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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Phone Number: 561-734-8303
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the Visitor Center you can...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here since I was a teenager and it is one of my favorite places in the area. Very cool place to snap some pictures and take in the wide variety of wildlife!

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DELRAY BEACH
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I go there to fish, canoe and hike the many trails, both through the marshes but along the dike nex to the Loxahatchee river.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Fun place to walk around and see the wildlife for free. Birds galore, fish, turtles, huge iguanas and of course alligators. Takes about an hour and a half to do the loop and it beats paying for a zoo. Great for people of all ages.

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Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We stopped here during a visit to the area and enjoyed walking around in nature. Saw a few alligators too. Tons of birds. Could have stayed longer, but the sun was kind of strong so we cut the visit short. Well worth a visit, especially with kids.

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Philadelphia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The display in the entrance was fascinating to our grandson. He loved trying to answer the questions posed in each area, then flipping the lid to find the correct answer. Also loved the night sounds area: you walk into a room-sized area and the lights dim. You see shadow figures and hear the voices of a boy and his grandfather,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Saw some birds and lots of grass. Also had to paddle through lily fields. Be ready for a 5.5 mile paddle or turn around before half way.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place in some respects is similar to Green Cay, however the wildlife is so much more abundant. Just watching the wildlife is in itself very calming and relaxing. Good way to spend some leisure time. Parking is limited and sometimes you have to wait for a spot to open up.

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Palm Beach County
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145 reviews 145 reviews
46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

"Loxahatchee," as most locals call it, is off the beaten path. It's just off SR 7, which is well west of the beaches... and most of the tourists, too. A boardwalk from the visitor center takes you on a short loop through a cypress swamp. Across the main refuge road, a series of "impoundments" - ponds surrounded by levees -... More 

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Ellington, CT
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

There are many rangers on hand to help out, whether with a ride or tips or talks. I loved the trails, the water kayaking and the guides made all the difference. Very scenic. When I started to leave, my car wouldn't start so guides gave me gas. Gave it to me and wouldn't accept payment. They were extremely knowledgeable about... More 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I had never heard of this FREE annual event before, but we went yesterday, 2/14/15, and it was wonderful. Thank you so much to the organizers and sponsors. It was full of interesting programs, things to look at, buy, eat, comfortable beautiful buses for transport to various stations, and an all around terrific celebration of the 'Glades. Plan to go... More 

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