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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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Margate, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is an opening directly from State Road #7 into the Everglades. There are lookout areas available and a terrific look at lots and lots of Florida critters. My grandkids love this place.

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Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

See Gators and Wildlife. Birds Turtles Easy walk for all ages. Now has full facilities and more parking.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It's just a $5.00 car entry fee. (During the year this fee is waived) At the visitors center there's a few hands-on attraction's that shouldn't be missed. On one of the trails, there's a tower you can climb. You can also take your boat out on the water. There's a boardwalk behind the visitors center to explore. While, you won't... More 

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nj
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Enjoyed the canoe trail, the fishing pier, the marsh trail, the boardwalk loop and the nature center. Lots to offer.

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Boca Raton
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162 reviews 162 reviews
37 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We live near here but had never been until we had company wanting to see some alligators. It is $5 a car, which is a great deal. There is a visitor's center that is very nice and we arrived just in time for a tour on the boardwalk. My daughter had been here on a field trip and recommended the... More 

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Dallas, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The boardwalk behind the visitor's center only took about 10 minutes to walk thru, and we really didn't see anything of interest. We rented a kayak for the 5.5 mile canoe trail, but we found the scenery to be repetitive & uninspiring, so we turned around about half-way thru. We saw one small gator & a few ducks. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Rented canoes and kayaks with friends. Went on the 5.5 mile water trail. Had a great time the scenery is beautiful and we saw a few alligators! Would recommend to anyone wanting a taste of what South Florida was like before it was developed.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This peaceful preserve sits not far from the creeping suburban sprawl of the area, and it offers a nice break. Head to the visitor's center to learn a bit about this unique ecosystem, but be sure to explore both the boardwalk and the marsh trail to truly experience the ecological diversity of the area. The marsh in particular has all... More 

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Provincetown
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This was incredible. A beautiful walk thru the rainforest. We really enjoyed the exhibits also in the visitor center. They gave you a great background of the everglade history. A must do for any size family.

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Long Island, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a great place to visit. We paid five dollars for the car as the only fee. There are some great exhibits to see, a room that turns into a dark sky and they explain all the sounds and sights at night in the Everglades. There is also a virtual airboat road that shows you what it is like... More 

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