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Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 34 things to do in Boynton Beach Features Animals
10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
+1 561-734-8303
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Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator mating season is over so its a good time to visit Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Coral Springs, Florida

One of the best natural reserves. Elevated walkway nearly a mile thru preserved beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boynton Beach, Florida
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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 Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33473
+1 561-734-8303
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Reviewed yesterday

Alligator mating season is over so its a good time to visit Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. We have had lots of rain, and the staff has lots of rescues. You can take a boat and have a wonderful day in the refuge.

Thank 387indy
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best natural reserves. Elevated walkway nearly a mile thru preserved beautiful vegitation quite a verity of plants and trees Plenty of information Up the road additional areas all natural Plenty of picnic tables, plan to spend the day in this natural wonderland,...More

Thank tshediac
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for biking, kayaking, hiking, or just relaxing. Typically bring out of town visitors here, since gator sightings are almost guaranteed. I've seen photos of bobcats on their social media, but haven't had pleasure to see firsthand.

Thank wabi-sabi_Jamie
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Cypress Boardwalk is a must to see what this lowland area offers. It is marvelous. Easy to walk and shaded. The cypress trees and Spanish moss and other vegetation are beautiful. There is a nice visitor's center and helpful volunteers. There are other trails...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This is one of several venues that allow you to explore the habitats of the area. There is a very well done visitor center and a board walk thru a cypress swamp. Restrooms are available and there was no entrance fee to the area. On...More

Thank Howard P
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I wouldn't visit this refuge in the middle of the day. I brought my grandchildren and we had to leave.

Thank olivenfla
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I love this peaceful, beautiful place! Set behind Bedners farm this park opens up to raw florida preserved land. Areas to hike, kayak, canoe, bike, fish, picnic. Bike trail runs through county and I believe all the way to (through?) Ft. Laud. But what is...More

Thank YumAlerter
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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....More

Thank mrsirin
Reviewed 13 April 2017

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...More

Thank dej
Reviewed 13 April 2017

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

Thank Myra K
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Hi. I would like to come here with my (active) 90 year old dad. I'm 61 and love to walk. Is it good even for an hour or so? Would love to see birds, nests, etc. Thanks!
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
Stephanie B
Are there biking paths or is it on road?
31 March 2016|
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Response from Mike S | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are several. Just watch out for hikers.
arnold d
Is the canoe rental place now open?
10 January 2016|
Response from Elinor W | Property representative |
Yes, you can call Loxahatchee Canoeing at 561-733-0192.