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Best Things To Do in Boca Raton

As part of Florida's famed Palm Beaches, it's no surprise that Boca Raton is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Top sights include Red Reef Park – home to the Gumbo Limbo Nature CenterSpanish River Park and Sugar Sand Park. Meanwhile, shoppers and cultural aficionados will love strolling through Mizner Park, a tropical oasis that is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art and a bevy of designer shops and trendy restaurants, as well as an outdoor amphitheater. When you need a break from the Florida heat and humidity, catch a show at the Wick Theatre or indulge in some retail therapy at the Town Center.

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  • #1
    Mizner Park
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    #1 in Boca Raton
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    One of the landmarks in Boca Raton and the primary community gathering place, Mizner Park was designed by architect Addison Mizner and reflects his love of Mediterranean architecture. This centrally located park is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, an outdoor amphitheater, a movie theater complex, and a wide variety of high-end department stores, designer boutiques and eateries.

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  • #2
    Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
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    #2 in Boca Raton
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This nature center, located at the north end of the boardwalk in Red Reef Park, offers a unique look at the wildlife and natural marine environment of the region. A variety of programs led by naturalists are available for both children and adults, including the popular turtle walk and hatchling release program. Visitors can watch aquarium feedings, hike nature trails or catch a glimpse of local wildlife and indigenous plants on the scenic boardwalk. Florida Atlantic University also operates a sea turtle research and rehabilitation facility here.

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  • #3
    Sugar Sand Park
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    #3 in Boca Raton
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The 132-acre Sugar Sand Park is a family favorite, featuring an array of amenities for both children and adults. Little ones can burn off some energy at the playground, water park, carousel or interactive Children's Science Explorium, while adults enjoy the athletic courts, full gym and nature trails. The entire family will enjoy shows at the Willow Theatre and extensive picnic facilities. 

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  • #4
    Red Reef Park
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    #4 in Boca Raton
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The oceanfront Red Reef Park occupies 67 acres on one of Florida's most scenic highways, State Road A1A. In addition to swimming, snorkeling and surf fishing, the park also offers the Red Reef Executive Golf Course and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, as well as extensive picnic facilities.

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  • #5
    Spanish River Park
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    #5 in Boca Raton
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Spanish River Park, also known as "Boca Raton's Lagoon," is named for a stream that once flowed along the western side of the park. The river is now considered to part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Although you can't swim in the lagoon or waterway, there is access to the Atlantic beach and lifeguards are on duty during the day. The park also offers several nature trails and a picnic area with grills, tables and restrooms. Fishing is also permitted with a license.

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  • #6
    South Inlet Park Beach
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    #6 in Boca Raton
    Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Beaches, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    South Inlet Park Beach is an off-the-beaten-path local favorite. The quiet inlet is rarely crowded and offers peaceful fishing from the shore or jetty, a lovely beach, restrooms and outdoor showers, as well as a small picnic area.

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  • #7
    The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
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    #7 in Boca Raton
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    In 2013, Marilynn A. Wick purchased a defunct theater to house her huge collection of Broadway costumes. Not wanting the 333-seat auditorium to go to waste, she also founded a resident theater company. Additionally, she created the Tavern Room, a restaurant that pays homage to New York City's famous Tavern on the Green and sports the amber and crystal chandelier that once hung in its foyer, as well as some of its china and crystal. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the costume museum followed by lunch, or grab dinner before a show.

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  • #8
    Boca Raton Museum of Art
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    #8 in Boca Raton
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Located in Mizner Park, the Boca Raton Musuem of Art features more than 4,500 works. Permanent collections include African and Pre-Columbian art, 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings, drawings and sculptures, and a stunning photography collection that includes more than 1,500 images.

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  • #9
    Town Center at Boca Raton
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    #9 in Boca Raton
    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Shopping, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Town Center at Boca Raton is a fashionista's paradise, offering a mix of designer boutiques and upscale department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. Browse the glittering offerings at Tiffany & Co. and Cartier or take a shopping break at one of several on-site restaurants.

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