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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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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The boardwalk is nice, but the most we saw in over an hour was 2 herons and little froggies in the mud at the visitors' center. Maybe just bad luck or bad timing on our part. It was lovely weather and nice to take in the fresh air.

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Spanaway
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I have visited this refuge in years past and was not impressed but boy did that change with the last visit. It has easy walking on a smooth bridge path that really allows you to view the animals and beautiful scenery without getting knee deep in it. It has really nice pathroom by the vistor center and even a gift... More

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Southern NJ
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81 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

After reading the Trip Advisor reviews, my husband and I were eager to visit Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Our trip to a wildlife refuge near our home two Octobers ago was a truly spectacular experience, and we were expecting more of the same. Certainly one problem was the time we went, at very low tide. We decided taking a two... More

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San Diego, California
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59 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great water land preserve with a two mile boardwalk which takes you into the middle of a wetland. Wildlife i.e. everywhere.If you are in the area it is a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Step back in time and into the future. Once a large dairy farm operation employing hundreds with two huge red dairy barns (each about the size of those at Mooseheart), it is now a saltwater wildlife and bird refuge, being reclaimed for the future. The mouth of the Nisqually River with headwaters from Nisqually glacier on Mt. Rainier, when the... More

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Olympia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This gem is easily accessed along I-5 minutes from Olympia, a five minute drive from the exit lead us to the ranger station and information desk. With map in hand we followed the clearly marked trail to flat boardwalks and levy trails leading out toward Nisqually Reach and the Puget Sound. Stopping at the twin barns we checked out the... More

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This natural refuge is unique to the area. It provides estuary habitat to native wildlife and has removed levees from an area that was kept dry for over 100 years as farmland. A well-maintained boardwalk provides free telescopes for wildlife viewing, and excellent photo opportunities. This is an absolute must-see for anybody who lives in the area. I would not... More

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Gresham, Oregon, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 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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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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