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Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

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Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

Hello,

My husband and I are going to be staying in Boca in late March. I'm looking for ideas for fun places to take him. He likes animals and nature; is there access to the Everglades anywhere near Boca? Suggestions for other parks or zoos welcome. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

The Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge is on the western border of Boca. There are several hikes that have good birding, and I've always seen alligators whenever I've gone. There is also an airboat ride available.

http://www.evergladesairboattours.com/ (Don't expect much useful info from the guide however. When I expressed surprise at the number of iguanas we saw, we were told that they had evolved millions of years ago in the Galapagos Islands and then came to Florida!)

You might also check out the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on the ocean in Boca. It has one of the last undisturbed shoreline ecosystems.

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2. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

I would recommend considering these local nature parks...

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands - 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland. pbcgov.com/parks/…

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands - Fifty acres of unused utilities land have been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem. Very close to Green Cay, so if you visit one, visit both. www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/

Daggerwing Nature Center - 'two 1/3 mile boardwalk trails which take you on a relaxing journey through natural swampland' also a good exhibit area. pbcgov.com/parks/…

Couple more links to park sites for nature centers/trails...

http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/nature/

broward.org/PARKS/…NaturalAreas.aspx

Enjoy your visit!

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3. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

I love the places mentioned before in the previous posts. Also you may consider Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, as well as Lion Country Safari. Look on their websites to see if they are your style and also for coupons. At Lion Country Safari, the coupon code is all they need for $8 off each person. At Green Cay, we saw the rare Painted Bunting male at the feeder outside the Nature Center which is open Wed. to Sat. 9 to 3. In Loxahatee, you can rent canoes and really go into the biggest wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi - 212 sq. miles, bring water, hats and sunscreen. This is the northern part of the Everglades with a cypress swamp. Also in Loxahachee, you may find big George, the old alligator. This is really a paradise with many birds.

Edited: 10:23 am, January 19, 2013
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4. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

Thanks so much, these are great!

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5. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

Check out the website for McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach. A bit of a drive - but well within your requested 60 mile radius. Have not been there myself but found out about it in planning a trip to Boca scheduled for May. This is the Number 1 rated attraction in West Palm Beach according to TripAdvisor and we can't wait to go.

http://www.mccarthyswildlifesanctuary.com/

Edited: 12:44 pm, February 22, 2013
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6. Re: Nature trips within 60 miles of Boca Raton

The Blowing Rocks at Jupiter are popular

too.http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/placesweprotect/blowing-rocks-preserve.xml

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