Mizner Park#1 in Best Things To Do in Boca Raton
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.
Although individual store and restaurant hours may vary, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking is available in four separate parking garages. You'll find Mizner Park about 4 miles southeast of downtown Boca. To see a full list of stores, restaurants and events, check out the park's website.
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#2 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
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.
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