Norman Bird Sanctuary
Middletown, RI 02842
With 300-plus acres of nature preserve and seven miles of trails, hikers are treated to all types of terrain, from open fields to forests. Come armed with binoculars to spot swallows and sparrows, not to mention eye-popping panoramas of the Sakonnet River and the ocean. Voted Best Nature Hike.
Best Ocean State Birding
Roosters to songbirds reside within this 300-acre sanctuary, with seven miles of trails crisscrossing the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. Four ridges provide views of the surrounding ocean and ponds, and there’s a museum with hands-on exhibits for little ones.
Maybe it’s the diversity of this 450-acre habitat — hay fields, trees, impressive rock formations — but passing from one to the other along seven miles of trail makes you feel like an explorer. And, then, icing on the cake, there are views — the Sakonnet River and the Atlantic Ocean. Regular guided bird and natural history walks. Open daily Memorial Day-Labor Day 9-5, Labor-Day-Memorial Day Tues.-Sun. 9-5; $4, seniors $3, children $2. 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, RI. 401-846-2577.