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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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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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Simply stunning!

I love this place. Do yourself a favor and visit this beautiful protected refuge. It's incredible. You can bird and nature watch to your heart's content.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
elonylynn
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this place. Do yourself a favor and visit this beautiful protected refuge. It's incredible. You can bird and nature watch to your heart's content.

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Ithaca, New York
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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a full morning hiking here. We followed a group of serious birders and saw many ourselves. The weather was misty but there is a long wooden boardwalk and lots of information on plaques.

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Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good nature type walk that is suitable for adults and children i.e. flat terrain. Good wide trails and can observe a variety od wildlife such as eagles, heron, quail etc. depending on which is out.

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Thank dimicfr
Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we have been coming to this refuge for over 10 years. we love this place. be prepared for wind and sun on windy and sunny days as the most of the trail are in the open. for the little kid in a stroller we would bring a portable potette potty - it is about 40 min from the end of... More 

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Thank ayan2012
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I Spend a lot of time on the road and this is one of my favorite places to stop and take a break from driving . I can park my Office / Bus that i work out of and take a walk and relax so i am ready to go again and enjoy nature for 30 or 60 min.

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Thank Mike O
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice, calm walk with well-crafted bridges and many birds to Listen to on the walk. Flat, and great for all ages. Worth the stop for an hour or so.

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Thank MapesA
Olympia, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding place to get an overall experience of the Puget Sound and Western Washington State. Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera, or you're a professional photographer, you're going to see Eagles, hawks, Falcons, and just about every other shore bird around. Also a great place for nature photographers. One to two hours before or after high tide... More 

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Lacey, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just off I-5 a wildlife experience is offered with trails and boardwalks that extend into the Puget Sound. Along the way are colorful descriptions of the wild life to see from the trail.

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Olympia, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Billy Frank Jr, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It's a place i can get away, get some exercise in, and take a few photos. The only distraction is the sound of the freeway (interstate 5).

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Seattle WA
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike is flat and easy to walk. Everywhere around you is incredible wildlife, bunnies, squirrels not to mention a large variety of birds. When you get around to the water area you are amazed with the beauty of the Puget Sound. Tall grasses and breathtaking views. At certain times they have guided tours telling you all about the environment.... More 

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