Parks & Wildlife
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.