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“Loxahatchhe River and Trapper Nelson's camp”

Loxahatchee Queen II Day Trip
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This trip was wonderfully enlightening and educational. We were bringing northern friends to see Florida habitat and we learned a lot also.

5  Thank Janis C
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Old Florida is hard to find these days as populations and businesses increase . The Loxahatchee Queen II is an exception to this as you cruise down the river viewing gators, birds, turtles and wildlife like it was before Florida was really settled. The narration of the guide, driver is exceptionally knowledgable on that which you see. You arrive at Trapper Nelson's Camp and wonder how anyone could really live off the land back then. History becomes alive at this restored camp as you visit the buildings and land that presently exist. I recommend this as the top attraction to visit for learning and a wonderful 2 hours of enjoyment on the river. Bring your family and friends as the attraction is for all ages. I recommend the morning tours.

9  Thank CCReview
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

The 25-passenger Loxahatchee Queen II takes visitors on a two-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored camp of Trapper Nelson, the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." Explore one of Florida's Federally and State designated "Wild and Scenic Rivers," aboard the Loxahatchee Queen II or the River Queen; both are a 25-passenger, Coast Guard-certified, stable and covered vessel.

Join people from around the world on our two hour tour as it meanders along the beautiful Loxahatchee River. Marvel at the hardwoods, ferns and century-old cypress trees as you wind along this ancient sub-tropical stream.

Your adventure will be narrated by your licensed Captain as he relates the history and wildlife of the river. From the comfort and safety of your own individual plastic armchair, view some of the state's endangered and threatened wildlife. Often seen are Alligators and the West Indian Manatee. . Frequently seen are various types of bird and animal life, such as Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great and Little Blue Herons, Egrets, Raccoons, Florida Peninsula Cooter Turtles and a variety of other species We saw alligators including 13 baby alligators, turtles, osprey and a bald eagle. We did not see any manatees on our visit.

At the Trapper Nelson campsite, park staff lead visitors around the grounds and buildings of a true Florida original, who made his living off the land as a trapper and fur trader. Once fame caught up with Trapper, however, he evolved himself and his home into one of the area's first tourist attractions, "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Gardens." Trapper's unsolved death in 1968 gives a fitting sense of mystery to the site. Trapper's is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and is accessible only by private canoe or boat or by the concession's tour boat. Call the park concession at (561) 746-1466 for information on times and prices for the Loxahatchee Queen II. Trapper John's site was well worth the visit. Kids will find the whole story very interesting. Our captain was very knowledgable (Captain Tom) as well as the volunteer ranger (Ron) at the site. My only complaint is that the captain was a bit chatty on the return trip. There are no concessions so be sure to pack your own water and snacks for the 2 hour boatride.

11  Thank kes1639
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