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Secret Woods Nature Center

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Address: 2701 W State Road 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312-4827
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The name is perfect

Secret Woods is a perfect name for this place. It is hard to believe that is in the heart of a metropolitan area. Apart from hearing traffic from time to time, you would not... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brian S
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband I love walking in natural environments and observing. I enjoyed watching a heron hunt for food, crabs scurrying around. Listening to the birds' chatter and the squirrel bark. I enjoyed watching the boats, and the butterflies. Looking at the trees, flowers and ferns. It was a lovely afternoon relaxing I the Secret Woods.

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Thank R W
Saint Louis, Missouri
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Secret Woods is a perfect name for this place. It is hard to believe that is in the heart of a metropolitan area. Apart from hearing traffic from time to time, you would not know you were still in the city. There are two nice trails here; one is a mulch covered trail, the other is a boardwalk trail. I... More 

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Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your visit! More 

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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough about the beauty of this hidden little gem of a nature preserve! There were fun things to see around every corner! It was disappointing to see the terrible consequences of over population and poor civic responsibility on our waterways. It is very informative to children and adolescents to see the direct impact that each littering event... More 

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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a few hours before our flight and found this nature center to walk thru,it was fun view the native plants & some animals/insects.

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Thank Pamela M
Mississauga, Canada
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

There are many trails, from very short going to the butterfly garden to medium at 1200 feet to long at 3200 feet. I liked this one the most as part of it parallels the river where you can watch the boats go by. Also on the far side you can see some amazing houses, but one was blocked from view... More 

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Thank Minkster56
Huntington, New York
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to walk, meditate, run, take kids really enjoy nature here. Great boardwalks here. It's free and a better place to go with family then being cooped up indoors somewhere. Great place!!!

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Thank Tammi C
North Carolina
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300 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Not sure if it was the time of year but if so you might want to avoid February if you are going here expecting to see anything besides vegetation. The nature trails are nice and even elevated in most places. There just weren't any animals to be seen. The nature center probably has the nicest rest rooms of any public... More 

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Thank retiree2
Dania Beach, Florida
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This park is not well known and should be. It's a beautiful nature center and a great experience for children 7 years and up. There are nice walkways, a butterfly garden, an area along the intercoastal where manatees have been spotted. They also have a room, especially for children, for teaching about the nature of the area. It would be... More 

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Thank LindasDoral
Malaga, Spain
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305 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Most of it is boardwalk and shaded by trees. I saw little wild life, but maybe 10am is a little too late or I should have asked a ranger. Saw the ripple of a Manatee wake. two butterflies, one bird, one balloon stuck in a tree and a tin can. Plenty of Spiders and a few crabs.

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Thank Stewart1234567
Jefferson City, Missouri
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97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is a beautiful place to visit. Butterfly Island had many Zebra butterflies that were fascinating to watch flit around. The trails are short but beautiful with much of the way on a boardwalk through the wetland. We saw crabs and unusual birds and squirrels in addition to the butterflies. This is a great place for a relaxing stroll but... More 

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