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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, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We started with the wonderful boardwalk through the swamp and look for birds, turtles, lizards and just listen to the sounds. The volunteers at the Nature Center are helpful and cordial. They directed us to the levees where we could look for marsh birds and I saw limpkins for the first time. On a previous visit a few years ago... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Unfortunately, there are many days when there simply are no herons, egrets, spoonbills, storks, etc in and around Loxahatchee Refuge.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The guides are usually good. Lots of wild life to see. Very peaceful. There is a small fee to park. Great for kids 6-12.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is a great place to simply take a walk or bring the family to see all the different exotic birds and even alligators. It's a long boardwalk that goes around the whole complex. You can take the long walk or the short walk

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West Palm Beach
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The three grandchildren were in town, we were in the area and had only a short time to spend in the museum, but it was worth the stop. The attendant/ranger at the entrance to the museum called over the children (10, 8 and 5), provided them with a workbook on the refuge, a badge and swore them in to be... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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381 reviews 381 reviews
136 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Boynton has a very good "Loxahatchee Wildlife" refuge. The boat ramps are kept clear, as well as the 5 1/2 mile canoe trail. With a license you can fish the fresh water, or hunt in season. Be careful or you could be hunted. Their is a 20 ft. observation tower that can be used to help. Cost $1 walking. $5... More

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Miami, Florida
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89 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Firstly, there is an entrance fee now. I don't believe there was one when I was little, which was kinda greedy and annoying. If you don't want to pay it, The Green Cay Wetlands, and Wakodahatchee Wetlands are similar, have free admission, and most of the same wildlife, though smaller. Both of those are within minutes of Loxahatchee. First we... More

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Crete, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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