Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach: Hours, Address, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,588 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Hadn't realised before our visit that the park is part of the Everglades.

Good visitor centre with range of exhibits The static faux air boat ride was popular and we liked the lit night time scene narrated by a father to his son on the local wildlife.

Behind the visitor centre is a lovely 0.4 mile boardwalk through cypress swamp land with lots of spanish moss and then about 0.75 mile further on there is the 0.8 Marsh trail which also leads to the dock where you can rent kayaks and canoes to paddle a circular 5.5 mile through the wetlands. Looked great but need to be there by 2pm to ensure you can return your boat no later than 5.30pm. There is parking at both the hi igor centre and start of the Marsh trail.

You can actually walk a lot further than the suggested Marsh trail as there are plenty of pathways around the wetlands. I'm guessing a circuit around the perimeter would be 3 or 4 miles.

We saw quite a lot of birds including a hawk, as well as an otter from a distance.

You could spend just an hour here or pretty much all day depending on your interest level.

Entrance fee is $10 per car or free if you have an annual national park pass.
Written March 5, 2020
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Rhonda S
Carlisle, MA28 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Wow, we had no idea what we were heading off to explore As none of our family members had yet visited the place but live in Boynton Beach. We saw grown alligators, baby alligators and varied birds. I wish that we had more time to explore beyond the marsh Trail and boardwalk trail. We were able to get in on one of the non-fee days but also felt that $10 for a private vehicle was extremely reasonable and plan to visit again the next time we are in the area.
Written January 21, 2020
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lhq
Florida229 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
The canoe and kayak rental is very reasonable, no reservation needed, and it’s a lot of fun - we got there just when they opened at 10, went on a partly cloudy day in the 70s, and did about an hour and a half paddle. The sawgrass is lovely, very peaceful, great views, saw lots of waterfowl. Forgot to bring my fishing pole but we’ll be back!
Written December 29, 2020
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Happiness590477
2 contributions
Jun 2020
This is a great place to do some walking and hiking, weather permitting. It can be hot and wet in the spring and summer months. My girlfriend and I started going on a regular weekend basis due to COVID 19 restrictions in all other area parks. We have continued going even after other parks have started reopening because we love to walk outside and there are many clearly marked trails. The only problem is that other than the short boardwalk, every thing else is not covered. So take plenty of water, sun tan lotion and insect repellent in the summer. Also has a canoe loop trail, and water access for boaters. Have not done canoes yet but plan to soon.
Written June 15, 2020
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DT355
Worcester, MA84 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I visited for several hours in late December.
We first went to the southern site (where the airboat tours leave). We walked the trails there which were interesting but not as interesting as the more northern site with the visitor center. They are less crowded but the frequent airboat noise can distract from the experience. There is a porta-potty but no other services at this site.
We left and went to the more norther site where found the visitor's center interesting and the staff very helpful. When we asked about where to find a certain trail the staffmember accopanied us out of the building to show us exactly where to go. The trails are not particularly well-marked but if you use the map or look for the towers you will not get lost. They are flat and would be accessible for people of all different levels of fitness and health.
We spotted many birds and several alligators. Bring rain gear if you are going to hike and there is even a slight chance of rain in the forecast. We did get soaked while walking. On the bright side, we did get to see several rainbows.
Written January 1, 2020
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Miika H
Lahti, Finland215 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited on last Martin Luther King day, last January. It was free entrance on that day.

We choose wrong entrance (too much in the south), because we read our map wrong. It wasn't that route what we expected, this is a huge place and we didn't have to go to the other entrance.

We parked our car and walked as long as we still had time to come back in the daylight. It was afternoon and again, this is a huge place and it gets dark very quickly! There are plenty of different animals, you just have to be quiet and look very carefully, they are hiding of course.

We saw many different birds, one of them catching a big fish and swallowing it as a whole -that was fun to see! We also saw first alligators here, swimming slowly. Sunset was fantastic!

This would have been even more nice experience with more time and with a watch tower, which was now too far away. Now the main sight was just sawgrass. We recommend to take water and food with you for a picnic, but don't throw anything to the ground!

We regret three teen girls who shouted and were more interested about taking photos of themselves, than a nature. There were also motor boats and air boats, harassing animals. Especially the last ones don't belong to the wild nature, that's my opinion.
Written December 19, 2020
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vasile123
New York City, NY725 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
There are two walking trails; one 0.4 mile boardwalk through the Cypress swamp, which is very interesting as you seem to be in a different world, and a much longer walk along levees, called the math trail. This is across the street and we found it pretty boring. We visited in the afternoon on MLK holiday so luckily we did not have to pay. If you only have a couple of hours, they would be better spent in Wakodahatchee wetlands, where the number of birds you can see is unbelievable. Here, we have only seen a few birds. It is quiet and peaceful though, and probably when the visitor center is open there is more to learn.
Written January 18, 2021
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Rob K
Suwanee, GA85 contributions
Oct 2021
Bring your best camera(s) and lens(es)! This NWR is interesting in several ways. There's a very nice, completely shaded cypress swamp boardwalk trail. It's fairly short, but take your time and walk quietly and you'll see a variety of birds, reptiles, butterflies, dragonflies and other flora and fauna.
There's also some very different 'swamp' trails covering a very wide area. Most of these were not shaded, so prepare accordingly.
Overall, a very pleasant experience with many good photo opportunities. I'll definitely return the next time we visit South Florida.
Written October 12, 2021
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aBoater
Newton, MA271 contributions
Feb 2020
While not as good as going to Everglades National Park, this venue is far more easily accessible. It has helpful volunteers, several miles of trails suitable for walking or biking, an elevated boardwalk, and even canoe rentals. There’s also a free tram tour, though you have to register for it in advance. Best to go early for birding, of course. Check with the Refuge for opening hours.
Written March 6, 2020
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TravelQ6492QE
346452,895 contributions
Nov 2020
We came before sundown. Very busy with fisherman. The place is huge. We saw a few Gators, a hawk, some unique birds, and many of the regulars like buzzards, cranes, etc. We did a 30-minute walk along the retention wall as the normal path was blocked by heavy machinery. The airboat sound was annoying as we try to stay away fro m the launch areas so we can enjoy the sounds of nature. A must-do for visitors seeking to see real Florida.
Written December 1, 2020
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