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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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Most user-friendly wildlife refuge in Washington

First, Trip Advisor has the name wrong, it is now the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR. This used to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Easy walking for older folks

This is a very good walking area for seniors, no concrete and boardwalk all the way. A lifetime... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird watching” (22 reviews)
“bald eagles” (26 reviews)
“puget sound” (37 reviews)
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First, Trip Advisor has the name wrong, it is now the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR. This used to be your typical federal duck farm, but a few years ago they pulled a dike and restored several hundred acres of tidelands that are critical estuary...More

Thank meinoly
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good walking area for seniors, no concrete and boardwalk all the way. A lifetime Golden Eagle card is available inside the gift store which costs about $5. Then a senior can enter any National park along with everyone in your vechicle...More

Thank Drsparsons
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The refuge is a great place for birdwatching and for a walk. It is well maintained and there was plenty of parking. We saw turtles, frogs and lots of birds. The park ranger was very helpful. We bought our lifetime seniors national parks pass while...More

Thank David U
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 11 July 2017

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 11 July 2017 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 10 July 2017 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 10 July 2017

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

Thank JimWeber
Reviewed 5 July 2017

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
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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

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