If you've never explored the seven miles of hiking trails at the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown before, this is the time to do it. Right now, Discover Newport is covering the hiking fees for everyone.

Yes, typically a walk among the 300 acres of diverse habitats at this Rhode Island sanctuary would cost you $7. Right now, however, travel site discovernewport.org is covering that fee for those who want to get out in nature and enjoy the beautiful spring weather we've been having.

And there is plenty to enjoy at this coastal sanctuary.

The Norman Bird Sanctuary has been protecting and preserving an amazing wildlife refuge, environmental education center and museum for over 70 years and offers family-friendly events every month as well.

Trails pass through open fields with nesting birds. They feature boardwalks over brooks and marshes and even a rocky hike out to Hanging Rock with views of the ocean, the Sakonnet River and Gardiner Pond.

Norman Bird Sanctuary via Facebook
Norman Bird Sanctuary via Facebook

You can observe salt marsh creatures and forest animals all in one day. Hike from grasslands to sandy beaches in no time. It's all just minutes from downtown Newport.

Not to mention the hikes are free from now through April 30, 2023.

With plenty of sunshine and spring temperatures in the area lately, this might be the perfect time to explore this nearby hidden gem. Make sure you pack a lunch because we're sure you're going to want to spend as much time on the trails as you can when you visit.

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