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Lake Ida County Park
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1455 Lake Ida Road
Delray Beach

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The surprising thing about Lake Ida Park is the variety of birds present. But really it shouldn't be much of surprise, considering the namesake lake and proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway and the beach. Brown pelicans, great egrets, blue jays, warblers, mockingbirds, ducks, herons of all stripes can be seen within its confines. Lake Ida also has the advantage of being within the city and near I-95, making access easy for an evening stroll or a walk during lunch.

Walk along the shores of the lake and you'll find a variety of trees and wildflowers, including spatterdock, bulrush, pickerel weed, sea grape, ficus, cypress, pond apple and more. This is by and large a well manicured park but it does have its rough edges here and there. And there is an interpretive sign or two.

The park lies mostly on the west side of the lake, with a small chunk across the way. To the immediate west of the park is I-95 and sounds of traffic reverberate throughout Lake Ida's 189 acres (including the lake itself). It offers boating, fishing, picnicking — and a dog park. It’s open sunrise to sunset. Palm Beach County owns and maintains the park. Admission is free.


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