Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach, FL
Deerfield Island is a 53.3-acre nature-oriented park offering outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education.
Accessible only by boat, this roughly triangular park is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Hillsboro and Royal Palm canals. The eastern portion of the area once included slash pines, while most of the western part was a treeless freshwater marsh. Today, remnants of the wetland are evident, although red and white mangroves are the dominant species.
Many of the site’s native plants and animals have succumbed to invasive, non-native species over the years, but native plants that provide food for native animals are being reintroduced.
A free boat shuttle transports park patrons from the dock at Sullivan Park to the island on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends only. The last shuttle returning to the mainland departs the island at 4:30 p.m. Minors must be accompanied by parent/guardian to ride the shuttle. The shuttle is dependent on weather conditions, so please call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 to confirm the shuttle is operating if the weather looks questionable.
For more info: http://www.broward.org/parks/DeerfieldIslandPark/Pages/Default.aspx
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