Money magazine, a Time Inc. publication, has named the Wakodahatchee Wetlands the best park in the state of Florida, according to a recent announcement made by the organization.
In a recent article titled “This is the Best Park in Every U.S. State,” Money based its decision upon Yelp reviews as well as travel costs “factoring in average flight, hotel, car and food prices” for two people and a three-day trip. The publication recognized the Wakodahatchee Wetlands for the wildlife, specifically birds that can be seen from the ¾-mile-long boardwalk that traverses the property.
Wakodahatchee, which means “created waters” in the Seminole language, was developed and is maintained by the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department. The 50 acres of land previously housed a wastewater treatment facility and the wetlands, where aquatic life now thrives, are used as percolation ponds, allowing highly treated reclaimed water to recycle and recharge the water table.
There is no admission to Wakodahatchee, which is located at 13026 Jog Road in Delray Beach and open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The pond areas and islands that encompass the site are home to more than 178 bird species, many of which nest close to the boardwalk throughout the year, as well as turtles, alligators, rabbits, fish, frogs and raccoons among other wildlife. Wakodahatchee is part of the South section of the “Great Florida Birding Trail” and is popular among professional and amateur photographers alike.
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