Blazing Star Park
One of the more popular of Boca Raton Parks is the Blazing Star Nature Preserve. This gorgeous 24-acre park is a nature preserve that includes 2 acres of wetland, a sanctuary for local wildlife. The undisturbed natural environment of Blazing Star and the adjacent preserve makes it the perfect habitat for wildlife. On a visit to the park you may encounter gopher tortoises as well as birds and other animals that have found refuge here from the development of nearby land.
Arrive early in the morning to experience the best views of the wildlife inhabiting the park. Take a stroll along the nature trails to take in the beauty of the park and view the butterflies and songbirds. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Liatris plant, otherwise known as the Blazing Star, hence the name of the park. Unfortunately, you need to leave Fido at home as pets are not allowed in the park.
Park amenities include:
- Nature Trails
- Wildlife Observation Areas
- Park Benches
- Bike Racks
Spanish River Park
Spanish River Park, one of the largest of Boca Ratons Parks is nestled between the intracoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. This 94-acre park offers the best of both worlds. On the East is one of the areas finest beaches. To the west, fisherman and boaters can enjoy the Spanish River. Nature lovers will appreciate a stroll along the intracoastal where they can observe spectacular birds wading in the lagoon.
The park is an excellent spot for camping, although the park is not open to public camping. The campground is reserved for youth camping groups. The public is welcome to use the picnicking shelters for daytime visits to the park.
Park Amenities include:
- Picknick Shelters
- Youth Group Camping
- Ocean Beach Swimming
- Open Daily 8 AM to Sunset
Daggerwing Nature Center a Favorite of Boca Raton Parks
The Daggerwing Nature Center is situated within the Burt Aaronson South County Regional park. This beautiful site is located in the western part of Boca Raton. At the heart of the nature center is a 3,000 square foot exhibition hall where you will encounter live animals and fascinating interactive exhibits.
Take a stroll along the elevated boardwalk and wander through the preserved swamp area. Find your way to the observation tower where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the local wildlife. Stay alert and you may spot woodpeckers, osprey, turtles, and alligators. If you focus you will see the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly, the parks namesake resident.
- Wednesday-Friday: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: CLOSED