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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33473-4797
+1 561-734-8303
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The edge of the Everglades in Boynton Beach

We visited often to fish and see the alligators and the edge of the Everglades. Rented a canoe and... read more

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PVWest
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South Florida
Come here To Find The Red-Shouldered Hawk Or The Snail Kites!

My wife and I were able to visit the refuge in April. This NWR is located along the southeastern... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BluegooseTraveler
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New York Mills, MN, United States
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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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10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33473-4797
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Reviewed yesterday

We visited often to fish and see the alligators and the edge of the Everglades. Rented a canoe and did the canoe trail with my daughter. It was a great experience paddling deep into the Everglades with alligators nearby but not interested in us. (It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were able to visit the refuge in April. This NWR is located along the southeastern coast of Florida, the visitors center is located west of the city of Boynton Beach. The refuge was established in 1951 to preserve some of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must go for any visitor in the West Boynton Beach area. A fabulous Nature Cente, butterfly garden, a small board walk through the cypress swamp, good docents, and then big walking trails with hundreds of square miles. There are canoe rentals and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trails and boardwalks for walking, biking, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, licensed hunting and fishing. Butterfly gardens, cypress swamps,, boat ramps, exotic species and fabulous tram tours. The biggest Alligator, George, hovers under the main fishing dock while mommy gators disguise their babies in marshes. Wild & controlled...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a refuge worth the drive. We arrived at the refuge during a temporary window of opportunity in an otherwise very rainy period. The visitor center has excellent exhibits and a virtual air boat ride. Entertaining and informative. Just outside the center is half...More

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We lived in Florida for for a number of years and would always find different locations to kayak, whether it was ocean or fresh water. We owned a 15 ft tandem fiberglass kayak. One day we decided to go to the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge which...More

Thank soonerboston
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Great marsh walks and the visitor center is fun for the kids! Good fishing spots! Make sure to only fish where allowed! And please, DON'T FEED THE ALLIGATORS! Remember to look and be respectful of their home!

Thank RVDoingThis
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

My suggestion to start your Everglades National Park trip here is based on the fact that you'll learn much about the Everglades Ecosystem here, in a "smaller," more compact setting. Although you'll definitely want to take a look at the refuge website, you should (must)...More

Thank urbanguy
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

This is a national refuge entering the Everglades. A cutback in federal and state funding for National parks and the Everglades is sadly evident. An obvious staff and equipment shortage has left this once stunningly beautiful attraction overgrown and unkempt appearing. Needed repairs and culling...More

Thank reelwise
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Due to low rain level , there was not much in the way of birds or gators. Spent time but saw only 2 or 3 birds. Green Cay and Watokahatchie better viewing.

Thank David N
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Carol R
7 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.
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27 August 2017|
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Response from elda m | Reviewed this property |
I don't know normally the cost is $5
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minniemeris
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
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