John D. Macarthur Beach State Park
Almost 2 miles of beach, good fishing and shelling, and one of the
finest examples of subtropical coastal habitat remaining in southeast
Florida can be found here. Guided walk is available to a mangrove
estuary along the upper reaches of Lake Worth.
William T. Kirby Nature Center
Open Wednesday-Monday from 9 to 5and features exhibits on the coastal
10900 Rte. A1A, North Palm Beach
Palm Beach Zoo At Dreher Park
1301 Summit Blvd.
561-533-0887 or 561-547-9453.
Daily 9-5 (until 7 on spring and summer weekends).
This excellent zoo is a 23-acre complex with more than 500 animals
representing more than 100 species, including Florida panthers, red
kangaroos, and Bengal tigers. The newest exhibit, Tropics of America,
has six acres of tropical rain forest plus Mayan ruins, an Amazon river
village, and an aviary. Also of note are a nature trail, an Australian
Outback exhibit, and a children's zoo.
Loggerhead Park Marine Life Center
1200 U.S. 1 (entrance on west side of park), Juno Beach, 561-627-8280.
Donation welcome. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-3.
Established by Eleanor N. Fletcher, "the turtle lady of Juno Beach," the
center just south of Jupiter focuses on the natural history of sea
turtles. Also on view are displays of coastal natural history, sharks,
whales, and shells.
Lake Worth Municipal Park
Rte. A1A at end of Lake Worth Bridge
Pool. Daily 9-5.
This recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean has a beach, Olympic-size
swimming pool, fishing pier, picnic areas, shuffleboard, restaurants,
Arthur R. Marshall-Loxahatchee National
10119 Lee Rd., off U.S. 441 between Boynton Beach Blvd. (Rte. 804) and
Atlantic Ave. (Rte. 806), west of Boynton Beach
Daily 6 AM-sunset; visitor center weekdays 9-4, weekends 9-4:30
Entrance fees apply.
The refuge, established in 1951, is the last remnant of land in the
northern Everglades in South Florida. It was acquired in an effort to
protect migratory birds, endangered species and the remaining 147,368
acres of northern Everglades habitat. Celebrate Florida's National
Wildlife Refuges. Discover the uniqueness of the Florida Everglades as
you participate in a variety of programs offered free of charge. Be sure
to bring a camera and binoculars to explore the nature trails or canoe
trail. Look closely for anhingas, fulvous whistling ducks, smooth-billed
anis, egrets, herons, alligators and turtles. Arthur R. Marshall
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is full of surprises.
The American Orchid Society
Once housed in a Palm Beach mansion, the Orchid Society recently opened
at its new headquarters on the grounds of the Morikami Museum
Featured are hundreds of breeds of orchids, the most common of which is
the traditional prom corsage orchid, and the decorative dendrobium, a
long stalk ranging from 4-18 inches with multiple flowers.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N. Ocean Blvd.
Donation welcome; turtle tours extra (tickets must be obtained in
advance). Mon.-Sat. 9-4, Sun. noon-4; turtle tours late May-mid-July,
Mon.-Thurs. 9 PM-midnight.
Children enjoy are the four huge saltwater sea tanks containing an
abundance of sealife -- from coral to stingrays. A long boardwalk winds
through dense forest to a 50-ft tower you can climb to overlook the tree
canopy. In the spring and early summer, staff members lead nighttime
turtle walks to see nesting females come ashore and lay their eggs.
Knollwood Groves / Hallpatee Seminole Village
8053 Lawrence Road
Boynton Beach 561-734-4800 or (800) 222-9696
Open all year.
Discover a taste of "Old Florida" at Palm Beach County's oldest working
orange grove. Enjoy a tram ride through the grove & tropical flowering
jungle and visit a Native Indian village and alligator pit. Live
alligator handling show every Saturday. gift shop & fresh fruit market.
Loxahatchee Everglades Tour
Enjoy air boat tours, and see Florida the way it used to be. Loxahatchee
Everglades Tours are open to the public.. Guided tours are available
every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A one-hour environmental tour is
available for reservations of parties 15 or more.
Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
14200 U.S. Highway 1 at Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach,
561-627-8280, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 3
p.m. on Sunday. No admission charge. Donations Appreciated. More Info
Visit endangered sea turtles in a rehabilitation facility. Aquariums &
marine life exhibits help visitors understand the fragile environment.
Okeeheelee Nature Center
Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Walk along the nature trails that wind through 100 acres of native pine
Flatwoods and wetlands. The center's 2.5 miles of trails include paved
trails designed to be accessible to strollers and the handicapped. They
feature soft surface trails leading into more remote areas of the
sanctuary. The spacious visitor center offers hands-on exhibits and the
gift shop offers items related to natural history.