Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay, FL  » Travel  »
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1502 Port Malabar Blvd, Palm Bay, FL
  • You usually find something or some species you never noticed there before
  • I love places like this that are left as they have always been except for a carefully placed Boardwalk to make the viewing a little easier on people that can't hike the dirt paths
  • I think it's really cool too that you can find a running list at any given time of what plants are in bloom and what birds and wildlife have been spotted recently
  • I try to stop there on my way into the park so I know what to be looking for as I make my way through the woods along Turkey Creek

    • by Why Georgia
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      I am fortunate to live in Palm Bay, FL where there is a little local treasure that my family and I often enjoy. It’s called Turkey Creek Sanctuary. It’s more than 100 acres of natural Florida. There are a maze of trails and nature paths to explore. I love the boardwalk path the best. It’s easier on my feet and back, but my kids have done all the paths at one time or another and they love it there.

      Turkey Creek is a great place to launch your Kayak or canoe too. I have not done so myself as I have a tremendous fear of tipping over in the waters of Turkey Creek since you are always seeing gators in there! In fact, in Florida in general, you won’t catch me freshwater swimming at all. My daughter and her husband have gone and launched their kayak though in the bay and made their way along the


      marsh and then onto the tree lined banks of Turkey Creek. My Son in law says it’s got to be a good mile and a half or even two mile paddle to get into the boardwalk area where they come onshore and walk a bit, usually stopping at the Nature Center before returning to their Kayak.

      You can usually count on seeing Gators, Manatees, Fish, Turtles, and more birds than you ever thought you wanted to know about! I’ve often gone there with binoculars and my camera with the main reason for my being there to catch some good photos of the wildlife. I’ve never really been disappointed. You usually find something or some species you never noticed there before. And the songbirds make you forget that you’re actually in the midst of a thriving city. You feel transported back to childhood and places you explored as a kid when things weren’t quite so overdeveloped ...


      • as they are in the country these days.

        I love places like this that are left as they have always been except for a carefully placed Boardwalk to make the viewing a little easier on people that can’t hike the dirt paths. There is just something so organic about disappearing into the woods and seeing the land as nature intended it to be with wildlife everywhere and a plethora of plants and trees

        They have a nature center at Turkey Creek as well where you can learn a lot about the wildlife, plants and trees along Turkey Creek. The people that work there are super helpful and informative as well. I think it’s really cool too that you can find a running list at any given time of what plants are in bloom and what birds and wildlife have been spotted recently. I try to stop there on my way into the park so I know what to be

        looking for as I make my way through the woods along Turkey Creek.

        Back in 2004, the Sanctuary was hit pretty hard by the two hurricanes, Francis and Jeanne that moved through our area. It has taken awhile to remove some of the downed trees and debris as well as repair some of the boardwalk that was badly damaged, but slow but sure Turkey Creek has been repaired and restored to it’s natural splendor.

        They hold Nature camps there now in the summer months for local kids. I’m hoping when my Granddaughter is a little older, they still do this because I think it would be a really fun and educational experience for her.

        So many people come to Florida for the busy life in Orlando and the Theme Parks and Nightlife. I wish more people would visit places like Turkey Creek and get a little of the peace, quiet and serenity that this natural environment provides absolutely free of charge!




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