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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: 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.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good place 2 hike”
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

I went New Year's Eve 2012. I saw 4 alligators but in the spring I normally see 15. It was too chilly to kayak in the Everglades, but last spring I was able to. The kayak allows one to see baby alligators swimming in little reed ponds and fully grown gators often swim under the kayaks. Many turtles and gigantic birds call loxahatchee home. Its fishing is good if aligators dont take the fish. A very good place to spend an hour or two.

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Becket, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“wonderful day on the water”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

We had a great day at the Loxahatchee National refuge. We got great advice for hiking from the staff at the visitor center - they were welcoming and as helpful as could be! We did the Cypress trail boardwalk, and then went out to hike on the main trails. Saw one alligator and many birds. We stopped to talk to 2 women who were doing bird counts, and they gave us lots of tips including sending us to Green Cay and Wakodahatchee refuges which we went to later in the day (spectacular) We did the 5.5 mile canoe trip on the river. We saw many alligators including one who swam next to our canoe. Highly recommend the canoe trip! On the way out we saw a nesting pair of owls. This is a really nice park - lots of things to do for young and old, and a very nice visitors center.

Visited February 2013
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Madison, WI
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nesting season!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just got back. Outstanding birding, great photo opps. Many birds are actively nesting (egrets, great blue herons, cormorants and anhingas), with easy opportunities to photograph from a well maintained boardwalk. Many different terrains, from wetlands, to mudflats, to more open water, guaranteeing a variety of birds. Folks are very friendly, and happy to share their "findings" and to teach. Go early in the morning, but the evening is really cool when all of the birds start flying in to roost for the night. The trees are FULL of ibis, herons, cormorants, anhingas. A MUST DO.

Visited February 2013
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Midland Park, NJ
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a birder's "must do." Take advantage of a guided bird walk if you can link up with a group. I've done this by myself and with a group. Alligators are abundant, and I once had an armadillo toddle right across my path.

Visited February 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“beautiful hideaway”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

I went on their everglades celebration day. They provided mini-buses thru-out with stops at key points. Lots of native birds in the bird sanctuary, the marsh lands were like going back to the old south. They also provided very interesting lectures.

Visited February 2013
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