Parker River Wildlife Refuge
Stretching down the length of Plum Island, the refuge was established to provide a safe place for birds to rest, feed, and nest, and it remains one of the best spots on the North Shore for birdwatching. But if feathered friends aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to love in the stunning natural beauty as well as opportunities for paddling, photography, educational events, and hiking.
6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, 978-465-5753, fws.gov/refuge/Parker_River
Watch farm animals graze outside a historic barn, roam through marshes and orchards on the trails that meander the 165-acre property, or simply lay out a picnic and enjoy the bucolic surroundings. Endicott Park is one of the most popular outdoor destinations on the North Shore and it amply deserves this status.
57 Forest St., Danvers, 978-774-6518, danversma.gov/departments/endicott-park