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Best Place to Confront Your Arachnophobia Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2001 - Secret Woods Nature Center

Secret Woods Nature Center

Secret Woods Nature Center

2701 W. State Road 84

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


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Along the south side of the New River, just west of I-95 and north of I-595, lies Secret Woods Nature Center, a 56-acre oak-hammock preserve that's a favorite destination for busloads of kids on school field trips and hikers wanting to explore short trails to observe flora and fauna. In addition to housing raccoons, otters, and other critters, the park is prime habitat for South Florida's big-ass banana spiders, the yellow-and-black arachnids that weave tremendous, orb-shape webs and sit smack in the middle of them, waiting for unsuspecting bugs to become victuals. Lining the trails on both sides and even creating a canopy above the planks, the eight-legged creatures are literally everywhere. If you're squeamish about spiders, rent Charlotte's Web, then saunter on down to Secret Woods and see if you can find a place in your heart for these colorful, if not exactly cuddly, creatures.

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Oh how right you are!!! Years ago , I took my 10 and 11 year old boys to your park but it always was sort of an ordeal because my kids were scared to death of spiders. I confessed to one of the attendants of that park and he picked the biggest banana spider and told one of my kids to hold it. I thought he would scream and run. He was plenty scared but he did hold it. He told my son how wonderful spiders are. Thanks to this guy , my kids arent so scared of them today. Thanks , Secret Woods!! By the way, I love your park. It is sosoo special.


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