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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 17 Activities in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Adventure
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Adventure
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 and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory birds.

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Crowley, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My sister and I went with her daughter to visit and it was the most amazing trail I'd been on in a while. The trails weave in and out of different areas some leading into the forest (but not deep); the trails even held my nieces attention the entire time. If you want to some spend some quailty time with... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

the walking trails weave you through some of the most amazing scenery. The ponds and lakes are home to all kinds of birds, and other animals. We saw beavers, eagles, deer and so many other animals. The flowers and plants are beautiful. The entire hike took my breath away.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Since the US Fish and Wildlife Service had the longstanding dikes removed, this Refuge has been returned to its natural state as a wetland. It is an unqualified gem in the heart of a busy Northwest Corrider of I-5 between Tacoma and Olympia, WA. It is a well utilized nature preserve frequented by a wide range of people, especially bird... More 

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Olympia, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Nice area to see wildlife. Mainly birds. Large Nisqually River delta area. Nisqually River originates at Mount Rainier. Inside exhibition. Fee is $3 per vehicle with max of 4 people.

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Olympia, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Constant changing tides, birds of the season, gorgeous fall colors, rainbows of spring flowers, and green lush summer grass makes this place a great walk any time of the year. Easy walks, good for strollers and wheelchairs too, or take the old road without the wheels. Haven't been to the children's area, but it looks fun (although wet). Inside there... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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47 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

An excellent place to see nature around Olympia. There are many t rails and boardwalks, making for an easy and mostly flat walk. Always interesting things to see but varies with bird migration and tide height. There are generally folks along the trail who will help you identify the sights. Couple of warnings. During waterfowl season (October-February) there is hunting... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The refuge is dedicated to preserving the natural environment rarely found in the South Puget Sound region any longer. A sanctuary for birds, a treasure for birders, a delight for walkers, families, friends, and lovers. It changes with the tides and the seasons. The boardwalk and paths are level and easy to navigate. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been coming to this place for years hiking 5.5 miles on a 100 year old dike system with fantastic habitat for many animals and birds. Then, 4 years ago (or so) the feds destroyed most dikes for a return to a natural tidal zone. Now, a boardwalk extends out onto the floodplain. Pretty at high tide and mudflat... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The visitor information center is unique; the paths well marked and the walk out over the Sound a great stretch of the legs with superb water views. Only sad that dogs on leash aren't allowed.

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Olympia, Washington
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33 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

One of the things I admire about Nisqually is the diversity of its visitors. Families with kids, some in strollers; people in wheelchairs and electric carts; serious birders; serious photographers with lenses like cannons; couples clearly in love; and of course the wild life. 

Hard to beat all that for a $3 per family entry fee. This last Sunday a... More 

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