Birds, Bird Feeding, Bird Watching, Family, What to do, Bristol, Rhode Island,

See it before it is eaten!
Made of over 500 pounds of solid birdseed, the Birdseed Palace is adjacent to Audubon’s new pollinator gardens. Over the summer, environmental artist Esther Solondz hopes the Birdseed Palace will attract a variety of birds and over time they will continue to return until the sculpture is totally eaten! Esther's work promotes interactions with the natural world. Other installations include The Hummingbird Palace (in Providence’s Lippitt Park) and The Bee Palace (in the Audubon Park Zoo in New Orleans).

The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. See our habitat displays.  Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay's marine life, visit our rare orange lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center's interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.

Situated on the 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, the Nature Center and Aquarium has walking trails with a ¼ mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. The refuge is along the East Bay Bike Path allowing bikers and walkers access to the refuge's natural beauty.

The Center offers guided tours, nature walks, special family programs and much more throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.


Many of Audubon's public programs and events take place at the Nature Center and Aquarium. Be sure to check our calendar frequently for program descriptions and registration. The Center can also host your school group or other community group privately.

Birthday Parties

At our Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol, your party can discover, learn, and explore on an adventure through our 28-acre outdoor classroom that reaches the shores of the Narragansett Bay.

Facility Rental

Centrally located just 30 minutes from both Newport and Providence, the Center offers gathering space for 10 to 300 guests and has won awards for both design and architecture...a "building not to be missed" says the Providence Journal Newspaper. Have your next corporate function, special event, or meeting at one of Rhode island's most unique meeting venues.

Nature Shop

All purchases made at our Nature Shop directly benefits Audubon Society of Rhode Island. We offer bird feeders and accessories, field guides, children's books and toys, games, eco-friendly jewelry, and much more!


1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: (401) 949-5454 ex. 3118
Fax: (401) 245-9339

Mid-April through Mid-October
  9 am - 5 pm daily

Mid-October through Mid-April
(open holidays and school vacations)
  Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
  Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

  Adult $6.00
  Senior $5.00
  Child (ages 4-12) $4.00
  Child (under 4) free
  Audubon Society of RI Members FREE
  Call us for information on groups of more than 10 people