Parks & Wildlife

PALM BEACH

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – The Sanctuary offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Florida’s wildlife and natural environments. Nature trails lined with wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, snakes, and bears abound.  This is more than just a place to see animals, it’s a real wildlife adventure.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – This 20 acre coastal and marine preserve rescues and provides refuge for sea turtles, sharks, and many varieties of rare and endangered plants and animals. Visit the seawater tanks, take a stroll though the butterfly garden, walk through the hardwood hammock along a boardwalk and climb a 40 foot tower for a spectacular panoramic ocean view.

John D. MacArthur State Park and Nature Center – Share a true Florida experience through kayaking, fishing, butterfly and bird-watching, strolling shaded nature trails, swimming, and snorkeling. From the parking lot, take the tram or walk across the 1600 foot long bridge over the estuary to one of Florida’s finest beaches.

Lion Country Safari – Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Spend the day on safari with over 900 animals as they walk around freely past your car. It’s also the best way to get up close and personal with giraffes, zebras, and lions. Walk through the petting zoo and explore Safari World, which includes amusement park-type rides, paddle boats, a sprayground and mini golf.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Located adjacent to the most important sea turtle nesting beach in the world, Loggerhead is an education and ocean conservation facility and sea turtle hospital. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquarium and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – Discover a portion of the once vast northern Everglades that provides habitat and protection for endangered wildlife. Explore through bird and nature walks (0.4-mile boardwalk trail) or canoe trips.

Green Cay Nature Center – The wetlands features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat. The Nature Center includes live animals in an extensive exhibit room. Science for Seniors is designed for adults 50+ with a desire to learn more about our environment. Cost $5/program.

Mounts Botanical Garden – Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden provide a comprehensive overview of horticultural and botanical information related to South Florida’s unique plants and environment. Beautiful displays of tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus and palms. Special events throughout the year.

Palm Beach Zoo – Houses over 1,400 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. Also features daily performances of the “Wings Over Water” bird show and “Wild Things” show, a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, and a full service restaurant.

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick – Relax in the serene “Grandma’s Garden” and enjoy the swans, a giant tortoise, parrots, miniature donkeys, and a variety of trees and foliage. There is NO bending, kneeling or getting dirty since this is a hydroponic farm, featuring a state-of-the-art system for delivering nutrients to the plants. Stop in their old fashioned ice cream parlor and country store for homemade ice cream, hand-dipped and custom decorated strawberries, jams, preserves and sauces.

Wakodahatchee Wetlands – Experience Florida’s natural habitat as you walk along the 3/4 mile boardwalk into a wildlife photographer’s paradise. The walk is comfortable and interesting with plenty of stops for shade or sitting. Visitors are easily mesmerized by the alligators, turtles, blue and green herons, egrets, storks, and whistling ducks.

TREASURE COAST

Blowing Rocks Preserve – This magnificently restored environmental preserve contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the state’s east coast.  Traverse an interpretative trail shaded by sea grapes, peer into tidal pools, visit the educational center and butterfly garden, or explore the many sea caves carved out of the shore.

Environmental Learning Center – Experience native Florida in a peaceful lagoon setting with beautiful vistas and close-up encounters with wildlife and native plants in a setting that inspires wellness. On-site features include extensive boardwalks and walking trails, a greenhouse, pontoon boat rides, a 145-gallon touch-tank, aquariums, picnic facilities and waterside pavilion.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center – This 57-acre marine life nature center houses a 750,000-gallon game fish lagoon, network of nature trails, sea star touch-tank and stingray pavilion, as well as the Frances Langford Visitor’s Center.

FPL Sea Turtle Walks – Committed to Sea Turtle Conservation efforts, FPL offers free Turtle Walks Friday and Saturday nights in June and July. Attendees will gather for a brief orientation before being taken to the beach to view a nesting turtle when possible. The line for reservations opens on May 1st and reservations are required to attend.

Halpatiokee Regional Park – At the heart of Halpatiokee Regional Park sits the South Fork River. A haven for hiking, geocaching, canoeing, kayaking and bicycling enthusiasts, this park within a preserve boasts nearly 500 acres of varied landscape including pine flatwoods, oak hammock, scrub and river land. Be on the lookout for great blue heron, blue jays, gopher tortoises, black racers, cloudless sulphur and the red-bellied woodpecker.

McKee Botanical Garden –  Preserved and restored to the vision of its founders, McKee Botanical Garden is where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida Charm. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McKee hosts a variety of programs each season including world-class art exhibits, educational offerings and special events for the enjoyment and enrichment of all.

Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens –  Nestled on the banks of the beautiful, pristine North Fork of the St. Lucie River, this 20-acre property boasts a lake with a fountain, beautiful gardens, a pavilion, gift shop and ample public parking. Take a leisurely stroll among the orchids, bromeliads, exotic fruit trees, butterflies, palms, hibiscus, cacti and art from world renown artists, while enjoying the tranquility of nature’s beautiful landscape.

Savannas Preserve State Park – Stretching more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, Savannas Preserve State Park  is the largest and most intact remnant of Florida’s east coast savannas. The wetlands serve as the ideal backdrop for popular activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and wildlife photography, while over eight miles of multi-use trails provide excellent opportunities for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.