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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Phone Number: 561-734-8303
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Nature can be quiet and peaceful or exhilerating!

One side of the center has wooden walkways through Florida flora. The walk is shaded, peaceful and filled with Florida trees, plants, scrubs and even a few crawlies. Cross the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Wellington, Florida
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Wellington, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

One side of the center has wooden walkways through Florida flora. The walk is shaded, peaceful and filled with Florida trees, plants, scrubs and even a few crawlies. Cross the path to the other side of the center and you are definitely the guest. Many photographers were there the day we visited, tripods set up and nature smiling. Gators watching... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Awesome place to walk & take in the abundance of birds, butterflies & alligators etc. in their native habitat.......we have been a few times now & found each time a new experience.....there are numerous walks & always something to see & enjoy! The refuge staff are very knowledgeable & you can sense right away that they are dedicated to their... More 

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Brockton,Ma.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wonderful place to walk and view nature. Birds and butterflies are abundant. Also, alligators can be seen in the canal. Great nature trails and boardwalk. Great abundance of wildlife of all kinds.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My husband and I went there for a afternoon walk after going to Bedners. The main walk through the trees was calming but not a lot to see. We then got in the car and went to where they launch the kayaks saw a couple of alligators and some men fishing. Didn't see much nature but had a nice walk

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new jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Full moon canoe trip. Very enjoyable time. Take a group of people or just the family. Lots of birdlife and other creatures of the waterways to see. Beautiful sunsets.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a very nice example of true South Florida "everglades" habitat. Don't miss the boardwalk nature trail at the entrance to the park, also if you have time rent a kayak and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The refuge is just that; a place that limits human access and mobility. The park area is mostly wet so there is not much to do unless you get on the water. The entry is easy and just off major highways and there is a visitors center. So, folks from New York can come down and say that they have... More 

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Perth, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

spontaneous day trip for us. Small fee paid on the honour system at the gate. Terrific interpretive centre run entire by volunteers. Nice Boardwalk in the Cypress Forrest. The highlight was seeing the alligators though. And George is a behemoth. Fun day

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Cancun
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Been here a bunch of times, nice to walk around and take photos as long as it's cool out (yes, I learn from experience so you don't have to!)

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Richboro, Pennsylvania
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a great facility for viewing birds, turtles, and gators in a natural setting. The visitors center had some interesting exhibits for kids, including an airboat simulation video. Spend a few hours.

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