Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
Seapowet Ave, Tiverton
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge is a 50-acre preserve featuring easy and well-marked trails, beautiful views of the Sakonnet River, salt marshes, woods, a pond, and many birds, including egrets, great blue herons, and ospreys. There is also an observation blind that kids will enjoy hiding behind—if only for a short while! Though the views are spectacular any time of year, I highly suggest visiting in the cooler months; I’m not exaggerating when I say you will be eaten up by mosquitoes during the summer, and poison ivy is abundant then as well.
Length: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: easy for children
Dogs: to protect the fragile ecology of the refuge, please leave your dogs at home