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“great place to get back to nature”

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Extensively redown in the past few years. The refuge was a farm diked out the nisqually tide flats and estuary. The local Nisqually tribe with the federal Dept of Interior have restored the estuary and now it is a haven to get away from the rat race. Favored by many bird lovers you can borrow a pair of binoculars from the gift shop. Also noted for it huge twin barns which is favored by artists and photographers. Do walk the boardwalk out to the observation deck at the mouth of the estuary. Great any time of year but especially winter with all the migrating birds

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I have been here with various family members many times, and am always glad we made the trip from Tacoma. Toddler through teenaged kids will find things to do, from playing with gravel and checking out the sound of stomping feet on various boardwalks to watching quietly for new birds. And adults of all ages will appreciate the birds and the evolving story of the ecology restoration work--as well as the chance for a nature hike that's easily accessible to people of all fitness and ability levels. No matter what the weather is like, there will be something wonderful to see; his past January weekend, we went on a drizzly day and saw some beautiful blue heron up close.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This is a lovely place to walk and enjoy the view of the wetlands/sound. Saw lots of migratory birds and herons.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have been to the refuge with my girlfriend and family 4 times now and it just gets better each time. Were all into birding and try and go atleast once for each season. Our last trip was mid-january so it was a crisp sunny day. There were lots of waterfowl out some of which included: Ring-Necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Coots, Northern Pintails, Green- Winged Teals. Also we were able to see alot of Great Blue Herons and American Bald Eagles, and were lucky enough to see an American Bittern. Its phenominal habitat for all species of birds. And the boardwalk around the refuge is well maintained. It is a great place for any kind of outing and i'd recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This refuge lies at the southern tip of the Puget Sound just off I-5 in the Nisqually corridor. There is ample parking, level walking and boardwalks leading you to observation areas and fields. There is a beautiful entry station, clean restrooms and access to bird-watching areas close by. It would be worth a stop while passing by on I-5 for a chance to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Bring binoculars if possible, a jacket and hat as it can sometimes be a bit windy here in the afternoon. The refuge offers good bird observing all year long and is best appreciated during seasonal migration.

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