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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Great Nature Center and Aquarium

Come to this nature center to walk through a mangrove lathwayto the intercoastal, watch fish in... read more

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Michigan City, Indiana
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Children and adults will love the animals

This combination of a children's-focused animal center and marine life research facility, can... read more

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This 20 acre coastal preserve is a destination you don’t want to miss! Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is surrounded by a rare remnant of tropical hardwood hammock, located on a barrier island in Boca Raton. Take a stroll through the butterfly garden...more
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1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-1946
+1 561-544-8605
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Reviewed today via mobile

Come to this nature center to walk through a mangrove lathwayto the intercoastal, watch fish in four giant tanks being fed, and look at naturalist helping to rehabilitate sea turtles to return to the ocean. Overall, a great time to see Florida's natural conditions.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank psr707070
Reviewed yesterday

This combination of a children's-focused animal center and marine life research facility, can enchant both the kids and adults, in a low key setting, which is easy to navigate. Of particular interest is the lab where they nurse the turtles.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank EvanBocaFL
Reviewed 2 days ago

L Loved taking my grandchildren, 3 and 5, to Gumbo Limbo. I enjoyed it almost as much as they did. You will too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank edwardsL6562GG
Reviewed 4 days ago

This a modest turtle rescue/ ecological park that is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Many different types of sea turtles - some visiting, some permanent residents, plus small arboretum of Florida native trees. Helpful docents are highly informed about the turtles...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Playaman2047
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gumbo Limbo is definitely worth a visit. We loved learning about the rescued sea turtles. Inside the FAU research building are tanks filled with baby hatchlings which are so cute. The seahorse tank in there is pretty cool too. There are large tanks outside with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nylady21
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place and everytime we go to florida than we go out of our way to go here. I love the feeding hour because you get to wach all the cute animals get food. perfect for teens

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Trips4teens
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to see how injured sea turtles are rehabilitated. There is a beautiful butterfly garden but the day we came it was too cold and they didn’t come out. The aquarium was at just the right height so you could get...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lizzzy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to bring kids to experience marine life and a questions. It’s not very big but the donation price is worth it

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Frank X
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love to come to Gumbo Limbo. It's a special place, & not only for children. It's a place which rehabilitates turtles, there's amazing tanks of fish with so many species to admire. ThE walking path is under construction now, but I look forward to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dianephillips50
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I always find happiness at these local “nature centers”. Hats off to them to only ask for donations and not forcing a fee. Very nice and helpful staff. It’s a quick in and out and the fish tank is the best.... we were mesmerized by...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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3 April 2018|
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Response from Hillarodri | Reviewed this property |
It is a center is not big.. It is very nice to kids to learn and ask questions about the rehab of the turtles. For little ones (4 or less yo) for 5 and older is a nice experience.
28 December 2017|
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Response from GloriaH119 | Reviewed this property |
They do not have any places to purchase food on premise. You would have to drive someplace to get lunch.
13 September 2017|
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Response from GLNC | Property representative |
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center & Aquariums: Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM Gumbo Limbo Nature Trails: Monday-Sunday, 7 AM - Dusk The restrooms are not available when the Nature Center is closed.