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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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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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Bird watchers paradise

If you're a birdwatcher, love outdoor nature, and can walk 5 miles, then this is the place for you. Go here during sunny and overcast weather. Its absolutely breathtaking... read more

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're a birdwatcher, love outdoor nature, and can walk 5 miles, then this is the place for you. Go here during sunny and overcast weather. Its absolutely breathtaking environment to get a good 5 mile stroll in. You'll have to pay the $3 parking fee, but definitely worth the 5 mile, 10 mile (if you turn around and walk... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you enjoy bird watching, don't miss this refuge! I t is in the Nisqually Delta near Olympia, WA.. With easy walking trails, this delta is salt water, with changing views and experiences, depending on tide, weather and seasonal conditions.

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Olympia, Wa
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went walking with a walking group last summer, and you can go at your own pace and decide how long of a walk to take, and it's very scenic.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful peaceful unspoiled estuary populated by small animals and several verities of native birds. Stunning views in late afternoon sun.

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Thank Gordon F
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Now is a great time of the year to visit this Wildlife Refuge. Trees are in full bloom and there are shades of green everywhere. Geese, ducks and other birds have their young in full display. Eagles, shorebirds. various waterfowl, and birds are abundant, and easy to see in the Spring. Fish come into the refuge area during the tidal... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Saw native plants and deer. Good marked trails and a great experience. Was a very pleasant visit. Would recommend to anyway interested in nature.

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge - great place to hike and/or walk, although you go out about 2.5 miles and come back in the exact same way.

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Lacey, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is absolutely stunning! Nature at its finest! The museum was very well done and full of very good educational information! We weren't rushed, the day happened to be very sunny and beautiful and was a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. It would be the perfect family or couple outing. Actually anyone needing a quiet place to sit... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Six of us women, amateur naturalists, visited the refuge and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The visitor center has good information, a large parking lot, a gift shop and restrooms. The wooden boardwalks are well maintained. We saw lots of water birds and meandered our way through the estuary, riparian forests and hiking trails. Be sure to bring binoculars, a sketchbook... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place you can come ANY time of year, rain, sun, snow, cold, etc. Nice weather is best of course. But pretty all year round. Great place to see nature and walk around and see lots of old trees and land!

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