1401 Hope St. (Rte. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island
Surrounded by a 28-acre wildlife refuge on the scenic Narragansett Bay, the society’s 10,300-square-foot state-of-the-art Environmental Education Center is home to the state’s largest aquarium. For hands-on experiences it features tide-pool touch tanks teeming with marine life. The center’s showpiece is an authentically detailed life-size 33-foot model of a typical 3,200- pound North Atlantic right whale. Look inside its body for up-close views of a whale’s heart, tongue, ribs, spine, baleen, and blubber. Other exhibits reflect the diversity of Rhode Island’s native habitat. A boardwalk leads visitors through freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh to the shore of Narragansett Bay, where you can see frogs, turtles, shorebirds, ducks, and maybe even a seal or two in the winter.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island protects nearly 9,500 acres of wildlife habitat containing an extensive trail system for nature enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy. Visit their website for a map of Audubon refuges throughout the state and a complete calendar of events.
Open daily year-round. Admission charged.
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