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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
561-734-8303
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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... more » 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. « less
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 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... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 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

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 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... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A local, neighborhood reserve, delightful walking trails, easy to walk through. Best in the morning or late afternoon when there is an abundance of birds.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The Loxahatchee visitor center is truly not to be missed. Here you can view a film about the wildlife refuge, go on a virtual airboat ride, and view wonderful exhibits that truly explain what the wildlife refuge is about. There's a boardwalk that takes you through trees and ferns but the boardwalk at Green Cay is much more interesting. There... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

5 mile canoe trail: nothing new after first quarter mile. Swamp boardwalk: nothing new after first 100 ft. Impoundments: just not that interesting. And I love swamps! We did het up close and personal with several alligators on the canoe trip. Enjoyed the ferns on the swamp boardwalk. Saw hawks nesting. Not too many bugs.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We decided to come visit this refuge because we had never been. It was definitely interesting and had some cool animals in the classrooms. We loved the board walk, it was nice and quiet. There wasn't much to see, a few birds and lots of trees. We went on a different nature trail and went up on the tower, still... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Very enjoyable first visit. Saw two water moccasin snakes and a HUGE alligator! Well huge for those of us from the North East! The 'gator almost knew to pose for us! Well worth a visit.

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