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.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Features Animals
100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
+1 360-753-9467
Review Highlights
Great for Walks

Nisqually is a very calming place where you can walk and enjoy the nature around you. Walking to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Olympia, Washington
Beautiful Place Must Stop

This is a beautiful place especially if you enjoy nature and wildlife. There is about a half mile... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Read all 475 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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%
Travellers talk about
“bald eagles” (27 reviews)
“bird watching” (18 reviews)
“high tide” (18 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
Write a ReviewReviews (475)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 474 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nisqually is a very calming place where you can walk and enjoy the nature around you. Walking to the bridge, you can see some bald eagles which is pretty cool. The boardwalk is about 4 miles and I don't think I went that far. I...More

Thank Kimmy2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place especially if you enjoy nature and wildlife. There is about a half mile walk to the boardwalk and then another half mile to a mile walk to the end of the boardwalk. There are tons of opportunities for pictures. This...More

Thank lovetravel2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best place for a short walk with friends and or family.....great for kids to watch a variety of wildlife....quiet and peaceful.....do bring the camera with you....

1  Thank Mila H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nisqually is conveniently located, only about ten minutes from Olympia on I-5. It is absolutely gorgeous. It is worth more than one visit, as its land/waterscape changes several times per day and depending on the season. The refuge is also a great place for birding....More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

I go hear regularly when the weather is decent to nice. Always check the tides because it’s much more fun along the boardwalk when there is water. Great place for deer, ducks, hawks, eagles, seals....I’ve even seen a large coyote. I highly recommend bringing binoculars...More

Thank Megan L
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Easy to get to right off Interstate 5, Great Parking and a mere three dollars park fee. The best part is the trails and boardwalk around the park and seeing the different sites and wildlife. No Dogs, Bikes or Jogging but very easy to walk,...More

Thank DonnieB15
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We have drove by here so many times and never stopped. Finally thanksgiving day we did. A mere $3 is all you pay to park. It was great. So pretty. Boardwalks go everywhere. We saw lots of birds and heard frogs. After two hours we...More

Thank Jill W
Reviewed 10 November 2017

One of the longest boardwalks in the world, the easy trails stretch out into the marsh flats where you have the chance to see thousands of birds. When you are not on the boardwalk, the easy gravel paths will give you plenty of opportunities to...More

Thank noworries2000
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We took our four tween and teen grandchildren for an easy hike here as this park is pretty close to our home. I think the grandkids enjoyed the setting. The hikes are flat and vary in distance, so there is something there for everyone.

Thank Jackiebw1
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Gramma day with 2 Grammas and 8 year old & 9 year old. We all put our fitbits on and off we went. The weather was nice and we got to see lots of wild life. Beavers, turtles, squirrels & birds. We had a picnic...More

Thank Brenda V
Nearby HotelsSee all 9 hotels in Olympia
Best Western Plus Lacey Inn & Suites
606 reviews
3.70 km away
Days Inn Lacey Olympia Area
485 reviews
4.05 km away
FairBridge Inn & Suites Dupont
99 reviews
5.78 km away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tacoma Dupont
25 reviews
5.85 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Curry Corner
163 reviews
2.31 km away
Hawks Prairie Restaurant
160 reviews
3.80 km away
Mayan Mexican Family Restaurant
108 reviews
3.79 km away
German Diner
57 reviews
3.07 km away
Nearby Attractions
Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX
19 reviews
7.78 km away
The Home Course
26 reviews
5.08 km away
Charlie's Safari
47 reviews
7.78 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Aubrey S
5 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Marcia A | Reviewed this property |
No bikes are allowed; board walk is an uneven surface, and it is narrow.
15 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
15 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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