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Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Cedar Key, FL
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One of the largest unspoiled estuarine systems in the U.S.

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Nicely marked trail

We didn't make it far into the refuge—parked and followed the first marked trail. An easy walk, with great vistas. Midday, and birds not very active. A male cardinal greeted us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2015
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Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

We didn't make it far into the refuge—parked and followed the first marked trail. An easy walk, with great vistas. Midday, and birds not very active. A male cardinal greeted us. More fiddler crabs than I've ever seen; the ground under the boardwalk was undulating with them! Driving out of the refuge, a red-shouldered hawk landed on a branch, and... More 

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newcastle upon tytne
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Get off the beaten track and follow the free car route through the refuge and you will see all sorts of animals in their own habitats and best of all it is free. You spend a lot of money going to Bush Gardens and places around Orlando etc to see these animals but they are not as good as seeing... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Wonderfully peaceful, great for birding, siting nests, intriguing walks along secluded boardwalks, even the dog loves the area, and the entire area is pet friendly.

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SOUTH PASADENA
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150 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Sadly, the tour road was closed when we arrived in the evening. Surely there must be some mistake for it is supposed to be open sunrise to sunset. So we went back in the morning only to find it still closed. We left a message at the phone number posted there. I did get a call back early Monday morning... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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112 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

This is a nice place to spend the day if you love birds, and wildlife in general. We did come home with a few ticks on us, so take precautions. My boys had a great time wondering around, and hunting for trails to follow. I enjoyed the birds and trees.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Took the very short trail to an Indian mound but it was so buggy with deer flies and mosquitoes that we ran all the way. Luckily it was only about 1/4 mile! Best to visit in winter I guess.

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1 Thank hlaurence
North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

We parked at the south gate, unloaded the bicycles and rode under the shade canopy to the music of tropical bird screeching and song. Our quiet approached allowed us to surprise several families of wild pigs and hear other animals in the woods. We rode on a cool morning in May and took insect repellant. A side road to the... More 

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New Jersey
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75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

We took the nine mile drive (a little boring) and went to the ranger station, only to find it closed, although according to the sign, it should have been open. There is a little loop near the station, out to the Swanee River. This was nice, but we really did not see anything spectacular. Still, it was something to do... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

Just a great out of the way spot to spend some time either fishing or relaxing and enjoying nature. Unfortunately it is still amazing how many "people" still do not grasp the concept of DO NOT LITTER though, so please,if you carry it in,carry it out.

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

We were on a trip to nowhere and had spent a few nights in Cedar Key. We were on our way further south when we spotted the sign to the Shell Mound that was 2 days ago and we just booked a place in suwannee for the next week. There are tons of places to drive and hike. We took... More 

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