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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd, Olympia, WA 98516
Phone Number: 360 753 9467
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Ranked #3 of 26 Attractions in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I waited all summer to visit, then wished I visited sooner. Plenty of boardwalk for a nice stroll or bring your binoculars for the birds. I'll definitely go often next summer. After talking to other visitors, much of the boardwalks are new. Try to go at high tide.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I still can't believe such a great place only costs 3 dollars! The hiking trails are easy and flat. There are some dirt/gravel trails and a series of winding boardwalks. This area is teeming with wildlife! Bring binoculars and your best camera with that super telephoto lens! You will not want to miss this opportunity to see everything- bald eagles,... More 

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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
45 helpful votes 45 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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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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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