Visiting the Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a great and easy way to get a taste of the vast flora and fauna that Florida offers. The wooden walkway that hovers a few feet above the wetland allows you to safely enjoy the habitat. While you are guaranteed to see countless birds, turtles and reptiles, you have a good shot at seeing a mighty alligator ro two. The boardwalk stretches for three-quarters of a mile, but it feels longer as you can't help but stop and stare at all the iguanas hanging out on the grass and in the trees. The 50-acre area was constructed to recycle local water utilities and educate the pubic on the importance of these areas. According to Wikipedia, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department’s Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility pumps approximately two million gallons of highly treated water into the area each day.
There are multiple areas designed to re-create natural habitat. A deep pool with two islands allows larger animals to roost while swampy, shallow ponds are perfect for hosting the bugs and worms that smaller birds require. Some of the common bird species here include the great blue heron, snowy egret, double crested cormorant, and the unfortunately-named yet beautiful swamphen. This is an impressive area with many different types of animals, and that its all free! It is a must-do for nature lovers in the area. Don't forget your binoculars and telephoto lens. There are bathrooms near the trailhead, but bring some water and be careful for hot the summer days. If you have time, check out the Morikami Japanese Gardens located not too far away.