The Cheap New England Traveler Blog is a blog of VisitingNewEngland, a web site that features real New England travel stories told by a lifelong local.

Subscribe to The Cheap New England Traveler Blog

Parker Wildlife Refuge Offers Nature’s Paradise in Newburyport, Mass.

Share this New England story on

Parker Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport MA. Photo credit: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region:
Parker Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region:

If you love peace and quiet at a coastal destination, Parker Wildlife Refuge at Plum Island in Newburyport, Mass., comes across loud and clear as a premier spot.

Five dollars a car and $2 for walkers or bike gets you access to a true nature’s paradise.  Ideal for wildlife observation and photography, fishing and shellfishing, canoeing or kayaking, Parker Wildlife Refuge’s setting is spectacular with 4,662 acres of beach, dunes, a cranberry bog, fresh water marsh, and maritime forest.  Bird watching is particularly popular at Parker Wildlife Refuge, whether at the observation towers or by walking the boardwalks or trails. More than 350 species of bird have been reported here!

We recommend starting your visit at the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center, located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike. The Visitors Center features information about “piping plover recovery, invasive species, migratory birds (including an indoor bird observation area), salt marshes and much more.”  For more information on the Parker Wildlife Refuge, we recommend logging onto Here, you can also learn more about permits, passes and policies.

Parker Wildlife Refuge is located only 35 miles north of Boston, but you’ll feel like you’re thousands of miles away!

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like reading:
Visiting Walden Pond in Concord MA
Free and low-cost scenic walks
A walk through Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass.
A trip to Newburyport MA

Follow us on social media
Share this New England story on

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *