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Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Cedar Key, FL
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+1 352-493-0238
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Mon - Fri 07:30 - 16:00

One of the largest unspoiled estuarine systems in the U.S.

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Nice drive

We drove through this wildlife refuge and we thought it was a nice drive about 8 miles. There are places to stop along the way and walk around we mostly saw birds but I am sure... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carla P
St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove through this wildlife refuge and we thought it was a nice drive about 8 miles. There are places to stop along the way and walk around we mostly saw birds but I am sure if we walked around more we probably would have seen some animals or gators.

Thank Carla P
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove through the refuge and made quick stops but saw lots of wildlife. Touted as a birding paradise and although we saw a few birds, we enjoyed seeing some alligators, and wild boars and deer. Went in the early evening and it was delightfully deserted

Thank Steve S
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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300 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw lots of birds, wildflowers, butterflies, deer, non-venomous snakes and a gator. The trails were in good shape and there were very few visitors. We did lots of hiking but also enjoyed the wildlife drive. The areas around the little ponds were really pretty

Thank Janna64
Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent time driving this 9 mile loop. Road good, several viewing spots. Didn't see any birds or wildlife. Might have been the time of day.

Thank Jerry S
Lombard, Illinois
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We just spent the better part of a day wandering to the different stops along Hwy 347 northeast of Cedar Key. First stop was Shell Mound, where we happened upon a ranger who gave us a map and a few recommendations. We skipped past the nature trail that you can drive along (we did it two years ago, and saw... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We stayed in Cedar Key in Oct 2016 and decided to venture out beyond the island. The Wildlife Refuge was a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, saw amazing trees, wildlife and met some lovely people from all over.

Thank Toni R
Orlando, Florida
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195 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

If traveling in Florida towards Cedar Key consider a side drive to the Suwannee refuge where a short hike brings you to a boardwalk down to the historic river... worth the walk

Thank Marc W
Lewes, Delaware
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231 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great park to spend so time enjoying nature and to get some local history. There are several nice hiking trails that take you out into the marsh areas. They have elevated walkways that really allow you to get close to nature. There is also a fishing pier and a boat ramp area. Both were active during our... More 

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Mercer Island
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Wow! Absolutely interesting and beautiful. We walked both the river loop and the Shell Mound loop. The US Fish and Wildlife personnel ( both paid and volunteer) are stellar. The archeology of the hunter gatherer shell people from thousands of years ago is fascinating. A special thank you to Ron and "Mayor" Don for their time, information and kindness.

DeLand, Florida
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154 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Loads of local and regional information, maps, pamphlets, little gifts to take back to friends, and a friendly staff.


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