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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
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: 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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A Must See!!

I stopped here to break up a long car ride based on Trip Advisor reviews, and I'm so glad I did!! This is a very unique and beautiful place and offers so much diversity. I wish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Astoria, Oregon
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Astoria, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

I stopped here to break up a long car ride based on Trip Advisor reviews, and I'm so glad I did!! This is a very unique and beautiful place and offers so much diversity. I wish I would have had my binoculars!! There were so many types of birds and other animals at the refuge. This is a great place... More 

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Lakebay, Washington, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

When my husband and I were here the tide was out but there was still a lot to see. If I lived closer, I would make this a regular habit. The walk was easy. It gave you an opportunity to stop when you needed to. The photo ops were great. This was our first visit. The next time we go... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My aunt wanted to walk the trail for Mother's Day. I was amazed at the beauty and variety of birds and vegetation. It was a lovely opportunity to commune with nature. Lots of photo opportunities and an enjoyable stroll. I can't wait to go back with a good camera to capture some of the beauty. Loved seeing all the different... More 

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hollywood, california
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Nice to see a wonderful resource like this being cared for. Lots of birding, trails, boardwalks...plenty of space to walk or just sit and watch. We had some time between Tacoma and a dinner in Olympia and I'm so glad we stopped here. If you've got an hour or so check it out.

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Lebanon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Mid-april and birding was great! Many duck (blue-winged teal, geen-winged teal, pintail) , eagle buzzing the 500+cacling geese. Marsh wrens singing up a storm. Rufous hummingbird on nest and juvenile great horned owl. Great day!

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Virginia City, Montana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A very nice park! Greats trails - boardwalks with nice history placards. The two barns are beautiful! Love the wildlife views, easy walking and good parking. Well worth a stop! A quick stroll or a nice walk - I highly recommend a visit!

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is a great outdoor experience that is easily accessible and perfect for the entire family. My wife and our son go Nisqually on a regular basis. The greatest part about Nisqually is that you can just go for a quick stroll and be done in 20 minutes or take the 2 and a half mile hike out... More 

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Rainier, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was my first time at this refuge and my wife and I found it very enjoyable. It was almost the perfect place to take a long stroll together. I say almost because the one unfortunate thing about this refuge is that it is just off the freeway and the noise from all the traffic detracts from an otherwise great... More 

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Coupeville, Washington
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28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We have not been to this Wildlife refuge since the boardwalk was completed a few years ago so it was nice to enjoy all of the new areas. The boardwalk now goes out a few miles & we saw many birds along the way. It is now very accessible for anyone to get out & enjoy the birdlife throughout the... More 

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We, my hubby and I, took a walk and enjoyed the scenery and serenity of this wonderful place. It was a beautiful spring Saturday, birds were singing, ducks and geese were doing their thing and the tide was quickly flowing in. The new boardwalk is excellent with little view points along the way. I recommend it as a really great... More 

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