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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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Great place for enjoying south sound

Perfect place for an easy joke and enjoying nature. The board walk makes it good hot all ages. Get outdoors and enjoy nature. You won't be disappointed here

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Olympia, WA
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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Perfect place for an easy joke and enjoying nature. The board walk makes it good hot all ages. Get outdoors and enjoy nature. You won't be disappointed here

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The trail here is all on a boardwalk as I imagine the area floods during the rainy season. It was very dry on our visit. We saw a few birds and one snake. It seemed generally devoid of wildlife. But sightings can be very serendipitous.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This place could have been the new "Tacoma Tide flats"....Yikes. This place was saved by a concerned citizens group way back in the 70's and it was quite a feat. If you want to relax and enjoy nature come on down. There is nothing to do here except enjoy nature. Go and sit or one can go for a nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Spent a wonderful calm and relaxing Father's Day. Trails were easy to walk and mostly shaded. Able to stop for lunch near entrance on the grass next time will bring day packs and eat up by the twin barns.Being patient and watchful allowed us to see duck with ducklings, frogs and a beaver.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My husband and I came here to enjoy a walk together. The pond at the nature center is full of frogs! The trails with all the stops took us about two hours to complete, there and back. The first part walks along the river (again, lots of frogs!). The trees are full of that stringy cotton - like substance, and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I've been going to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for too long to remember and it has definitely changed. When I first started going there it was a river, I think. Now, however, the area has returned to being an estuary and it is a wonderful experience to see what that process looks like. Although unfortunately dogs cannot be taken... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Peaceful, relaxing and serene, no better way to spend a free day in my opinion. Wildlife abounds, from the smallest crustacean to the grandest bald eagle, it is all here! Walk as little or as much as you want, there is something to see everywhere.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

MAGNIFICENT FLOCKS OF BIRDS! and SALMON JUMPING! can't remember the day... but locals know the right runs with the big flipper shows! but hey, Nisqually is bird sanctuary paradise any day!!!

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Have hiked this several times and each time is very different. The change in tides, seasons etc make this an excellent hike year round. Birds, birds and birds. Last time saw baby beavers.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Nisqually NWR offers great bird watching, especially during spring migration. It has salt marshes, riparian habitat, open meadows, woodland ponds and woodlands. So, several different habitats with boardwalk and gravel trails. Puget Sound at its northern salt marsh edge. Great biding all year round, but best in the spring.

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Address: Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
Phone Number: 360 753 9467
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia

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