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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
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+1 561-734-8303
09:00 - 16:00
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The Refuge protects a remnant of the once vast northern Everglades. At the...

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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Nice day trip

Beautiful wetlands, uplands and everglades. Must see the visitors center, very well put together. Pick up a map from the nice volunteers and head out for several hikes. Make... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stuart, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although we got a good workout, we spent over 3 1/2 hours kayaking through what were essentially the same surroundings. It would have been more enjoyable if it were an hour or two, especially on a hot day, and if it hadn't been around $50. Bring plenty of water, and be prepared to sight many alligators swimming just inches from... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful wetlands, uplands and everglades. Must see the visitors center, very well put together. Pick up a map from the nice volunteers and head out for several hikes. Make sure you do the boardwalk first. Would love to have a home right in the middle of this boardwalk. We hiked to the boat ramp and watched the alligators. Takes about... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a beautiful well maintained nature reserved. There are plenty of sighs to explain what is going on, and lots of you can go daily and see new things daily

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Livonia, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place. Plenty of waterfowl, turtles, fish, and of course alligators. Also a short boardwalk trail that is nice.

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific boardwalk through the cypress swamp, you just never know what you'll see. be sure to visit the other sites up the road (turn right on your way out) - there is a pavilion overlooking a small pond, and further up a boat launch where you can stand at the top of a berm and get a 360 view of,... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

The boardwalk is a nice walk through nature - peaceful frog and bird sounds. This wasn't a great place for taking pictures for me, but we did spot an owl and a woodpecker. Very zen.

Thank Netanders
Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My 12 year old daughter and I rented a double kayak and traveled the 5.5 mile trail. It was peaceful and beautiful. We especially enjoyed seeing 4 mid size alligators (one that swam under our kayak) and a handful of baby alligators. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Whether your a hunter, photographer, this place is great. Gives you a look at the real Florida and what was.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Encroachment, overdevelopment, infestation by non native species, have endangered this great last wilderness in South Florida. Boaters have long transversed through the tall marsh grasses and fished and hunted in the "Glades." Commercial airboat operators offer short multiparty tours through the very tip of this amazing ecosystem. There is nothing like this place any where else in the world. Don... More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We were only able to walk on the boardwalk and go through the visitor's center while we were at the wildlife refuge. The boardwalk was very peaceful and enjoyable, but we didn't see any wildlife there,other than a few birds. The visitor's center was very interesting, with a virtual airboat ride. If you have time and are able, I would... More 

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