We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
Phone Number:
+1 360-753-9467
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 389 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 264
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Nature at its best

I have come in all times of the year...and every time we see something new. This time it was an owl, nesting...so many people enjoying the view. Tons of eagles and other birds... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Hays70TLR
Add Photo Write a Review

389 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 388: English reviews
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have come in all times of the year...and every time we see something new. This time it was an owl, nesting...so many people enjoying the view. Tons of eagles and other birds as well.

Helpful?
Thank Hays70TLR
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have RA so it is very difficult for me to walk, however, this place is flat enough I can do a walk

Helpful?
Thank Darlene C
University Place, Washington
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

See what nature gives you. Peaceful mile walk. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge should be on your to do list for family/friends that will enjoy a day for days to talk about.

Helpful?
Thank Nick V
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful nice relaxing area to visit and enjoy the peaceful quietness. Enjoyed the long nice walk all the way out to the bridge. The only thing is you have to go to the bathroom first before getting on the trails because it's a long round trip walk.

Helpful?
Thank Jaslyn D
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nisqually refuge is a magical place to walk. No cars, no dogs. Lots of birds and other wildlife. I have been walking at the refuge for 40 years. Returning it to an estuary and adding the long boardwalk was a wonderful plan. I have been watching the changes over the years. Views of Mt Rainier over the delta are special.... More 

Helpful?
Thank LivinHi
Level Contributor
126 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been here a couple of times and it is a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes. We've caught it in the off season (bird wise) so there wasn't much to see if you are a birder. And he visitor center has been closed both times so i can't comment on it. The walk is the focus here. If the... More 

Helpful?
Thank abearfellow
Tacoma, WA
Level Contributor
445 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I am a second grade teacher who had the opportunity to take my class to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. I'm glad we went. We spent half the day on the trails with a volunteer guide who had the patience to explain to my kids what they were looking at. The other half of the day was spent inside the Education... More 

Helpful?
Thank County-Hunter
Olympia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is a great place for a short or a long 5 mile walk, every season offers a different experience as its beauty and the wildlife is forever shifting,

Helpful?
Thank HC777
Olympia, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This is a beautiful place to take a stroll. Everytime I go there I have a great time. The views are spectacular.

Helpful?
Thank Gladys H
Olynpia Wa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Nice level walk with wooden paths. Lots of wildlife. I think it even is ok for wheelchairs. Would be nice place for picnic they have tables.

Helpful?
Thank pbert123

Travellers who viewed Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge also viewed

 

Been to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Salem, Oregon
10 months ago
7 months ago
Lacey, Washington
Lacey, Washington
7 months ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?