Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach: Hours, Address, Wakodahatchee Wetlands Reviews: 5/5

Wakodahatchee Wetlands
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6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Situated on 50 acres of previous wastewater utility property, Wakodahatchee is a constructed wetlands that is free to the public. The site features a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas and islands. A part of the South section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Wakodahatchee is home to an abundance of wildlife as more than 178 bird species have been identified along with turtles, alligators, rabbits, fish, frogs and raccooons.
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vasile123
New York City, NY744 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
We came one hour before sunset. The birds were coming to sleep perched on the trees. As the sun was coming down, more and more birds were coming, so we could observe many types up close. There are illustrations around the park so we learned their names. It was an amazing experience we did not have in any other park or nature preserve here. We already went twice in one week and we'll be back. The best time is late afternoon. Do wear your mask; other people want to watch too, so while being a distanced activity, this is not a solitary one.
We also were lucky to see the resident alligator ( unless there are several, as we saw an alligator each time we were there).
Written January 18, 2021
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DiverM
Jupiter, FL482 contributions
Feb 2020
I drove 40 miles from Jupiter to see this park for the first time. We planned to meet almost right at sunset which was a mistake. There was literally no parking. Shortly after sunset there was a mass exodus and parking opened up. I would suggest arriving well before sunset.

I was very impressed with this boardwalk. There were an incredible number of birds. It is interesting up to and after dark as well. I would recommend bring some mosquito spray as they are a good number of the pests there.

We really enjoyed going to Bambinis Pizzeria afterward which is nearby and has great pizza and is full of antiques. They also have ice cream and lots of unusual sodas. That was a very nice experience as well.
Written February 23, 2020
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Granite43
Dover, NH60 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a great way to spend some time at Delray Beach. Who would have thought that a man made wetland could be so interesting? Lots of different birds and even an alligator. The boardwalk is spacious and uncrowded. Parking was a bit tight on a Sunday morning but admission and parking are free.
Written January 12, 2020
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Herb M
Rockport, MA376 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited Wakodahatchee based on reviews. We had no trouble parking at about 830 - we noticed it was more crowded as we left one hour later. The raised walkway (3/4 mile) was moderately crowded - some people are walking and others are stopping to bird-watch. There were large numbers of egrets, some with babies in their nests. We saw a couple of large alligators, and some turtles, but the birds were the main animals to watch (over 150 species have been seen here). If you want to go I recommend going early (before 8 or 9) or later (after 4).
Written February 16, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,650 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This nature reserve is deservedly popular - you can expect to queue for a parking spot. There are so many wetland birds here, as well as alligators, turtles and iguanas. Unusual to see so many birds in one spot. March is a great month to visit as hundreds of woodstorks arrive to nest too.

The well maintained wooden boardwalk is flat and provides a circular trail of just under a mile over the marshlands. Perfect all the family. We spent about an hour and 15 mins here.
Written March 7, 2020
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romazzino
West Palm Beach, FL802 contributions
Jan 2021
Great easy walk on boardwalks. Awesome sightings of alligators, lots of birds and iguanas. Was a tight squeeze and busy. When leaving there was actually a long line of cars waiting to get in so be aware of that. This was an afternoon visit so I imagine morning time may be better. There are restrooms and some limited seating out on the boardwalks.
Written February 6, 2021
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PatD
Bradenton, FL25 contributions
Mar 2020
You walk over the wetlands on a wooden path. It does connect land areas, but you stay on the path. Many photographers were there the morning we were. Plentiful birds of all types roost in the trees, Early morn would be the best time, less people and only nature to enjoy. A great place to go if you only have an hour or so.
Written March 14, 2020
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shenbaga s
Tampa, FL2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Anhingas, cormorants, great egrets, great blue herons, snowy egrets, roseate spoonbill, coot, moorhen and gallinule. Limited parking. Best timing is 7 to 9am, or after 4pm.
Written February 21, 2020
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anne l
west palm beach38 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful wetlands, for birding can see lots of birds any time of day, but morning is best, they open at 6:30am. Nice easy boardwalk that is about a mile long. I took a bird photography class a couple years ago and the class came here for several days. I have been back many times since. We saw dozens of different types of animals, a cottonmouth snake, marsh bunny, gators big and small, great blue herons, tricolor herons, snowy egrets, great egrets, swamp hens, black bellied whistling ducks, little blue herons. In late January and February there are loads of nesting birds including blue herons, cormorants, anhingas, little blue, tricolor, common moore hens, purple gallinules, ospreys, and hundreds of endangered wood storks, it is really a fantastic place to get great photographs! But parking is limited so often wait in line for a few minutes to get a parking place. Also take water with you, it can get hot.
Written January 14, 2020
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Connie K
Fort Lauderdale, FL128 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took a drive to Delray Beach, FL and enjoyed a stroll along the beautiful boardwalk pathway. There were so many different varieties of birds to see with lots of turtles, fish, alligator and other wildlife in their natural habitat. A representative from the Audubon Society was there and happy to help you identify some different types of birds. There is parking close to the boardwalk path and admission is free. It was a sure winner for us!
Written January 23, 2020
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