Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33472, USA
| +1 561-732-3684
Sun - Sat 5am - 10pm
Catching a Fallen ComradeThe Japanese have a concept for walking in the forest called Shinrinyoku (forest bathing). It's a short, leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to naturalaromatherapy
A "forest bathing" trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.
Ref: O'Connor, Anahad (July 5, 2010). "The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity". New York Times
The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County, at the northern edge of the Everglades, is home for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Among the animals that attract visitors to the Refuge is the American alligator.
It's just a low key place to wander & unwind.
The Visitor Center is located next to the 0.4 mile Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. Nearby are a butterfly garden, walking trails, observation areas, a boat ramp, fishing pier, bike trail and canoe trail.
The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day. $5 per car.
The Visitor Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Christmas & Thanksgiving.