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“A Beautiful Day with Nature”

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.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here very much. The Visitors Center was small, but had some excellent displays. Be sure and check out the interactive "night in the Everglades" and the virtual airboat ride. The movie was closed the day we were there, but I would definitely go back to see that. The volunteers were extremely helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the peacefulness of the Cypress Swamp and the Marsh walk where we saw lots of birds and turtles. If you are into bird watching be sure and bring binoculars. We drove down to the pier and considered renting a canoe, but decided to leave that for another time. We didn't need bug spray as there was a bit of a breeze, but I would definitely suggest bringing it and bottled water on the trails.

Thank Deborah W
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Thousands of acres in its natural state. Excellent walking trails surrounded by wildlife; birds, alligators, flora and fauna. A $5 parking fee gets you in, and you can reserve a 60 to 90 minute tram ride around the grounds with a guide for free. It only seats 6, so you need to reserve in advance. Small display in visitors center is forgettable, this place is about the outdoors. Worth it.

1  Thank ITL57
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

The Visitor Center has some excellent displays as well as a very good 18 minute movie about saving the Everglades. We saw 3 otters playing and eating right outside the Visitor Center. Not much else to see along the board walk but it is a nice walk. I would like to be there in the late afternoon when the birds return to the area to nest.

1  Thank Judith M
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This refuge is a gem. According to U. S. Fish and Wildlife, there is the potential to spot 250 bird species. Even if you are not into the terrific birding, it's a great place to walk without the intrusion of traffic and noise. And let's not forget the alligators! We saw a very large one hanging out by the fishing pier. Kudos to Fish & Wildlife for the great displays at the Visitor Center. We particularly enjoyed the nighttime wildlife exhibit. Don't miss this lovely spot. Adults and children alike will enjoy the Refuge. Oh, yes, the entrance fee is only $5 for the car.

Thank CJMNY
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

The walks are lovely and the visitor center has some interesting info. However, I've been here several times and don't see many birds or other wildlife. If you want to see birds, go to Green Cay or Wakodahatchee.

Thank abdtNewYork_NY
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