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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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Gresham, Oregon, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Seeing the small sign beside I-5 freeway exit 114, we decided we needed a break from the rush of freeway, traffic, and people. Unknown to 99.9% of the passing drivers just a few yards away, we found another time and place. First were the apple trees. Neglected, but still producing beautiful, delicious apples which were just right in mid August.... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Just short distance away from noise of I-5 freeway is this peaceful haven teeming with life ...birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. We saw a hawk, a kestrel, lots of friendly gold finches and a thrush. We also saw several frogs, a cheeky long-tailed weasel and a garter snake. All this in a natural estuary setting with saltwater meeting fresh water... More

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Centralia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went with some friends on a day hike and this was our first stop. Had a great time. Wish the tide had been in but still worth seeing. We walked all the way to end. Took lots of pictures and saw little crabs fighting in the water.

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Knebworth,
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
72 helpful votes 72 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
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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
39 helpful votes 39 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
36 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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46 reviews 46 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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