Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy this attraction, especially bird lovers. Wakodahatchee was built by the Water Utilities ... More
Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy this attraction, especially bird lovers. Wakodahatchee was built by the Water Utilities Department as a sanctuary for many species of birds, turtles and small native animals who drop by throughout the year. A three quarter mile boardwalk takes visitors around this beautiful site, where they can observe the wildlife in its natural habitat, possibly catching a glimpse of an alligator down in the water here and there. Free of charge and rarely crowded, Wakodahatchee is a lovely, relaxing escape, suitable for small children all the way up to seniors. Call ahead for hours.
Great for early morning & dusk photography. Nesting herons with fuzzy young-uns, spread-wing Anhingas, lots of big turtles, a 14 ft. gator on the island & a 6 footer up close, 3 ft. chartreuse iguana, rabbits, raccoons with babies, water snakes,coots, moorhens, and lots more! Bring a camera, binoculars, bird ID book, a sandwich and drinks. Walk slowly, look closely, speak quietly, and enjoy enormously!(Also visit Green Cay Wetlands & Visitor Center, due west, on Hagen Ranch Rd.)
I was recently in Delray Beach visiting my mother and was delighted to discover this place. I enjoyed it so much that I went three times in four days. On each visit I discovered something new: turtles, alligators (including on one visit a baby), an iguana, watersnakes, and more birds than I could count. If I lived in the area I would probably visit every day.
I enjoyed taking a brisk walk with my daughter and stopping whenever I wanted to...to view flora and fauna in their natural habitat. The fact that there was no charge was quite amazing ( I would have been happy to put a couple of dollars in a jar for this excellent wetlands experience...)
for a really great view, it would help to bring binoculars, but it is just as fun to see what you can with the naked eye.
My visit to the preserve was courtesy of my wife's uncles, who moved down recently from the Boston area and count this attraction as one of their favorite walking spots in Delray Beach, Florida. I concur.
I would recommend it to anyone that would like to take a stroll in the early morning or evening. The birds are beautiful and it is a very walkable boardwalk. They have done a fantastic job with this area. Make sure to take your camera.
Excellent short trip.
The wetlands is a part of a Project with Palm Beach Water District.
There is a board walk to view the wetlands, flora, and fauna. There are several birds and lot's of bullrush on the water.
There is no fee. There are many people taking pictures. It's definitely a serene place in the middle of the busy city.
Perfect to go back to and take a walk, take photos, or enjoy a mini-field trip(takes about 1 hour)
Definitely recommend visiting again.
A lovely place to walk, view nature, and even see crocodiles. Away from the hustle and bustle of busy south Florida. Boardwalks take you along a path which has plenty of places to sit down in the shade along the way, so it is easy to take an elderly relative if he or she can walk 100 yards or so. We left my mother in law in the first covered seating area and she was happy watching the wildlife as we walked the perimeter of the park, about a half an hour, if you don't stop.
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