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Address: 5th Avenue SW / Deschutes Pkwy SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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Great when the salmon are running.

Educational for kids and adults and dogs. The seals hang by the bridge and catch salmon. It's next to Bayview grocery store with a deli, it's a good place for an outdoors lunch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Educational for kids and adults and dogs. The seals hang by the bridge and catch salmon. It's next to Bayview grocery store with a deli, it's a good place for an outdoors lunch.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

whether you're there in the fall to watch the salmon or just go for the view, it is a great spot. You can't park real close, maybe a block away, but the vistas are nice.

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Olympia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Nice place to visit when the salmon are running. Sometimes there is a volunteer available for any questions you may have. Good for kids to see the fish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

If you want to see more salmon than you can count, stop here during the right time of the year. Parking is across the way.

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Thank Veronica P
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Suspended between Capitol Lake and Budd Bay, this place is a great location to observe the salmon run, encounter heron, geese, harbor seals.... Gives visible evidence of an estuary. At certain times, tour guides are stationed here to inform you of what to watch for, define what you are seeing. More than a functional bridge but a rich human experience... More 

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Thank Jane S
Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This bridge has artwork, plenty of sidewalk space, and you can even check out the salmon runs at the appropriate time of year.

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Thank food4lifeforever
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Well I'd be remiss if I didn't remember one of life's true pleasure in Olympia--our abundant fish, waterfowl & water dependent creatures in the Puget Sound's diverse habitats. In Olympia on the 5th street bridge, ask around during salmon runs for an awesome display that lasts... well for days at a time!!!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You can see beautiful mountains, the state capitol, and the water from the bridge. When in season, you can also view the Salmon run from the bridge, worth a visit.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Located in down town Olympia, the bridges are a great place to watch the salmon swimming upstream to the Deschutes River. During the run (September and October) there are often people there to help you spot the salmon and to tell you all about the run. The bridges are close to Heritage Park, restaurants and down town shops.

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Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The dam is very harmful to Olympia and Budd Inlet. The sidewalk in front of the dam is narrow and dangerous. This dam needs to be removed and Deschutes Estuary restored.

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