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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
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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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Quiet gem . . . touching Nisqually cultural story amidst the trees, river and wind.

Good, hour-long treks completely on boardwalks through the Nisqually salt marsh . . . It's easy on the legs, but can be full of suprises, especially if you're adept at picking out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Northbrook, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Good, hour-long treks completely on boardwalks through the Nisqually salt marsh . . . It's easy on the legs, but can be full of suprises, especially if you're adept at picking out wading birds. We saw two great blue herons stalking -- and catching -- a meal just yards away from us, plus a bittern, a variety of warblers, gulls... More 

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge underwent a somewhat radical makeover a couple of years ago, and the result was eliminating most of the fresh water and trees along the former 5-mile hike around the Refuge, and replacing it with a boardwalk that overlooks just the tidal effect of the Nisqually Reach. If you go to see Nisqually, go at the higher tide... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great place for a walk and for birding and viewing wildlife. Visitor center has good collection of things to buy, people very friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous place to enjoy nature! I love to visit with my daughter. She gets a kick out of the frogs, snakes, and birds. Wear good shoes and bring your camera!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Nothing too exciting but if you want a quiet walk it's a beautiful place to take one. Bring binoculars and a camera. I was there during a lower tide. I can imagine how different it could be at high tide.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Love the peaceful outdoor atmosphere. We went in the middle of the day on Thursday, so not too crowded walked the loop and on out to the viewing platform. Nice for bird watching.

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I love this place. It is a great place to bring your friends, family or just yourself. Park Rangers are very informative and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Totally loved the visit to Nisqually. We were looking for a great place to hike and get some exercise and this place did not disappoint. I especially loved the board walks and paved paths that allowed you to walk if you a senior with you. We have visited twice now, once in summer and once in fall. I look forward... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great place to get away from urban life and still be close to the city. It's only minutes from Olympia and a short drive from Tacoma. There are several trails and birds in abundance. There is the occasional Bald Eagle.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were visiting Olympia from out of state and made a stop at Nisqually based on the great reviews it got on Trip Advisor. It was awesome! We went on a quiet misty morning and we walked the length of the boardwalk. We saw many different types of wildlife and two very cool antique-looking barns. It is an easy level... More 

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