News Release

Grassy Waters Preserve Ranked Top Attraction



“A Must See.”

“Don’t miss this hidden nature treasure.”

June 16, 2014

(West Palm Beach, FL) – One of the nation’s most popular and respected travel web sites has ranked the city’s Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve a Top 10 place to visit in the greater West Palm Beach area., one of the nation’s most visited travel sites has ranked Grassy Waters as the 8th best overall attraction in the area, and the 5th best outdoor attraction to visit.

“Beautiful boardwalk though a cypress wetland. A must see if you’re a nature lover,” wrote one reviewer.

Another reviewer wrote: “Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Florida as it appeared 100 years ago. Perfectly preserved seas of saw grass with hiking /biking trails, lakes , ponds, fishing , kayaking including picnic tables and native huts for shelter in the rain. Don’t miss this hidden nature treasure.”


“Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve is truly one of our city’s most valuable and important resources,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

“Its beauty is obvious to anyone who visits, but its importance to our city cannot be understated.¬† This is not only a remnant of what the Everglades used to be, but it is also the source of our city’s drinking water. It must be treasured and protected,” added Mayor Muoio.

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Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that serves as the freshwater supply for the City of West Palm Beach and the towns of South Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island.

Historically, Grassy Waters was both a key component of the Greater Everglades watershed and the headwaters of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River.

Grassy Waters Preserve remains a pristine remnant of the once great Everglades system. A mosaic of wetlands, tree islands, and forested hammocks, Grassy Waters Preserve is home to a variety of native wildlife.

Commonly sighted species including the everglades snail kite, wood stork, white ibis, great blue heron, white tailed deer, otter, bobcat, and alligator.

In addition to meeting local demands for freshwater, Grassy Waters Preserve also provides hands-on educational experiences for learners of all ages. Access to this historic wetland reconnects visitors with the natural heritage of West Palm Beach.

Trails of varying lengths and difficulties are accessible to the public free of charge. Experienced naturalists also provide guided canoe and hiking programs for the public, merit badge programs for scouts, and free field trips for local schools.

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