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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
360 753 9467
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Ranked #1 of 11 activities in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Knebworth,
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It's a long way out to the end of the excellent boardwalk but we were rewarded with sightings of coyote, raccoon and lots of bald eagles.

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Renton, WA
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11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Despite living in the Seattle area we had never stopped at Nisqually on our trips south. It is easily accessed from I-5. We didn't have time to try the Estuary Trail but did enjoy the Twin Barns Loop. Easy walking, relaxing 1 mile hike. We will certainly return at a later time as we would enjoy being there when the... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We went there last Sunday and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Cost $3 for a family of four and the money goes toward the wildlife. We walked and then went off the beaten path to the boardwalk. Along the way, we're all reading the wildlife and their informations. We saw jellyfish swam by and birds flying around.... More

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Seattle
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We decided to spend the day at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, we arrived midmorning to a partially filled parking lot, we paid our entry fee and checked out the small gift store, pu a map and with our picnic lunch took off. Planning a day of leasurely hiking. The refuge has been extensively developed to allow visitors access thruout a lot... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Nice walk and easy walk. Didn't see a lot of wildlife , but many birds around. $3 entrance fee is a little too much for the small trail. But pretty nice overall.

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Arizona
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145 reviews 145 reviews
36 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Liked the visitor center, the board walk and the bird sittings. There is nothing to dislike about the facility.

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Olympia, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Spend hours or just take a break here to walk the boardwalk. A good viewing of the northwest flora and birds! Easy to find just off I-5.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The wildlife refuge is a great place to see all kinds of birds. Make sure to bring your binoculars so you can see all the difference types of birds. Last time I went with my family we saw, ducks, bald eagles, hawks, crane, rabbits and many other wildlife birds. The boardwalk is relatively flat which allowed me to push a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was so pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed meandering through this wildlife refuge on my drive from Seattle to Portland (a pleasant place to stop halfway and have a picnic). It's a hidden gem that doesn't get much attention but is so pretty and peaceful. It reminded me a bit of my native Florida b/c it was... More

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Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited the nature center soon after moving to the area and we saw our first (in the wild) Bald Eagle, we were amazed! Next trip we saw seals swimming in the Nisqually River, which we soon learned was unusual. Every time we go we see something new, to be so close to a major interstate is kind of a... More

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