The Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium is a natural history museum offering interactive exhibits that explore local habitats and wildlife found in the Ocean State. Visitors discover creatures that live in a tidepool, observe marine life from Narragansett Bay, visit with Red-tailed Hawks, and peek inside a 33-foot life size model of a North Atlantic Right Whale.
Situated on the 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, easy walking trails start in upland meadows and wind to a ¼ mile boardwalk through fresh and saltwater marshes to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. Located along the East Bay Bike Path, the trails allow bikers and walkers access to the refuge's natural beauty.
Guided walks, birding classes, lectures and family programs are offered throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.
Location and Contact
1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 949-5454 ex. 3118
Located on RIPTA Route 60
(Mid-April - Mid-October)
9 am - 5 pm daily
Child (ages 4-12) $4.00
Child (under 4) free
Audubon Society of RI Members FREE
Using the Trails
Our 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. All refuges are open sunrise to sunset unless posted differently.
Permitted (and encouraged!):
• Hiking on the trails
• Observing & learning about wildlife
• Bird watching
• Enjoying the area's natural ambiance and solitude
• Motorized vehicles and bicycles
• Dogs, horses and other pets
• Hunting, fishing or trapping
• Picnicking or camping
• Alcoholic beverages
• Collecting plants or other natural objects
• Geo-caching or Letterboxing
• Running or excessive noise
Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium
Visit Rhode Island's largest nature center and aquarium. Walk the trails through meadows and marshes to Narragansett Bay. Say hello to Finn and Atlanta, our resident Red-tailed Hawks.
Bring Nature to Your Classroom
Audubon educators provide high quality, hands-on science programming in classrooms, on our wildlife refuges and at our Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol.
Download our Environmental Education Program Guide or register your class for a program today!