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Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Palm Beach County

Southeast Atlantic Coast, Florida

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  • Entrance sign to the Wakodahatchee Wetlands- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Trailhead.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • The boardwalk at Wakodahatchee Wetlands keeps you above the habitat. - Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A large (between 10 and 12 feet) alligator sunbathing on a small island in the deepest waters of the area.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • What a sight!- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • The iridescent coloring of the glossy ibis.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A large male green iguana who has turned orange for mating season.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • An iguana leaping from the boardwalk to the trees.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A double crested cormorant.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A turtle hidden in the silt.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A little blue heron fishing.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A beautiful swamphen.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A smaller alligator hanging out on the surface.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • It is scary how well these guys blend in.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Wakodahatchee Wetlands.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • There are many gazebos for shade and information signs along the way.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A swamphen and two moorhens.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • There is so much action here! Can you see the iguana as well?- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Wakodahatchee Wetlands.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A welcomed shaded section of the trail.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • A Florida softshell turtle.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Don't forget your binoculars!- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Can you see the iguana on the right?- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • An alligator in Wakodahatchee Wetlands.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Tri-Colored Heron- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Alligator and iguana.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Getting up close and personal in Wakodahatchee Wetlands.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
  • Juvenile alligator.- Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Free. Close to town. Easy access for all.
Cons: 
Can be very hot in summer. Crowded at times.
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Region:
Southeast Atlantic Coast, FL
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

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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.

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