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Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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As a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Wakodahatchee Wetlands features open ponds, marshes, and islands with a public boardwalk and interpretive signs. Over 140 species of birds have been spotted at the site, as well as turtles, alligators, raccoons, frogs, and rabbits. Within its rich flora, you'll see palm trees, oaks, numerous flowers, and aquatic plants. This 20 hectare (50 acre) park also offers gazebos with benches. Dress comfortably for the 2.4 km (1.5 mi) hike along the boardwalk, which teaches wetland ecology through interpretive signs. For Wakodahatchee Wetlands and beyond, use our Delray Beach online trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Delray Beach vacation.
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  • We had the pleasure of being there during hatching season for many wading birds. Walking paths take you so close to multiple nesting trees that you don't need any special equipment to see... 
    We had the pleasure of being there during hatching season for many wading birds. Walking paths take you so close to multiple nesting trees that you don't need any special equipment to see...  more »
  • Took my son's family there for a mid-day visit. Our granddaughter really enjoyed seeing the various birds, and a few gators. Getting a spot to park wasn't an issue; plenty available. Nice way to.....  more
    Took my son's family there for a mid-day visit. Our granddaughter really enjoyed seeing the various birds, and a few gators. Getting a spot to park wasn't an issue; plenty available. Nice way to.....  more »
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  • The Wakodahatchee Wetlands natural preserve deserves the highest rating, not just because foresighted conservationists reclaimed the land for a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of south Florida urban sprawl, but because of the beautiful experience. Raised boardwalks route the visitor through lake and swamp in an aesthetically pleasing layout. One can see a thriving assortment of large exotic birds nesting in the tree branches and turtles carefully plying shallow water with lurking alligators. Lizards scamper about amusing sightseers. Dragonflies buzz by indifferent to the spectators as do herons and egrets very low overhead.
  • Get there early for the roosting season (late March)- the p lit films quickly and away 9 am, there's a long wait for a parking spot! Unfortunately, people are there for a variety of reasons: There are those who are photographing, and those who are without camera bird watching. There are folks out for a jog/ walk and those who are out in small groups interested in birds as much as having a (loud) conversation... those are usually the snowbirds! Please pick up after yourself and enjoy our south Florida wildlife!

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