National Parks / Natural World
Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton
Where is it at?
Daggerwing Nature Center
11435 Park Access Road
Tel: 561 966-6655
Where are we going today?
Florida has some amazing wildlife and nature, so why not explore it on your family day out!
Daggerwing Nature Center is located within the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, Florida, and has a host of nature experiences and wildlife encounters for the whole family!
A great place to start is the exhibit hall, with 3,000 square feet of amazing exhibits. There are live animals for you to experience, and hands-on state of the art exhibits where kids can learn all about the nature that surrounds them.
There is even an elevated boardwalk which will take you on a journey through a mysterious swamp! The boardwalk has two trails, so you can spend some time really just enjoying nature at your own pace. There is bench-style seating for those who want to take it easy and just breathe it all in, and there is an observation tower which is perfect for the kids to really get a great look at the abundant plant and animal life!
It's worth just spending some time in the one place and really learning about the animals, and trying to spot them! Perhaps you'll see those noisy woodpeckers, or those colorful butterflies. There are osprey, endangered wood storks, and don't be alarmed....but alligators too! Don't worry they just want to say hi!
There is even a Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly - try and spot it! It's the colorful namesake of the Daggerwing Nature Center.
The idea behind the center is to encourage families and kids to appreciate the natural environment around them. Kids can learn all about conservation, and appreciate why we need to look after our planet. An invaluable experience!
Get ready to explore the beautiful nature of Florida!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Exhibits: 1pm - 4:30pm Wed to Fri / 10am - 4:30pm Sat. Trails daily sunrise to sunset.
All year round, but closed during observed holidays and exhibits closed Sun - Tues.
They do offer programs 10am - 4pm Tues - Sat but these are by reservation only. They have a number of programs perfect for kids so give them a call!.
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget to bring a camera! For those enthusiasts, why not bring a notebook and make a list of all the wildlife you see!.
Doing our bit
They want to create an awareness and appreciation of the environment for kids and adults alike!.
Need a little extra help?
The nature center and boardwalk are all ADA accessible!.
Can I get one of those?
You can certainly have a birthday party there if you wanted to! You'll be surrounded by wild animals too!.
They aren't able to accept sick or injured wildlife if you find it, but they can give you advise on what to do should this occur. .
What people are saying?
by Callie Sharkey
Great Facility (but the Google posted hours are wrong!) - be sure to call or visit the website for the most accurate information!
by Dominic Caffey
Delightful place to visit. Interesting programs and exhibits that appeal to all ages.
by Kathy Fagan
by Regino Neto