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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. Click here for Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium hours.
Acres: 28
Trails: Less than 1 mile
Trail Difficulty: Easy. ADA certified accessible trail and boardwalk.

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.

Dogs are prohibited. Click here to learn why and review other trail guidelines.

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 and Aquarium, Programs, Snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, Restroom, ADA certified accessible trail and boardwalk
  • ADA certified accessible trail and boardwalk are comprised of hard-packed crushed stone and a wooden boardwalk.
  • 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, or click here to learn more!

Using the Trails: Refuge Guidelines

All Audubon Society of Rhode Island land is protected. Our public wildlife refuges are for everyone to enjoy. Please respect the natural habitats of Audubon's refuges and avoid disturbing their inhabitants. Also, respect the rights of others when using the trails.

In order to ensure that these areas remain as healthy habitats, we ask you please to abide by these simple rules, enjoying the natural settings with quiet enthusiasm and a respectful sense of adventure. By conserving these open spaces, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, along with its members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Rhode Island.

To accomplish this, we kindly request the following: