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Spanish River Park
spanish river park
spanish river park
spanish river park
spanish river park
 

3001 N. A1A
Boca Raton

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Spanish River Park is 94 acres of prime barrier island real estate straddling the Intracoastal Waterway and the beach. It's a place you go to lounge on the beach, have a picnic or get the kids moving outdoors. But it also offers a variety of natural habitats, including mangrove forest, coastal hammock and beach dunes, and trails that wind through them.

The birding is good enough to rate the park a spot on the Great Florida Birding Trail (link below). The trees provide a resting place for birds heading north and south during the fall and spring migrations. One oddity: the park has a bird observation area near the main entrance to the park but we didn't see much activity there. The better spots during our visit were the trees in the northern end of the park and along the beach. Species spotted included northern mockingbird, warblers, gnatcatchers, cardinals, herons, terns, ringbilled gulls, laughing gulls and sanderlings. Some rare exotics have been reported.

There are interpretive signs throughout the park. Trails are wide and easy to negotiate. Three tunnels provide easy pedestrian access from the Intracoastal side of the park to the beach without having to cross busy A1A. There's also plenty of parking, drinking fountains and restrooms. Note parking is $17, so plan to stay a while and get your money's worth.

 
 
 
 
More Resources for Spanish River Park
Institute for Regional Conservation Great Florida Birding Trail    
 
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