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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

#1 of 81 things to do in Boca Raton Features Animals
1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-1946
+1 561-544-8605
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Good stop with kids

Nice nature center, the boardwalk was closed when we were there, but they are doing a nice job... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
sally r
Huntington Station, New York
via mobile
100% worth the stop for anyone

We usually travel with our kids, but this time we were on our own for the weekend... This was a... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Julie R
San Diego
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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, where many species of wild butterflies can be seen year-round. Walk the Ashley Trail and relax in the authentic Chiki overlooking the Intracoastal. A variety of native fish, sharks, and other marine animals reside in marine aquariums. Visit the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility to learn about our sea turtle patients. Indoor displays feature wildlife indigenous to South Florida and a series of stained glass windows depicting the coastal island as it may have appeared in the 1500s. Florida Atlantic University has an onsite marine biology laboratory with a gallery for viewing research projects conducted by university scientists. Purchase imaginative and environmentally friendly gifts from our nature-themed gift shop. Please note picnicking is not permitted.
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1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-1946
+1 561-544-8605
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Nice nature center, the boardwalk was closed when we were there, but they are doing a nice job helping turtles and have a wide variety of fish species

Thank sally r
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We usually travel with our kids, but this time we were on our own for the weekend... This was a great stop if you like nature, love learning, interested local ecosystems, ecology, turtles, etc. Was good for families with young kids, as well as adults...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 25 November 2016

The volunteers were super friendly, and taught us lots about the conservation efforts. Our entire family enjoyed learning about the Sea Turtles and loved the Butterfly Garden.

Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Great place for young and old. Always something to see. The volunteers are always informative.🐢🐠From the research labs, turtle tanks, butterfly garden and more, always a great way to spend the day.

Thank San1361
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Gumbo Limbo does an amazing job of presenting educational information to the public in an natural surroundings for the animals. I love visiting here and attending their annual turtle nesting tours!

Thank Christiana F
Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was really aimed at kids, but it was an ok way to spend an hour. Several turtles being rehabbed, Some large tanks with reef fish. The best part for us was to go in and observe the marine biology turtle research station.

Thank him8nce1
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We have been here several times and the kids always learn something. We checked out the turtle rehab and watched the 1pm feedings and the volunteers are very knowledgeable. The place is also very informative for adults to learn about our impacts on turtle nesting....More

Thank FreeRangeClan
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I was in Boca for business and was short on time but looking for something fun and different to do. This definitely fit the bill. I walked around the entire thing and saw the open top tanks, the rescued sea turtles, the butterfly garden. There...More

Thank sdayt0n
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Stopped off for a visit after spending the night in Boca Raton. It is an interesting place to visit and it is wonderful to see the efforts that are being made to rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles. It is a real privilege to get to...More

Thank DWT123
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I take all my out of town guests here and they love it. Entertaining for the kids and informative for everyone. Hands on experiences, free to roam wherever you like, and knowledgeable staff all make it one of the best places in Boca to visit....More

Thank Debbie A
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Response from Marie M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is free
22 December 2016|
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Response from Brandon C | Property representative |
Entrance to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is free, but it is asked that guests voluntarily donate $5 per person to help pay for the conservation, education, and research programs at the Center.
19 October 2016|
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Response from disneyfanfamily2010 | Reviewed this property |
There was only a couple in the tanks. They also help sick or injured turtles until they are ready to go back into the ocean.