Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

#2 in Best Things To Do in Boca Raton
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Key Info

1801 N Ocean Blvd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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.

Recent visitors – many of them regulars – loved the scenic boardwalk, the aquarium, the beach area and the nature trails, saying this park offers a great way for kids to connect with native Florida marine life. Some recommended visiting the large tanks when a feeding is taking place, while others enjoyed kayaking through the mangroves. Many recent guests advised visiting during the cooler months, as most of the attractions are outdoors and not as enjoyable during the hot and humid summer season. 

The nature center has free parking and visitors can walk from other areas in Red Reef Park. The center is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free, although there is a suggested donation of $5. To learn more about the nature center, visit its website.

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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.

Recent visitors loved the tropical garden vibe of this multiuse entertainment area, saying it's a "must-see" and perfect for strolling. Meanwhile, locals appreciate that parking and select events (such as summer concerts) are free, noting that it's a highlight for out-of-towners.

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