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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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Toddler loved it

Brought the 2 year old out here and hiked all the out to the end of the pier with him in a back... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DrKatizbrou
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Olympia, Washington
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Great place to go for walks, but has changed not for the better.

You can no longer take your dogs for a walk here, at least last time we went you couldn't. Another... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Josh A
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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” (28 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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"bald eagles"
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"bird watching"
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"high tide"
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"puget sound"
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"easy walking"
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"mud flats"
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"salt marsh"
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"bring binoculars"
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"parks pass"
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"board walks"
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"boardwalk trail"
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"long boardwalk"
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"beautiful nature"
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"beautiful walk"
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"natural state"
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"flat walk"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought the 2 year old out here and hiked all the out to the end of the pier with him in a back pack. He loved looking at all the little crabs when the tide was low. If you are going to go out to...More

Thank DrKatizbrou
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can no longer take your dogs for a walk here, at least last time we went you couldn't. Another thing that stinks is my family has gone here every year for 35 years to pick apples in the fall, and now they have restricted...More

2  Thank Josh A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Billy Frank-Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is one of Washington's hidden gems. You can stroll around the fresh water ponds or hike three miles across the salt water tide flats on the board walk. You'll see Eagles, Herons, a variety of ducks and geese all...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

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

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

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....

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
14 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
14 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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