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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 56 things to do in Olympia Features Animals
100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Beautiful chunk of land with lots of estuary to observe. Best if see when the tide is IN.

We spent three hours walking around the wildlife refuge to find that much of it is closed during... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Golf I
Bellevue, Washington
Peaceful and Invitingb

Great anytime of the year. Bring a lunch and enjoy the many stopping points. A heads up, leave... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dee M M
Olympia, Washington
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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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  • Average4%
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“bald eagles” (26 reviews)
“high tide” (17 reviews)
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Reviewed yesterday

We spent three hours walking around the wildlife refuge to find that much of it is closed during hunting season as ducks and geese are hunted in this refuge. I am an avid hunter, but have strong feelings that this area, although the hunters must...More

Thank Golf I
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great anytime of the year. Bring a lunch and enjoy the many stopping points. A heads up, leave your fur babies home as they are not allowed because of all of the wild life.

Thank Dee M M
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place to view and immerse yourself in the regions natural wildlife. So many photo opportunities. Great place to stroll along, get back to nature and be peaceful. Leave your worries behind and enjoy this wonderful refuge.

Thank Laurie U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gets crowded after 9 :30 am with noisy school kids during the week but before 9:30 is best time to go to see birds anyway.

Thank David S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The children loved it! They loved learning about the different birds and how to identify them. They loved a field trip where they could walk and not just sit. Be careful you really need bug spray in the summer.

Thank Trasie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a short quick hike or to view wildlife. Can be hiked year round as trail is mostly boardwalk.

Thank JimWeber
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've walked this nature center about 4 times over the past many visits to the Olympia Area and it is so worth the peaceful walk and recharge of my enjoyment of nature. A simple walking pathway makes it easy and relaxing, while birds sing and...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The refuge is a great place to visit for any age. It is so peaceful. Fun to walk out on the boardwalk tide in or out.

Thank Becky M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent several hours walking the trails at a leisurely pace. Saw a few birds to be fair we were not there at prime bird watching time. We did see fish jumping and an interesting frog or two. There were also several swallows taking a rest...More

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is our favorite and an enduring, super experience! My wife and I love to visit and take walks along its unique mile-long boardwalk. Depending on the tides you can see a variety of fowl and other critters. But, whether high...More

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Aubrey S
4 June 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.
14 July 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
14 July 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