Here in Washington, we’re fortunate to be able to view abundant wildlife in its natural habitat. Lush forests and scenic beaches provide ample opportunity for wildlife observation. The Evergreen State is blanketed in rivers, lakes, and shorelines teeming with native birds and sea life. Consequently, we have found a Wildlife Refuge in Hoquiam, where you can practically walk on water as you view some of the state’s most beautiful flora and fauna. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is arguably the best wildlife refuge in Washington state, and we can’t disagree. 

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Please note: With the exception of service dogs, pets are prohibited inside the refuge, so leave your furry pals at home for this epic adventure.

Spend the day with nature at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge where you can practically walk on water as you view breathtaking wildlife in its natural habitat. It’s family-friendly and free! Have you visited this incredible wildlife refuge in Washington state? What animals did you observe? Let us know in the comments.

And before you leave for this hike or any other in Washington, we recommend that you download a free trial of AllTrails+. You can access offline maps and get up to date trail and weather information, as well as access some cool perks.  

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What are some more wildlife refuges in Washington state that are worth visiting?

After you’ve explored Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, here are some more wildlife refuges in Washington state that we recommend you add to your list.

  • Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Royal City
  • Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield
  • Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia
  • Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Sequim
  • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Cheney
  • Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, Clallam Bay
  • Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge, Forks
  • Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Colville
  • Copalis National Wildlife Refuge, Taholah
  • Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, Discovery Bay
  • San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Puget Sound

Check out our website to discover more about these wildlife refuges in Washington state.

Where else can I see animals in Washington state?

Washington is blessed to have an abundance of wildlife, and here are some of the best places to see animals in Washington state:

  • Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah
  • The Outback Kangaroo Farm, Arlington
  • San Juan Safaris - Whale Watching, Harbor
  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville
  • Schreiner Farms, Lyle
  • The Seattle Aquarium, Seattle
  • Olympic National Park, Port Angeles
  • Palouse Falls State Park, LaCrosse
  • Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
  • Mountain Goats in the Cascade and the Olympic Mountains
  • Lake Wenatchee State Park, Leavenworth
  • Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco

If you’re a real animal lover, check out our previous article telling you about more places to see animals in Washington state