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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Phone Number: +1 561-734-8303
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The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the...

The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the Visitor Center you can take a virtual airboat ride, listen to night sounds of the Everglades and explore a gator hole - all without getting wet! Behind the Visitor Center you can explore the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, a 0.4-mile trail that loops through towering cypress trees, pond apple trees, ferns and other flora of the swamp.Then relax in the nearby Butterfly Garden, or head across the road to the Marsh Trail. The 0.8-mile Marsh Trail is one of several walking trails along the grass levees that encircle impoundment areas, where different water levels provide habitat for various types of wading birds and other wildlife. Bring your camera and binoculars! You might see an endangered Wood Stork or Snail Kite, or any of 270 other species of birds. While walking the trails, look for tracks in the soft sand. Common tracks include those of bobcats, otters, alligators, raccoons, armadillos and birds.See the Everglades up close and personal in a canoe or kayak on the 5.5-mile Canoe Trail! Or enjoy the view from the levee as you ride along the 12-mile Bike Trail alongside the main canal. Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. Try your luck fishing from the pier for largemouth bass, bluegill and bullhead catfish. Boating and sport fishing are also allowed in the main canal. State regulations for fishing licenses apply. Airboats are not allowed on the Refuge, but Loxahatchee Everglades Tours operates just south of the Refuge. Guided bird and nature walks and canoe trips take place on a regular basis. Ranger-led school tours are available by appointment.

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The nature walk was good saw a variety of wild life from birds, butterflies to alligators. There is a small gift shop/museum. There are miles of boardwalks to roam around the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nature walk was good saw a variety of wild life from birds, butterflies to alligators. There is a small gift shop/museum. There are miles of boardwalks to roam around the preserve. There are plenty of photo opportunities for camera aficionados who like 6 am Dawn shots of birds and other wildlife.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

an EXCELLENT visitor center to learn about the Everglades and preservation of same, as well as hiking trails, and place to rent kayaks and canoes for a "canoe trail" ride, and yes, I saw alligators,

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Eastport, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well maintained refuge with plenty of hiking or biking opportunities and an informative nature center. We came here for a daily 4 mile walk while on vacation and generally had the trails to ourselves. Walk quietly and alligators, deer and birds of all sorts can be seen in close proximity. A canoe/kayak concession is available although we... More 

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Peachland, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unexpected oasis where you can see what South Florida looked like before the subdivisions and the freeways. Special thanks to volunteer Barry, who led us on an exciting walk around the levee where we saw five alligators! Surprisingly few visitors to this nature walk, a hidden gem.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding wildlife areas and easy access for handicapped people on the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. The kid will love the pretend swamp boat ride and the night sky exhibit in the nature center. Take a mile walk around the Marsh hiking trail. This place is a gem! There is a solid reason for rating this venue with high marks! Enjoy!

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you like nature, like to walk among the mangroves and see wildlife then this is the place for you. Drive up to fishing pier and see George the Alligator. You can go for a ride in the Everglades aboard the air boat or canoe. We have been going here for years.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a wonderful park to witness nature at its best...peace, quiet and natural beauty. There are many trails, just be sure to stay on them! Alligators are in their habitat! It is a haven for so many species of birds! Be sure to visit the small museum...small yet well done! My hope is that this national refuge will continue... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Walk the trails or canoe the canal at this unusual natural treasure. There is a small indoor museum which is kid friendly and i.e. A nocturnal animal exhibit. Do not miss the primordial forest walk to see and get a feel for what was here before man arrived. There is a nominal car charge for entrance to this national refuge... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A great place that is nearby, tranquil, informative and relaxing. Bring your camera. Just wait until the mosquitoes have gone. Fall and winter is best.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Nice park, peaceful and serene and you will get an eyeful of gators in their natural habitat. I must say do not feed them. It is against the law and if you do, you can get a heavy fine.

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