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“Great place to experience the real Florida & take visitors too!”

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Loxahatchee is a National Wildlife Refuge. If you want to escape and just be close to nature this is the place. The visitors center and gift shop are a must. Then take the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk, which is 1/4 mile walk which returns you to the visitors center. Get back in your car and head across the road to the Marsh Trail, which is 1/8 mile walk around the dikes. Then returning to your car ride out to the Boat ramp & fishing pier. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars because you will see lots of wildlife. Fee is $5. per car, but if you have the Golden Pass for National Parks, it is free!

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

A true "walkabout" in nature. Though guides are available most of the time it is self guided. The educational center and store have an interpretive museum and displays and even a simulate airboat ride through the everglades. The volunteer staff is very helpful. A boardwalk for a marsh tour. Great photo opportunities abound. A fee small entry fee is required. More on line about the site with the US Fish and Wildlife site.

2  Thank Nikontom
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

After being averted from another location due to low water levels, we headed to Loxahatchee. It only cost $25 for a full day kayak rental. They even placed a towel on the seat for us. Nice touch! We put in at 10:30 and took a leisurely paddle on what was a breezy, gorgeous SoFla day. My only disappointment was not seeing many birds though we did encounter a handful of gators. In fact, halfway through our trek, we encountered mating gators in all their grunting glory, so we had to turn around and head back. All in all, great trip with lots of water Lillie's along the way and great photo ops. It took us about 3.5-4 hours to paddle with a stop for lunch. Can't wait to do it again to make the full loop..

1  Thank Patty C
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We loved Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for the many photo opportunities of wild birds in the park.

1  Thank 45tipster
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

great place to come for a nice canoe trip and get up close to gators. Also a great place just to watch the sun go down.

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