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-October — Mid-April)
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Open school vacations and some holidays.
Child (ages 4-12) $4.00
Child (under 4) free
Audubon Society of RI Members FREE
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:
Permitted (and encouraged!):
• Hiking on the trails
• Observing & learning about wildlife
• Bird watching
• Enjoying the area's natural ambiance and solitude
• Picnicking only at the designated areas at the Nature Center and Aquarium
• Dogs, horses and other pets
• Motorized vehicles and bicycles beyond the parking lot
• Hunting, fishing or trapping
• Picnicking (except in designated areas at the Nature Center and Aquarium)
• Alcoholic beverages and smoking
• Collecting plants or other natural objects
• Geo-caching or Letterboxing
• Jogging, running and excessive noise
Audubon at Home: Nature Play and Learning
Welcome to Audubon at Home! Each week Audubon will bring nature play and learning right into your home. We’ll share a different nature theme each week.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation for the safety of our visitors, members, staff, and volunteers. Until further notice, all programming will be cancelled and facilities will be closed. Wildlife refuges and trails will remain open to the public during this time - we hope you'll get outside and enjoy them!