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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
Phone Number: 360 753 9467
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge...
Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory birds.
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Wednesday morning offers local birders that will share their knowledge, which is extensive! Good place for kids to learn and get some running in as well! Bring a rain jacket in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Wednesday morning offers local birders that will share their knowledge, which is extensive! Good place for kids to learn and get some running in as well! Bring a rain jacket in case.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a nature destination for all types of people. The fee is affordable (just a few dollars) and the trails are flat and wide. The entire refuge is easily accessed by all physical types. Boardwalks access the river bank and delta, providing great bird and aquatic mammal observation and numerous educational opportunities. Remember your binoculars and camera on this... More 

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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice long walk on a decent day. Those that are'nt used to Western Washingtons cool, wet weather, might want to wait until late summer. Heels not advised. Gravel and dirt walking paths. Suggest jogging vs umbrella stroller.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am an avid birder, and the Volunteers at Nisqually NWR conduct weekly bird walks, with 15-40 folks participating. Phil Kelly, Shep Thorp, and Nate Swecker lead the trips, providing identification, pointers, camaraderie, and expert eyes. The Refuge has several miles of walking trails along freshwater, fields and the Nisqually estuary of Puget Sound. A visitors' information center and learning... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is a newly constructed boardwalk out into the delta area that is exquisite. You can enjoy many bird sightings, including frequent viewings of bald eagles. Dogs are not allowed. The walk can take over an hour if you stop along the way (and back) to view the wildlife and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a Gift Shop... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I Love this place.... easy walking, lots of wildlife to see, beautiful trails along the sound, the river, the mud flats, so lots of different things to see....

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Olympia, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Words fail me. Oh to be a heron or kayaker and have this as my permanent address. Would love to see a small ampitheatre with a video of how the pier was built or how the naturalists reconverted this to a natural estuary, similar to the viewings at Mt Rainier.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Open Sunrise to Sunset, the walkways are well maintained, the visitor center is manned Wed. - Sun., and the 3 dollar fee per car make this a family friendly outing. If you like to test your skills in photography this is a perfect place for birds and scenery. Nisqually Refuge changes with the tides and the seasons. The lighting gives... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you want an easy stroll or a long hike (on flat terrain) you can find it here. The easy boardwalk is in a very pretty setting with lots of ducks to view, but you have to be able to block out the sound of the nearby interstate highway. This place would be ideal without that. The longer hike is... More 

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Yelm, Washington, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Do not miss this trek through the refuge. We visit here a few times a month, and every time, we are pleasantly surprised. Every season there is something to see at the refuge. The main path is the boardwalk which surrounds the inland area. There is another larger, longer boardwalk which takes you over the water for great bird viewing.... More 

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