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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge...

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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A Great Way to Get Out of the House!

With the wet winter (wetter than normal) we have been having it's always a great hike out to Nisqually to cure cabin fever. I make it out there at least once a week to view the... read more

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Olympic National Park, Washington
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

With the wet winter (wetter than normal) we have been having it's always a great hike out to Nisqually to cure cabin fever. I make it out there at least once a week to view the ever changing complexion of the landscape as well as the wildlife. I believe on Wednesdays they have a gifted birder that takes folks out... More 

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Sw Grand Mound,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have three kids, 14 girl, 12 boy, and 10 girl. We love to go on walks and hikes. During the rainy season it can be a challenge to find hikes where you don't get muddy. Nisqually is a great choice at these times. Most of the walkways are board walks and keep you high and dry. We love to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wildlife refuge offers a short hike (about 4 miles roundtrip) between two rivers, into a beautiful delta with abundant birdlife. Go when the tide is high, and cross the intertidal zone on a fabulous boardwalk! Use the mounted scope at the boardwalk's end to look for harbor seals on the beach, or (better yet) bring binoculars so you can... More 

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Thank Rebecca T
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love birds? Love to walk on flat ground/boardwalk and see not only birds, but gorgeous old trees , streams , and wildlife? This is a very special place where many different groups got together and saved the land from being industrialized and turned it into prime wildlife habitat, and then put in an amazing boardwalk to see it from. Depending... More 

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Thank laurie h
Olympia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy hike for the littles as well as elderly along the boardwalk. Great location for bird watching as well as spotting the water life along the boardwalk. Don't miss the nature fun play area for children and the Information Center with it's interesting film about the area and the wild life. Bring a lunch and enjoy the shade under the... More 

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Thank Sheila C
Yelm, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking for a place to take a quiet stroll? This place has been really worked on having most of nature take over. The wetlands have an abundance of birds and water mammals. There are people there in the book and museum type of building that are very familiar with the area and can point out or describe what is there... More 

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Raeford, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful boardwalk that extends into the sound. Definitely a good place for a couple hour walk and to see the nature of WA.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a spur of the moment, cool, and cloudy, brisk, and slightly chilly outing. Due to the breezy weather there were only a few hardy souls out braving the elements, despite a lack of rain. We enjoyed the various interpretive displays along the boardwalk which extends for several miles in a choice of several directions. We chose the longer... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day we went was clear and cold, but great for a long walk out on the boardwalk. This refuge is officially named the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and needs to be updated here

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Thank yosemiterisk
Olympia, Washington
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice get-away. You may or may not see wildlife but the place is interesting and quiet, it is worth a little time away.

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