An elevated six-tenths-mile-long boardwalk and observation tower lead over the lush swamp at Daggerwing Nature Center with its butterflies, gators, and egrets in swank Boca Raton. Indoors, an art gallery features local creations and exhibits with an outdoorsy feel.
Green Cay’s delightful mile-and-a-half boardwalk (left) teams with access to waterfowl, turtles, birds, and more. Pop into the Boynton Beach center to see
a turtle pond, movie, and gift shop.
Reptiles, owls, and birds of prey abound at the hands-on Okeeheelee Nature Center in West Palm Beach with its 2½ miles of trails through wetlands and pine flatwoods.
The Wakodahatchee Wetlands (right) in Delray Beach is a fine union between the county water utilities department and nature with a ¾-mile boardwalk over ponds that are part of the water-filtering system.
The vast Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge about 10 miles west of Boynton Beach is a piece of the Everglades with trails, observation platform, 12-mile bike path, visitors center, butterfly garden, and tours. Follow the nearly mile-long Marsh Trail for a walk with the wild. (www.fws.gov, $5 per car)