, visitors can enjoy nine miles of hiking trails, in addition to lectures and other programs in a renovated horse barn.
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Route 117, South Great RoadLincoln, MAPhone: 617-259-9807
Visitors to this nature preserve will enjoy hiking trails, live farm animals and hayrides. During the winter season sleighrides are offered.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Perkins RowTopsfield, MAPhone: 508-887-9264
10 miles of trails and an observation tower are set in this natural preserve.
98 Essex RoadIpswich, MAPhone: 508-356-0216
Nature center focusing on the American gray wolf, its role in the ecosystem and the environment around it. There is an admission charge.