One of the greatest qualities of Palm Beach County is its bountiful natural environments. The local people and seasonal residents alike have cherished the wildlife and natural beauty of our area for decades and because of the love we feel for Florida’s natural environment many of local refuges and sanctuaries exist. Here are some of the top places to visit if you adore nature and want to preserve Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife!
Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach
Located just north of the Everglades in Boynton Beach, Florida is the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a dedicated organization that is devoted to preserving the wildlife of the Florida Everglades.
What makes the Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge so special is that not only do they serve a great cause but it is a fun place to learn, visit and give back to our native environment. The refuge prides itself on preserving animals like the endangered snail kite, the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator. When you enter through the main entrance of the park you will be greeted by ample wildlife, beautiful greenery. Some of the things to do when you visit the park include a gorgeous butterfly garden, miles of walking and hiking trails, observation areas, and biking trails, kayaking and canoeing.
Phil Foster Park and Singer Island Outdoor Center
Adventure, learning and exploring await you at the Singer Island Outdoor Center at Phil Foster Park in Singer Island. Kayaking, paddle boarding, exploring, and snorkeling are just some of the things you will get to do when you visit the Singer Island Outdoor Center.
The employees at the Park Concession are experts on adventure and take great pride in making sure each guest gets the most out of their experience at the Singer Island Outdoor Center. The park promises, “If its your first time, we pride ourselves in making sure everyone gets a good overview on paddling technique, safety instructions, and a trip plan so that you can explore the area with confidence and ease, no matter your experience level.”
If kayaking and paddle boarding are not your best skill don’t worry! You can choose a different mode of travel or you can sign up for lessons on paddle boarding or kayaking. One of the things that makes The Singer Island Outdoor Center so special is its snorkeling. Experience a life-changing day of snorkeling at the Singer Island Outdoor Center. Swim next to sea turtles, stingrays, starfish, manatees and a rainbow of tropical fish. The guided snorkeling tours are perfect for adventurers of any age, kids to adults.
The Singer Island Outdoor Center is located at Phil Foster Park, 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. The park is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. For more information, please visit www.SingerIslandOutdoorCenter.com or call 561-839-5130.
Jupiter River Center Public Tour and Fish Feeding
The Jupiter River Center is a fun destination for locals or tourists. The River Center offers its guests amazing facilities with live aquatic tanks, interactive exhibits, and a touch tank that represents the ecosystem of the Loxahatchee River, from freshwater cypress swamps to sea grass estuaries to marine bionetworks.
“The center provides a fun, educational opportunity for school children, adults, visitors, and long-time residents to learn about Florida’s first National Wild and Scenic River.” And their mission “is to foster a sense of environmental stewardship for the Loxahatchee River’s diverse watershed with quality education programs, exhibits and meaningful events.”
Every Saturday from 2pm-3pm the Jupiter River Center staff hosts a tour through the facility with an interactive and unique touch tank exhibit, as well as to view a live feeding of the resident animals. All ages are welcomed and no RSVP is required. Admission is free to the public but donations are greatly appreciated and help the staff and animals at the River Center. Call the River Center at 561-743-7123 for more information.