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.


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 up 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


Winter hours (Mid-October - Mid-April):
  Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  Wednesday - Saturday:  9 am - 5 pm
  Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm
  Open school vacations and some holidays.

Holiday Closings: November 22 & December 24 - 26, 2018

  Adult $6.00
  Senior $5.00
  Child (ages 4-12) $4.00
  Child (under 4) free
  Audubon Society of RI Members FREE