Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center in West Boca Raton

From Modern Boca Mom…of Multiples

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton

It’s November, which means we are really into the fall season, which means it’s time for…’cooler’…weather…

Ok fine, so it still feels like August out there, with a little reprieve at night. Throughout the course of the summer months, I finally expended my supply of indoor and water boca kids activities…Science Museum, Children’s Museums, movies, pool/splash pad– we did them all!

I was in need of a new destination, and stumbled upon a local gem: The Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton. Located in South County Regional Park out in West Boca, it provides an opportunity to visit one of the staples of Florida life: the Everglades.

Admission to Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton is FREE and it offers air conditioned exhibits that have never been full during the weekday visits my kids and I tend to pay!

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton

Is your child obsessed with butterflies like mine are? My Boca kids absolutely LOVE the butterfly garden when you first walk into the Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton. We can spend a good 10 minutes watching them flit and float!

We then retreat into the a/c where we are greeted by a friendly volunteer, whose eyes nearly pop out of their head when they see my three little ones. There is a main exhibit area with videos playing about animals around the world and the bee video within the bee. It’s normally pretty slow when we are there and the kids can explore a little bit.

Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton
Catching a video…
Dallying at Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton
The beloved bee!

Daggerwing offers live exhibits as well! My 3 year-old LOVES ambling up to the baby alligators, toddling with the toads, ogling the owl, and traipsing with the turtles. Her absolute favorite though is a skunk, who keeps her entranced for a least ten minutes (a lifetime in the life of a toddler).

Snakes more your thing? They have a few of those, big and small, available for viewing with public feedings on Thursdays. Do your kids like to read and color? They have a little area for that too! I plan on spending a few rainy days there as soon as my twins are old enough to figure out that crayons are not a food group.

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Bearable weather outside? Or do you want to catch a glimpse of a wild alligator or two? These are both wonderful reasons to go explore the boardwalk that runs through the natural environment found in the Everglades. The kids love seeing the blue herons walking the water’s edge. Be careful after a rainstorm, though. The ants have a tendency to wander up to the dry boards to escape the damp. This is family fun in Boca Raton at its finest!

Want more information on Daggerwing Nature Center Boca Raton? Become their friends on Facebook or visit their website for more information, including the Wednesday and Saturday baby alligator feedings!