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Address: 2701 West Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Phone Number: 954 791 1030
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Peaceful Sanctuary in the City

This is a beautiful park with wide boardwalks that are mostly in the shade. Although we weren't lucky enough to see a manatee we did see butterflies, birds, spiders and crabs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful park with wide boardwalks that are mostly in the shade. Although we weren't lucky enough to see a manatee we did see butterflies, birds, spiders and crabs. It was a peaceful couple of hours and it was free!

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Costa Mesa, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

I visited this park after stumbling across it on tripadviser and thought I'd make a morning of it. Why not? It's free! It turned out to be the highlight of the Fort Launderdale leg of my trip! This place is just beautiful, and the trails are nice and easy. You wont have any trouble at all if you're not the... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

So we decided to go here after reading reviews on trip advisor about how you can see manatees & birds, & butterflies. We visited this place around noon on a sunny 78 degree day. We were one of 3 cars in the parking lot, so this place must be secret!! Anyways, I only saw one monarch butterfly in the little... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had a delightful walk through this Nature Center during our one night stay in a hotel before taking a cruise. Lovely boardwalks and well maintained. Think in season it much be quite beautiful.

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pioneer, Ca.
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Looking for something to do that was close to our hotel and found this place. It was clean and had wooden walkways for most of the trails. We saw a manatee in the river and plenty of insects along the walkways. Plenty of shade made for a cooler walk.

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Springfield, Oregon
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127 reviews 127 reviews
15 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I was staying at a nearby motel for two days and on my morning walk discovered this Nature Center. What a wonderful treat and discovery. I kept expecting to find a kiosk with an attendant charging to enter. The wooden boardwalk above the swampy areas provided a safe walk. The entire center was handicap/scoot friendly. I am from Oregon so... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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96 reviews 96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

A calm and quiet retreat from the busyness of the city is found in Secret Woods. Old Florida is made accessible via well maintained boardwalks through a variety of habitats. One trail leads to New River, where we were lucky enough to spot several manatees close to the pier. On an earlier trip we spotted a pileated woodpecker. Each of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was an exciting visit for us, as we were able to see manatees swimming in the New River from the Nature Center's boardwalk. The Center is very well done: nice exhibits, beautiful boardwalks, and well-maintained and clean restrooms. We got wonderful assistance from the staff during our visit. Admission is free.

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Buffalo, New York
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599 reviews 599 reviews
318 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wonderful place to walk in the boardwalks and experience the old Lauderdale now rapidly disappearing. WARNING: while you are looking at birds and nature some scumbag is checking out your car. PUT EVERYTHING IN THE TRUNK, that you don't want to donate to the non-working class that is happy to relieve you of what ever you treasure. I have been... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Secret Woods is a great little spot. It's tucked away off busy 84, and once you enter, outside sounds melt away. The trails are well-maintained and relatively short. They take you through a variety of different ecosystems with good interpretive signage. I estimate it's a 30-90 minute experience. Every staffer I've met has been incredibly kind and informative. The bathrooms... More 

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