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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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Fun walk

Saw many birds, tree frogs and snakes. It was educational and also good exercise. There were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marilee H
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Stewartville, Minnesota
Senior permit

Friendly and helpful staff. Good parking. Can't wait to go back and walk around and hopefully take... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
evasV75FK
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Olympia, United States
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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 good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bald eagles” (26 reviews)
“bird watching” (18 reviews)
“high tide” (18 reviews)
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw many birds, tree frogs and snakes. It was educational and also good exercise. There were several types of shore birds to be seen at low tide.

Thank Marilee H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff. Good parking. Can't wait to go back and walk around and hopefully take my grandson.

Thank evasV75FK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nisqually is truly a treat, and a natural retreat in an otherwise congested and bustling metropolitan area.

Thank David K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we lucked out with a sunny unseasonably warm day; saw lots of herons and other birds, tree frogs, a squirrel, and even seals sunbathing

Thank Bettina M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a friend who has knee problems and we went slowly. It is such a beautiful area, it feels like strolling. There weren't many people and we got to hang out with a friendly squirrel who sat on a bench and baby owls...More

Thank Nybe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my go to place when I need time to myself, I'll usually go on walks with just my dslr camera and take photos of all the beautiful nature this park has to offer. So many birds chirping! I've photographed frogs, snakes, birds, ducks...More

Thank Mayra G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice meandering walk through diverse environments. Little frogs the size of crickets, birds of all kinds, deer and interesting insects (dragonflies are awesome) were all part of my walk through this preserved and scenic marshland and forest. It was a relaxing and...More

2  Thank OrsonCorson
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful reserve, which has a variety of vegetation and wildlife. There are also great views of Mt Rainier from the boardwalk over the wetlands, on a clear day. The cost is $3.00 for your family group (car), which you pay near the...More

Thank Penny B
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We'd driven past the freeway exit for this site many times and often said, maybe we should stop there. Finally we did - why did we wait so long? This is a beautiful nature refuge with flat walking trails. Even in hot August, it was...More

Thank Kayann
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I was raised in Thurston County and spent countless hours in the Nisqually Flats area in the late 50's through today. We used to fish, hunt, hike, boat... explore the flats at least once a week for fun. Over time I noticed places being placed...More

Thank F8919QHdennish
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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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dbjohnson0001
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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dbjohnson0001
15 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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