National Parks / Natural World
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Boca Raton
Where is it at?
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 North Ocean Blvd
Where are we going today?
The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is such an important center when it comes to the Florida environment, so why not head over there with the family to support them and learn from them!
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is based around 20 acres of protected barrier islands, which provide an important refuge to the number of plants and animals that live in the area. Some are even rare and endangered.
So, when you visit, not only are the kids getting an invaluable education, but they are also helping support something so important!
There is a beautiful trail and butterfly garden (which is in full bloom in May and June), with an outdoor amphitheatre. Just take your time and enjoy nature and all the colorful species of butterflies!
The boardwalk trail is 1/4 mile that will take you through the preserved Hardwood Hammock. Kids - its a great way to use your imagination on what the country would have looked like a LONG time ago, because this area can show you what Florida would have looked like before modern development! There are skinks, grey foxes, woodpeckers, and a host of plants.
Then of course, there is the nature center itself. Here, there are a number of exhibits which including the Sea Turtle Garden, a solar exhibits, a butterfly nursery, among other fascinating exhibits! There are also friendly staff who can answer any questions you have!
The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center also have events and programs which are perfect for families.
Have an amazing day!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 suggested donation
- ChildrenSame as adult.
When can we go?
9am - 4pm Mon - Sat / 12pm - 4pm Sunday
All year round. Closed New Years Day, 4th July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
They love having field trips with them! They are offered between September and May, weekdays 10am - 1pm. Just call to book the best tour for you!.
Picnicking isn't permitted as it can be harmful to the wildlife, but there is Red Reef West at the south end of the boardwalk where you can picnic..
Any Top Tips?
Pets aren't permitted anywhere on the property, and make sure you don't bring bikes, roller blades or skateboards onto the boardwalks..
Doing our bit
They are very much involved with sea turtle conservation, and have dedicated their time to protecting and saving these beautiful creatures. (which your donations will go towards!).
Need a little extra help?
Most of the areas are wheelchair accessible, and they are permitted on the boardwalks. Service animals are allowed. .
Strollers are permitted on the boardwalks..
There is free parking on site, but no beach parking permitted. .
What people are saying?
by Chris Hubbell
It was a nice informative venue but this is more of a working conservation center than a tourist attraction and thats ok
by Roland Houle
A great way to spend the day! My wife and 2 teens spent the day there looking at the marine life and walking along the nature walk. Be sure to climb up to the top of the canopy and check out the awesome view.
by Paula Abrew
Awesome, quiet place.
by Lisa Stone
educational center with great walking paths
by Desiree Johnson
We loved seeing all the sea turtles and learning about them. Staff was very helpful and knowledgable.