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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
+1 561-734-8303
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Gators in the Wild

We are a family from Wisconsin warming up for a week in Florida so of course we want to see gators... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert W
Muskego, Wisconsin
via mobile
Good nature center but limited outdoor interest

Staff was available and eager to promote their facility, but not especially effective in conveying... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Haven, Connecticut
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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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“visitor center” (34 reviews)
“cypress swamp” (23 reviews)
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10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
+1 561-734-8303
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family from Wisconsin warming up for a week in Florida so of course we want to see gators in the wild and we did. The park is easy to navigate, the entrance fee is reasonable, and they even let us use some...More

2  Thank Robert W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff was available and eager to promote their facility, but not especially effective in conveying information; map and signage were not clear. However, we did have a crocodile sighting here! Up close and personal, right on the edge of the main walking trail into the...More

Thank GayleWalter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful short Swamp hike near the Visitors Center. Staff in the Visitors Center very helpful. You can also hike the levees which can be very productive for birding

Thank Janine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The water level is up so high that the alligators and wildlife that are usually so prevalant are hard to find.There is no reason for the boat ramps to be under water.

1  Thank agdlaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this place. It is so peaceful and beautiful. Although it is open to everyone, it does not have the hustle and bustle of a tourist attraction. There are park benches and trails. After you are done, you can stop by the farmers market...More

1  Thank 811wisamh
Reviewed 14 January 2018

Loved this place, especially the boardwalk through the cypress swamp where we came upon three limpkins casually wading through the water, stopping now and then to munch on a snail. Lots of great displays and information and walking trails and other birds. Wish we'd had...More

2  Thank Kim H
Reviewed 14 January 2018

That's right. Even if you're old like us, and you can't walk too far, you can still enjoy nature at the Arthur Marshall Loxahatchee Nature Preserve. You can call ahead and reserve a seat on the little tram. 561-734-8303. They will show you a movie...More

1  Thank LucyandMartha S
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

You can walk forever here! There are grass/sand banks and straight paths for miles between watered canals that use tone larger water areas but now overgrown with vegetation. It’s a place that u see some people but also has a sense of privacy and stark...More

Thank MagicMarla
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We rented canoes and ventured into the Everglades under the watchful eye of a naturalist guide. The weather was pretty dismal but that sometimes happens. Maybe better to be too cool than too hot and sunny. The canoe "trail" winds through the native grasses and...More

1  Thank judyoren
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

This place was a fantastic find. We can't wait to go back on our next visit to the area. I went with my teenage daughter for a few hours and wish we had more time. We saw gators, tons of birds and one very large...More

Thank Q32UJmarke
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Carol R
6 February 2018|
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Response from judyoren | Reviewed this property |
You absolutely can and it's great. There are kayaks and canoes for rent or you can bring your own. A naturalumist guide leads a tour throu the Glades on Sat. am. You have to sign up in advance. Call 561-734-8303 for info.
27 August 2017|
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Response from elda m | Reviewed this property |
I don't know normally the cost is $5
1 December 2016|
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Response from Elinor W | Property representative |
Yes, certainly! We have a .4 mile cypress swamp boardwalk behind the Visitor Center that your Dad might enjoy. You mostly see cypress trees and ferns and hear the birds there more than see them. We have the Marsh Trail... More