10 Things to Do at the Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach, Florida

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On a recent visit to Delray Beach, Florida to visit family, we explored the nearby Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach and ended up spending the better part of a morning enjoying the beautiful wetlands and exhibits. 

Originally farmland, the 100 acres property was sold by the farmers at a significantly reduced rate to the County with the promise the lands would be made into a wetland. It took two years, but in 2004 the property opened to the public and thousands of birds and wildlife began calling it home.  Green Cay is part of the Palm Beach County Nature Center system, which includes six additional centers throughout the area- check out the full list and details here

Travel Tips:

  • The boardwalk is open from sunrise to sunset and the Nature Center is free to visit and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9am-3pm. More information here and here.
  • There is plenty of free parking in front of the Nature Center.
  • The Nature Center has restrooms, a small gift shop, and tons of print materials. Make sure kids grab a scavenger hunt and Nature Adventure Journal (with tons of fun stickers!), published by the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Check here for a schedule of daily tours and special events and programs.

10 Ways to Explore the Green Cay Nature Center:

  1. Walk either the one mile or half mile wetland boardwalk and take note of the signs that explain the history and background of local wildlife, swamps, and marshes. Look for QR codes and scan them with your phone to learn about the 9 different zones on the walk.
  2. Count the various species of butterflies in the garden near the entrance.
  3. Watch a short video about the wetlands (located in the room to the right of the center aquarium tanks). 
  4. Follow the timeline of the history of the development of the greater  West Palm Beach County area.
  5. Get up close to the Turtle Pond, Alligator Hole, and Frog Terrarium tanks that are home to turtles, fish, and even baby alligators.

  1. Learn about other wildlife with the wetland diorama display of bobcats, rabbits, limpkins, and snakes.
  2. Listen to the various bird calls with one of the touch tank kiosks (and keep an eye out for dozens of species of birds that visit or call the center home). 
  3. Read about how a turtle’s shells is formed and how turtles lay eggs.
  4. Test your knowledge about water recycling and purification with trivia games.
  5. Attend a special program like bird talks, Animal Keeper for the Day, and even night events. Note: nominal fees apply for most programs. 

Looking for more fun throughout Palm Beach County? Check out our full City Guide to Palm Beach County and dedicated posts to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, Palm Beach Zoo,Sandoway Discovery Center, Butterfly World, and Loxahatachee National Wildlife Refuge. And follow along on our adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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  1. Very interesting. We go to Delray Beach to visit our son and his family .
    I Didn’t know it was part of the PalmBeach County Nature System.?
    More good things to see!

  2. I have never been to Florida, but this place would be great to visit with children one day. Thank you for the travel tips you have also mentioned 🙂

  3. What a great way to repurpose old farmland and turning into a wetland for everyone to enjoy. That’s fantastic that it remains a green space and is now home to thousands of birds and locals and tourists alike get to learn more and make it a fun outing.

  4. Wow this looks like so much fun for all ages! The exhibits look fun and engaging too. I find myself always looking to learn more about area species every where I visit, and this is a perfect recommendation for Delray Beach!

  5. We were in Boynton Beach just last year for a deep-sea fishing trip, but we didn’t stop at the Green Cay Nature Center; we actually visited a couple of nature centers in Broward County during this trip, though! I’d love to go back and explore more; thanks for the info! Xx Sara

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