January 30th, 2011
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Nature Preserves, South Florida, Palm Beach County
This post is for the people visiting Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. As I have mentioned more than enough times, Delray Beach is the perfect town for visitors. If you are lucky enough to be a resident, then you already know this. This Village by the Sea offers the perfect vacation spot because it has it all.
I love walking the town but for this post I needed a car. I have written about the wetlands before. But, it is good to mention them again, since this website is written in a blog style; you might forget or saw the pictures but never read the content of the post. I do have a few friends that do that, believe me.
Someone mentioned to me that I needed to visit the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. They said the birds are beautiful and throughout the year you can watch birds in their nests and new life showing its face.
There are 2 wetlands, not far from each other. One is called Wakodahatchee in suburban Delray and the other is called Green Cay Nature Preserve in suburban Boynton Beach.
Wakodahatchee means “created waters” and this is exactly what this is. Fifty acres have been transformed into a wetlands ecosystem. And since its transformation turtles, frogs, alligators and many species of birds call this nature preserve home.
It is located at 13026 Jog Rd. It is a little tricky but not that hard. You need to go west on Atlantic Ave., crossing over 95. Continue until Jog Rd and turn right. Go through the intersection of Lake Ida and about 1/4 mile on the right you will see it. The sign is not very big, though.
This is the southeast side of Palm Beach County Water Utility Department’s Southern Region Operation Center. Tel. 561-493-6000. Website? http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/wakodahatchee/location.htm.
It opens from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It is the perfect place to relax, walk and enjoy nature. It is free. The 3/4 mile elevated boardwalk takes you through twists and turns, all the time enjoying the view. It is quiet and there are areas to rest. You will see photographers, walkers and someone just sitting and relaxing, taking in the scenery. I like it in the early evening; the birds are coming for the night.
“Every day, PBC Water Utilites Dept. Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility pours approximately 2 million gallons of highly treated water into Wakodahatchee’s wetlands. By acting as a natural filter for the nutrients that remain, the wetlands work to further clean the water.”
Green Cay Nature Preserve
Same type of setting as Wakodahatchee; but bigger. Ninety acres of nature preservation. Green Cay is located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd. It is suburban Boynton Beach between Boynton Beach Blv. and Atlantic Ave.
This elevated wetland boardwalk is 1.5 miles long. It winds through the wetlands and it really is the perfect place to take in a walk either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The actual Nature Center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 until 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 until 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 until 4:30 p.m.
For more information please visit http://pbcgov.com/waterutilities/waterfacts/green_cay.htm.
If you have gone to the beach, walked the town, eaten, shopped, then get in your car and check this out. It is never boring; it changes every second of the day. It is worth it.
Have a great day….talk to you later…..
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