I used to bring my kids here all of the time in the past when I was sighted, and just recently stopped by here with my girlfriend for a nice romantic walk since being blinded. First, the main visitor center here is not open all of the time. It's open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the week I believe. Not sure about weekends. I couldn't read the sign. There are maps and wildlife guides provided in holders right outside the visitor center at all times though. The bathrooms are in the visitor center, so you might want to "go" before arriving here, just in case they're not open. Call head and see what's available/open for your children if this is to be a learning experience. Second, give yourself time! Eat first if you have kids, 'cause this might take a couple of hours. Once out on the boardwalk, seeing all of the nature that's here, you'll be sorry if you didn't give yourself at least three hours to make the complete circuit. Bring hats and water in the Summer, 'cause it gets hot. Bring repellent, 'cause there are bugs here. Bring a camera! You'll be sorry if you don't. Wear comfortable shoes, 'cause it's a good walk if you do the whole circuit. A walking stick would not be overkill here. And IF you have binoculars or a small telescope, bring them, 'cause there's TONS of wildlife to look at! The observation tower was made for binoculars and small telescopes, and you'll see lots of people using them there. For those who just want to walk or jog around the place, parking is plentiful, and the trails are open every day. Free, no admission. The boardwalks that go over the swamps are handicapped and wheelchair accessible. For the blind/visually impaired visitor there ARE steps leading up to the observation tower, but there are also very strong handrails there too, and the steps are all uniform in height. No problem, and it's a nice breeze at the top. And there are handrails all along the boardwalks as well to prevent your falling in. This just has to be one of the BEST MAINTAINED parks I've ever seen. My girlfriend said that the boardwalks look new, the safety bars look new, and the observation tower looks new. Yes, there's construction going on. No, the wildlife doesn't care. The birds and wildlife act as if they're not there. So do still come and enjoy it. The construction is necessary to restore the water flow and balance to the park! It's a hydraulic restoration. Once complete though, there will be almost DOUBLE the walkways, and another new observation tower, according to a knowledgeable docent there during our visit. I can't wait to experience this again when it's completed. Great place for a nice walk with your girlfriend (we had a GREAT time), or to take your kids to burn off some energy (and whip a little nature on them), or to just get out and commune with nature. The place IS amazingly pristine for being right in the middle of one of the most developed areas in the country. It is truly an oasis of peace and beauty in this area! It was so quiet here in the middle of the day, that I could easily listen to the bird calls and hear the wildlife sounds. Which was very important to me, and an advantage to any blind/visually impaired visitors to here. There are volunteer docents around if you can find one, and they will tell you "what that bird was" that you just saw. The one my girlfriend stopped spent over half an hour describing several birds to her. And IF you have an old nature/bird/wildlife field guide laying around the house collecting dust, BRING IT! People will probably stop YOU asking "what that bird was...!" A must see! Highly recommended!
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