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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
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Beautiful and peaceful place

It is a wonderful peaceful spot to just walk around and enjoy the nature and wildlife. We spotted... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cecilie T
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Morning walk

A premier Wildlife refuge along the Nisqually delta. It has numerous walks which can abound with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
trouthook69
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Belton, Texas
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bald eagles” (28 reviews)
“bird watching” (18 reviews)
“puget sound” (40 reviews)
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
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+1 360-753-9467
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"bald eagles"
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"bird watching"
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"puget sound"
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"high tide"
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"bring binoculars"
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"mud flats"
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"salt marsh"
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"parks pass"
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"boardwalk trail"
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"long boardwalk"
in 9 reviews
"duck"
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"beautiful nature"
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"beautiful walk"
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"spring and fall"
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"mt rainier"
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"visitor center"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is a wonderful peaceful spot to just walk around and enjoy the nature and wildlife. We spotted many different birds and very much enjoyed our trip there.

Thank Cecilie T
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A premier Wildlife refuge along the Nisqually delta. It has numerous walks which can abound with birdlife depending on season of visit. A bit disappointed since part of walk was closed due to storm damage. Unfortunately visitor center was closed to when I visited. Still...More

Thank trouthook69
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I got to see a sleeping owl in the middle of the day. This place has awesome walks and amazing bird watching opportunities. Many bird watchers there willing to tell you and teach you anything. A nice get away from the fast life.

Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need to go early to catch the birds.....the guided tour is on Wednesdays at 8:00. I have seen wonderful ducks and birds here, but the open expanse to Puget Sound is worth the walk. Wear appropriate shoes and warm clothes, as there's always a...More

Thank Christianne W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always enjoy a long, walk on a sunny day at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. The views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainer can't be beat - plus you can even see bald eagles! Highly recommend the boardwalk trail.

Thank Chrissy M
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I first went there about 5 years ago and have loved it ever since its pretty clean and the pathways are almost always in good condition.

Thank GramHader
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has an interesting history. For decades, a hand-dug dike kept the salt water out, allowing for large-scale farming on this land. Only recently was the dike removed and an elevated boardwalk installed. Read about the history at...More

Thank KendianaJones
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this wildlife refuge, beautiful scenery as well as being able to see so many different migratory birds, this is truly an amazing bird sanctuary. Lots of photographic opportunities.

Thank Bill C
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to take a stroll, see some wildlife, and take in beautiful scenery. There is a $3 admission but we are always there for several hours so we think it's $3 well spent. There's a great variety of wildlife and birds...More

Thank Lacey R
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We live in Olympia and come here quite often. It’s beautiful any time of year. There are short and long hikes and plenty of spots to stop and have a picnic along the way.

Thank Stephanie P
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Randy B
20 March 2018|
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Response from MariaT3 | Reviewed this property |
Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional... More
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Aubrey S
5 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.
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15 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
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