Audubon’s McIntosh Wildlife Refuge & EEC
1401 Hope Street (Rte 114), Bristol
At the McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, you can enjoy a meadow, butterfly garden, woods, wetlands, and a stroller-friendly, ¼ mile boardwalk. The boardwalk meanders through fresh and saltwater marshes, across the East Bay Bike Path, to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay.
McIntosh is also home to the Audubon Environmental Education Center, a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium with interactive exhibits featuring local habitats and fun activities to learn about and enjoy nature. Admission fees apply for the center, but the hike is free!
Length: 0.5 mile
Difficulty: very easy for children
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home
Accessible by Public Transportation: within 0.1 mile
You might want to bring: a little cash for the Environmental Education Center
Get directions or follow ours:
From Newport: Take the Mt. Hope Bridge to Route 114 North. Travel north on Route 114 North (Hope Street) approximately 5 miles. The refuge is on the left, just before the Bristol/Warren town line.
From Providence: Take Route 195 East to exit 7. Go south on Rte. 114, through East Providence, Barrington, and Warren, to the Bristol town line. The refuge is on the right, immediately after the Bristol/Warren town line.