Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Bristol, Family Fun, Boardwalk, East Bay Bike Path, Nature Walk, Museum, Nature Center and Aquarium
The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium

Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge

and the Nature Center and Aquarium

Address: 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
Phone: (401) 949-5454
Hours: Refuge open sunrise to sunset. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium: 9 am - 5 pm daily May - October. Click here for winter hours.
Acres: 28
Trails: Less than 1 mile
Trail Difficulty: easy, handicapped-accessible trail

Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge Trail Map

The fields, woods, wetlands and winding boardwalk to the shore of Narragansett Bay present visitors to the Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge with a wide variety of habitats for nature study and observation. This property is also home to Audubon's award-winning Nature Center and Aquarium, where walks, shore programs, lectures and family events are offered year-round.

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: fields, forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, rocky shore
  • Wildlife to watch for: painted turtle, snapping turtle, frog, muskrat, fox
  • Birds commonly found: Osprey, Green Heron, Wild Turkey, Red-tailed Hawk
  • Offerings: Birdwatching, Summer Camps, Nature Center, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, Restroom
  • Features award-winning Nature Center and Aquarium
  • Boardwalk through fresh and saltwater marshes leads to Narragansett Bay
  • Pollinator Garden (new in 2018)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Located along the East Bay Bike Path with an access point to the trails and Nature Center
  • Available for birthday parties, weddings and facility rentals. Contact Anne DiMonti at or (401) 949-5454 x3116.

We encourage proper use of the refuge and stewardship of the gifts it offers us to enjoy.
The following are prohibited from the refuge: dogs, horses and other pets; picking or collecting of anything besides litter; picnicking or camping; all vehicles (including bicycles) beyond the parking lot; excessive noisemaking; and alcoholic beverages.