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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
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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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Interesting peek at the Everglades

An easily accessed location, minutes from the urban sprawl along the coast. The interpretive center is well stocked with information and many friendly and helpful volunteers... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 April 2016
Bill M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

An easily accessed location, minutes from the urban sprawl along the coast. The interpretive center is well stocked with information and many friendly and helpful volunteers. Nice gift shop if you need a souvenir. We walked about the marsh trail for an hour or so. Lots of birds, possibly paradise for a birder focused on egrets and other waders. We... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We've been visiting Loxahatchee for over 30yrs. and it's just nature in its splender. The nature center is a must see and the guides are excellent. The canal is great for fishing and wildlife viewing;especially the alligators.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

This is a nature area and has some areas for sitting. First, you walk into the visitors center and learn about the ecosystem in the Loxahatchee. There is a short film to watch that is informative. Then you can walk the boardwalk and enjoy nature! We brought a cooler with drinks and some pizza and enjoyed it after a long... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Just west of Bedners farms is the preserve, a gem hidden away from traffic. There is a nature center with bathrooms and displays and an adjacent boardwalk that is shaded and makes for a fun and peaceful stroll. If you head west from the nature center there are hiking trails, but these are typical Florida trails, hot, dusty, and not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

We live in Florida. This time of year it is too cold to go anywhere out of state so we look for things to do around home. This place was a nice day out. Only a few miles from home. It was nice. We didn't see all that was offered as we get tired. We saw the Welcome Center with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

If your looking for a relaxing picturesque afternoon filled with birds, alligators, and other wild life than this is the place. I highly recommend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Loxahatchee is very large, and this is a plus. They have nature guides available to talk about flora and fauna, another plus. However, the guided tours are extremely slow moving -- not suitable for younger children or adults like myself who want to move along. There weren't as many birds as Green Cay, which is nearby. I would return to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

One of the best features of the design of this incredible site is the feeling of being out in nature with a minimum of noise and people. Just to walk the 1 mile squares watching the flora and fauna is a joy. Not really a place for small children because there is a wilderness feel without the obvious amusements. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Boardwalk in back is the highlight. It's the Everglades. The rest is a little flat and un exciting but a nice walk. Bring your binocs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Great place for natur elovers and people from out of town who want to see alligators and the other critters that we know so well :)

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