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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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Crete, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

inexpensive family fun.......wonderful nature reserve. Kids really enjoyed it, as did the adults !! A++++++++++++++

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Delray Fla
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This National Park has two worthwhile walks. The Cypress swamp is well done and a one mile walk on a board walk. The view of the tress and plant life is worthwhile. Take a camera and shoot the interesting colors. Outside the Cypress swamp area, it it great to walk in the wild area of this part of the Everglades.... More

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Rockville Centre, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The boardwalk is not that long and goes through some marsh and wooded areas. Walking it with one of the docents is recommended although the descriptions of all the different plants and what they are or were used for becomes a blur. There is a free "jeep" tour that is more interesting in terms of observing birdlife, the marsh flora... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Wonderful park with state of the art visitor center. Take a virtual airboat ride complete with wind. Listen to the sounds of the Everglades at night with surround sound and visual effects. Walk the walkway thru a Cypress swamp on the Marsh Trail. There is a canoe and kayak rental with a trail thru the Everglades but make sure to... More

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Lantana, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We loved the walks, saw lots of varieties of birds from small to very large, got to walk INSIDE the marshland on the raised plank walk, wore the grandkids out real good! The exhibits and a/v presentations inside the museum entertained and educated us all, ages 3,5,11, 35 and 64!

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This Florida is the polar opposite of the theme parks and thrill rides. There are three distinct ecosystems here, the cypress swamp area, the marsh and the marine part. It takes more than one visit, and a lot of patience, to see all the inhabitants of the refuge. We only explored a small portion of the refuge, but plan to... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have been going to this area since it was opened, but this was my first trip in 30+ years. There is a fee to get in now ($5) and a tacky BBQ place at the front road. BUT the beauty of the Glades is still the same. There are now picnic areas, a boat ramp/ fishing dock and a... More

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The day I visited was an anniversary so the refuge was very busy. They had shuttle buses for tourists because parking was off-site that day. Even still, it was quite enjoyable to be in a natural habitat for wildlife. The variety of species and relaxing atmosphere attracts artists, photographers, and journalers. I will definitely return!

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 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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