Update: The south portion of the boardwalk will be closed from 12/10/18 - 2/1/19. Users will not be able to walk from the Nature Center to Red Reef West; please use the sidewalk along A1A. Thank you.
Phase 2 of the boardwalk and tower renovation has begun. At times, sections of the boardwalk may be closed without notice. The renovations are expected to be completed in Spring 2019. We thank you for your patience during this process.
Enjoy our 1/4 mile boardwalk through a preserved Hardwood Hammock - a rare opportunity to visit an ecosystem which once flourished throughout Florida. Our Hardwood Hammock shows what Florida looked like before modern development and industrialization. You can see various flora such as gumbo limbo, strangler fig, and cabbage palm (Florida's state tree). If you're quiet and look carefully, you may also see animals like grey foxes, red-bellied woodpeckers, and five-lined skinks.
Our Hardwood Hammock also features 2000 year-old Glades Culture middens, a trash receptacle of Florida's indigenous population.
You can follow the boardwalk to Red Reef West Park where picnicking is permitted (we do not allow picnicking on our grounds to protect our wildlife). Overflow, metered parking is also available at Red Reef West.