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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This is a wonderful place that can be enjoyed time after time, with the ever changing seasons, birds, and talks!

a Great place for a stroll, a nature walk, or to attend an interesting presentation. "off the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Olympia, Washington
Nice walk.

Went to this wildlife refugee with a friend. Especially liked the boardwalk out to the water. Saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Myron T
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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...more
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a Great place for a stroll, a nature walk, or to attend an interesting presentation. "off the beaten path?" NO stay ON the path

Thank worknumber17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this wildlife refugee with a friend. Especially liked the boardwalk out to the water. Saw numbers of birds. Good place to take visitors.

Thank Myron T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting our daughter and this was just a few miles away. What a beautiful place. Calm, serene and quiet, a place to really enjoy nature. Inexpensive and since it is federal, we used our Golden passes which enabled us to take our daughter for free...More

Thank SharonLDRN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nisqually sanctuary is one of the best places to walk and observe a variety of birds and different ecosystems. It is quiet, flat boardwalks and very peaceful. Highly recommended,

Thank kat4trees
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Actually better than I expected....didn't see any wildlife but still a pretty walk with a combination of paved type trail and elevated boardwalk. Good parking

Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t believe I have never been here before! It was a very pleasant walk amongst the trees and estuary. The leaves are changing and it was lovely. We met a photographer here to take my son’s senior photos and it was so nice, we...More

Thank Deew330
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is probably important to reclaim open areas just to give the atmosphere a chance to breath and recover. For that reason, I think this was a good idea. This is an public recreation area with a well developed and maintained trail. We have been...More

Thank Herstelle
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

It is a great place to visit and walk the trails,every season it’s different I like Spring and Fall the best.

Thank magpie250
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This is beautiful and peaceful place to take children. It was fun and the kids loved it. The trails are well taken care of and it is an easy walk.

Thank Jim L
Reviewed August 27, 2018

i feel like this is one of those hidden gems that i don't want too many others to know about. it's one of those places i love to go once or twice a year because the seasonal migratory birds that show up at different times...More

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September 2, 2018|
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Response from Bill C | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge, the trails are open every day, the visitor's center does not have to be open for you to walk the trails. I do know the visitor's center is only open from Wed thru Sunday
September 2, 2018|
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Response from Kausar786 | Reviewed this property |
You can meat in the reserve ground about .5 mile or less walking on the trail close to the historical barn. However you may not light up the grill. I am not certain but you may ask at the reserve office. There are about 4... More
Randy B
March 19, 2018|
Response from MariaT3 | Reviewed this property |
Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional... More