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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
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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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Enjoyable boardwalk

The boardwalk is a nice walk through nature - peaceful frog and bird sounds. This wasn't a great place for taking pictures for me, but we did spot an owl and a woodpecker. Very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Herndon, Virginia
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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The boardwalk is a nice walk through nature - peaceful frog and bird sounds. This wasn't a great place for taking pictures for me, but we did spot an owl and a woodpecker. Very zen.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My 12 year old daughter and I rented a double kayak and traveled the 5.5 mile trail. It was peaceful and beautiful. We especially enjoyed seeing 4 mid size alligators (one that swam under our kayak) and a handful of baby alligators. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether your a hunter, photographer, this place is great. Gives you a look at the real Florida and what was.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Encroachment, overdevelopment, infestation by non native species, have endangered this great last wilderness in South Florida. Boaters have long transversed through the tall marsh grasses and fished and hunted in the "Glades." Commercial airboat operators offer short multiparty tours through the very tip of this amazing ecosystem. There is nothing like this place any where else in the world. Don... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were only able to walk on the boardwalk and go through the visitor's center while we were at the wildlife refuge. The boardwalk was very peaceful and enjoyable, but we didn't see any wildlife there,other than a few birds. The visitor's center was very interesting, with a virtual airboat ride. If you have time and are able, I would... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

while it was interesting to walk through the swamp on the boardwalk....there was no wildlife to see .. i would imagine going onto the hiking trails would have produced a more interesting trip .........the museum was nothing to speak of ..however if you want to kayak through the marshes....i think that would have been the highlight of the day ...anyone... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely relaxing even though you are hoping to see alligators, beautiful scenery, and our guide was extremely interesting, and answered all our questions. We would definitely go again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

This wildlife refuge is 143,954 acres or if you prefer 221 square miles. Much of it however is not accessible for humans. The park is managed specifically for wildlife. It provides food, water, cover and space. There are over 70 endangered species, millions of migratory birds and native plants and animals. Open year round and it is free. I suggest... More 

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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

The River of Grass as it should be seen. Very educational. Birds, gators, just watch where you step! Excellent Visitor Center.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

This is a beautiful venue. There is a boardwalk through a section of the Everglades, boat rides, animal life, nature as it is supposed to be seen. Go!

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