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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Quiet, cool walk

We recently visited the Nisqually refuge with our daughter and 2 year old granddaughter. The... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good at many different seasons

My wife and I are birders and enjoy the variety of birds we see. During seasons when there are... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2016
Jeff G
Seattle, Washington, United States
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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 birds.
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  • Average5%
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Reviewed August 4, 2016

We recently visited the Nisqually refuge with our daughter and 2 year old granddaughter. The boardwalk trail was great, it was a hot day and the canopy of trees made it very comfortable and the railings along the way made it easy to keep a...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2016

My wife and I are birders and enjoy the variety of birds we see. During seasons when there are fewer birds, we just enjoy walking out to the end of the boardwalk over the water, a four mile round trip from the visitor center to...More

Thank Jeff G
Reviewed August 1, 2016

I brought my 4 & 7 year old here to hike with some friends. My children are true explorers & were a bit disappointed that the trail was mostly a boardwalk, so there was not much to interact with. I kept explaining that it was...More

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Reviewed July 29, 2016

Wonderful place for a quiet walk viewing nature and Puget Sound. Great place to stroll with friends for an outing.

Thank George W
Reviewed July 28, 2016

It was warm in western Washington today, so we visited the Nisqually Refuge in the morning. The price of a visit is great - $3 for your whole group! There's a visitors' center staffed by helpful souls and lots of information along the trails to...More

Thank TravelerWithPaints
Reviewed July 27, 2016

$3/adult admission on the honnor system and if you spend the time "take it all in", it cannot be done in a single visit by most; yet even a shor hour or two is satisfying. Interpretative center off the parking lot has a lobby with...More

Thank Greene98360
Reviewed July 27, 2016

We took a walk thru the park and were in awe of the seceinery wildlife and how well kept up the wooden path was.lots of information as you wander and several trails to discover. Good for everyone

Thank Neal M
Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is a nice place to take a stroll and it is not strenuous. You will see many species of birds including blue herons . The people at the ranger station are very informative and pleasant. There is plenty of parking space available.There are onsite...More

Thank veraburdetta
Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is an easy walk that takes you through beautiful natural surroundings that include trees, wildlife and right out onto the water. Everytime I go, there is something new - baby eagles, foliage, flowers. Always breathtaking.

Thank Terri B
Reviewed July 25, 2016

A place to get away from the crowds and see nature/wildlife up close! Vice flat trails anyone can hike! Delta, Puget Sound and River views!

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Aubrey S
June 4, 2017|
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Response from Marcia A | Reviewed this property |
No bikes are allowed; board walk is an uneven surface, and it is narrow.
July 14, 2016|
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Response from TravelPair1968 | Reviewed this property |
$3 for four adults, according to their website. Hours The Refuge trails are open everyday for wildlife viewing and nature photography from sunrise to sunset. Please note that all pets, including dogs, are not allowed at the... More
July 14, 2016|
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Response from John L | Reviewed this property |
The refuge lies on the left bank (west) of the Nisqually River at her mouth. That is about eleven miles east of Olympia at exit 114 of I-5. Hours are sunrise to sunset and the fee is $3, well worth the price. It's easy to... More