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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 10 activities in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Olympia, Washington
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Sometimes it can be rainy, windy and cold in the winter. But there is always a lot of birds of all kinds. When it's sunny you can see Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. If you decide to walk the boardwalk out to the end of the dock, be sure to use the restroom before you leave the parking lot.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Bring snacks and plenty of water for the long and gorgeous hike out the boardwalk. Tons of birds, and we saw a garter snake, turtles and a tree frog as well. Weekends and holidays bring plenty of other hikers... perfect for a mid week early evening walk with the family.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We visited on a sunny January weekend, with brilliant blue skies. Because of the excellent weather, the parking lots were packed. However, even with all the people there, it didn't feel crowded. The visitor center and volunteers are very nice and informative. Trails and the boardwalk go for 4 miles. There are two huge barns on the property which make... More

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Make time. Go. Enjoy. Be glad. Spend time in the education center as well as in the refuge. Wheelchair accessible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

The NWR is just a super experience! My wife and I love to visit and take walks along its unique mile-long boardwalk. Depending on the tides you can see a variety of fowl and other critters. But, whether high or low tides, it's going to be a winner for ya. They have even positioned porta-potties for us old guys! From... More

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Great site for bird watching and gaining a better idea of the geography of the area as impacted by Mt. Rainer and Puget Sound.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Beautiful to visit anytime of year and at high and low tides for different perspectives. Great and accessible boardwalk. Many educational walks and classes, but we enjoy just taking the exit off I-5 and in 2 minutes we are enjoying a beautiful natural setting.

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Olympia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This refuge is very enjoyable. However, it was a much nicer, more extensive walking refuge prior to it being "returned to its natural environment". I'm sure that the education center (not the visitor's center) was needed ... on some level, for some groups. Progress ... Great staff on hand & still a pleasant walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is the one of a kind place we love to take visitors. The two mile boardwalk is an easy walk with many stopping points and lots of information. Great to be there when the tide is coming in and there are so many eagles waiting for their dinner. Never a bad day to be there.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a wonderful place to walk in the Thurston County area. There is a visitor's center with lots of information. There are tons of wildlife and birds, and information available on them. It is quiet, even with lots of people there. There is a wonderful boardwalk over the tidelands that is just beautiful. We go often and it is... More

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