10 Kid-Friendly Spring Hikes in the Seattle Area
Written by Jennifer Johnson
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Between Tacoma and Olympia, just off the freeway, is a sprawling nature reserve with plenty of room to roam.
Favorite Trails: Walk the boardwalks through the tangled wetlands, observing ducks and geese and listening for songbirds and frogs. Keep your eyes open for signs of beavers and other wildlife. You can also take longer walks further out into the estuary.
Indoor Options: When you are ready to retreat indoors, children will enjoy the displays in the Visitor Center as they learn more about the ecosystems in the refuge.
Extras: There is also a new area for youngsters to play, dig, pour dirt, make art and just be outside in a more natural playground than a typical suburban park.
Logistics: Check current hours and conditions at the Nisqually NWR website. The cost per family to visit the Refuge is $3.