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Nisqually Reach Nature Center

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Address: 4949 D Milluhr Dr NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2311
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+1 360-459-0387
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Wed 12:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 16:00

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Try and get there when the tide is in!

Plenty of birdlife to see starting from swampy stream to river estuary. Seals abound and the board walk is one of the best we've come across

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
Steve B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Plenty of birdlife to see starting from swampy stream to river estuary. Seals abound and the board walk is one of the best we've come across

Thank Steve B
Fort Lewis, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Amazing place to walk around , and learn more about the wildlife. Take your camera ! This is a hidden place but just across from Nisqually wildlife park.

Thank oislndgrl
Olympia, WA
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

First, this is not the same place as the NIsqually Wildlife Refuge! It's a little hard to find, but once you get there it's a pretty spot and at low tide you can see lots of wading birds. It consists of a building with displays inside, long pier that I think may be closed off, and a stretch of rocky/muddy... More 

Thank siski
Olympia, WA
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Kayaking here is beautiful but try to time your trip to paddle in the same direction in the same direction as the tide. The current is very strong! There's a path for hiking that wanders through the reach with remarkable views of the sun, the Sound, and the mountains. Birds are plentiful and you will most likely see eagles and... More 

Thank msquare18
Olympia, Washington
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

At the mouth of McAllister Creek sits the Nisqually Reach Wildlife Center. This center is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 PM and is great place to take kids or just to visit on your own. The building served as a residence and boat house for a boat rental operation years ago but that was before my time.... More 

Thank John L
Olympia, Washington
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

The best public place to put down a scope for birding in Thurston County hands down. Great place for public boat launch as well,

1 Thank Chrash700
Olympia, Washington
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This place has so much information about Puget Sound and great hands on teaching stations it is just wonderful. Great for kids and adults. Right on the water, you can even see whales! Really hard to find, got lost several times, but don't give up will worth it.

1 Thank SharkLady34
Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Neat wildlife nature center. Was a good walk on good marked pathways. Very good outdoor experience. Great for bird watchers.

1 Thank SAW422
Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

great bird watching and a nice walk along well groomed trails that can seem to go on forever. best in spring and early fall on a sunny day

1 Thank fred d
Vilseck, Germany
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Just to be clear this is not The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. While it is in the same general location of the south sound, if you were trying to go walking at the refuge you will need to drive between them. The research center provides classroom activities for field trips and has four tidal pools so you can learn about life... More 

1 Thank Slyderwso

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