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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33473-4797
Phone Number: 561-734-8303
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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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See and learn about the "Sea of Grass" aka the Everglades

Walk the trails or canoe the canal at this unusual natural treasure. There is a small indoor museum which is kid friendly and i.e. A nocturnal animal exhibit. Do not miss the... read more

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walk the trails or canoe the canal at this unusual natural treasure. There is a small indoor museum which is kid friendly and i.e. A nocturnal animal exhibit. Do not miss the primordial forest walk to see and get a feel for what was here before man arrived. There is a nominal car charge for entrance to this national refuge... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place that is nearby, tranquil, informative and relaxing. Bring your camera. Just wait until the mosquitoes have gone. Fall and winter is best.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice park, peaceful and serene and you will get an eyeful of gators in their natural habitat. I must say do not feed them. It is against the law and if you do, you can get a heavy fine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

When you go, we aware you are on mother natures turf and take your garbage home, especially fishing lines and hooks!!! It is such a peaceful place, one can hike and explore for miles. The canoe and kayak rentals are reasonably priced and fun for anyone that is not afraid of the gators.... They have evening kayak tours during full... More 

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Hawthorne, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Definitely walk the boardwalk, bring a camera, drive to the dock, take a boat or bike out, well-marked trails. Trails too open for a hot, sunny day outing. Talk with the knowledgeable Rangers and volunteers at the Center off Lee Road. Nature lovers will find treasures and learn something new each time they visit.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We had a good time showing visitors Florida nature.We even saw alligators.Put insect repellent on.The nature center was very educational.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Fascinating refuge! Definitely worth a stop in the welcome center before exploring. . Educational for adults and children. Cool interactive displays and a very nice, clean theater. Professional and knowledgable staff directed us with maps and informative anecdotes and all manner of useful information. I've lived in the area for many years and regret that we haven't visited sooner.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Fun day on the water but there are many many gators in the waters. On a kayak I felt like a gator treat on a plate. We went by many of them and they didn't even move but not likely to do that again. Beautiful surroundings for a day in nature. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Great natural preserve!. Take a boat on the waterway. Lots of wildlife to see. Nature is wonderful. Awesome.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This place is awesome. We live nearby therefore we go there often and take all of our visitors there. This place offers many nature-type attractions suitable for different ages and levels of difficulty. The kids love it. We have seen alligators with babies, various birds and insects. It's a beautiful place. Really peaceful and relaxing. We also took the canoe... More 

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