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“Educational”

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Olympia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We went there last Sunday and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Cost $3 for a family of four and the money goes toward the wildlife. We walked and then went off the beaten path to the boardwalk. Along the way, we're all reading the wildlife and their informations. We saw jellyfish swam by and birds flying around. It's just a beautiful scenic.

Thank Chanthon K
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We decided to spend the day at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, we arrived midmorning to a partially filled parking lot, we paid our entry fee and checked out the small gift store, pu a map and with our picnic lunch took off. Planning a day of leasurely hiking. The refuge has been extensively developed to allow visitors access thruout a lot of the Delta. Boardwalks over an estuary, wildlife viewing stations, remnants of an orchard and old historic barns reminiscent of it's farming past, long winding trails thru out the area encourage visitors to meander and take a long look out at the freshwater and salt water integration, and the creatures that shelter here. We saw many eagles, herons, barn swallows, several duck varieties, we heard owls and know they are there but did not see them. The tide was coming in under and beside the boardwalk and that was really interesting to see the estuary fill. We underestimated how long it would take us to walk the trails and suggest planning for a full day or better yet, several days to enjoy this beautiful National Treasure. Remember, leave you dogs home, as they are not allowed here.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Nice walk and easy walk. Didn't see a lot of wildlife , but many birds around. $3 entrance fee is a little too much for the small trail. But pretty nice overall.

Thank josh61516
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Liked the visitor center, the board walk and the bird sittings. There is nothing to dislike about the facility.

Thank TucsonTeeter
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Spend hours or just take a break here to walk the boardwalk. A good viewing of the northwest flora and birds! Easy to find just off I-5.

Thank Indiesblue
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