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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-1946
+1 561-544-8605
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Nature at best

Great place to spend an afternoon. Animals are well cared for, gardens beautiful, tour guides... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
Bird's Eye View

What the Florida coast looked like before Flagler. Two wooden walks thru a natural coastal marsh... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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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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“butterfly garden” (189 reviews)
“marine life” (72 reviews)
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1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-1946
+1 561-544-8605
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to spend an afternoon. Animals are well cared for, gardens beautiful, tour guides well-versed.

Thank Rita1476
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What the Florida coast looked like before Flagler. Two wooden walks thru a natural coastal marsh: one at ground level and one at treetop, which enables you to see a slice of life not visible to us ground living creature. Worth a couple of hours...More

Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed and learned a lot about sea life and it was amazing you see how the little turtles are being treated and send back you their natural habitat, good place you entertain the kids and learn and the same time.

1  Thank Carmen F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to take kids. It is a educational and fun place. Has beautiful outside grounds with easy hiking path. Check for activities and feeding times before you go. They also offer canoeing and kayaking on the intercostal. It is free of charge but recommend...More

1  Thank patriciagQ6328TL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful facility that accepts small donation as opposed to admission fees. The kids will enjoy the tanks of turtles other sea life that are being rehabilitated to return to their natural environment. There are also trails that lead to Lake Rogers on the intracoastal waterway...More

Thank Rick T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gumbo Limbo provides a glimpse into natural Florida. The attraction is an educational and relaxing way to enjoy Florida's natural beauty for a couple of hours. Plus, the experience is budget-friendly with a $5 per person suggested donation.

Thank Heidi D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much to see. Aquariums were OK. Can't get close to the baby turtles. Avoid the nature walk. Nothing to see and a waste of time.

1  Thank stevncyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have gone to his place for the past 10 years or so. The kids always enjoy it. They enjoy the dish feedings and the turtles. The staff is friendly. The parking is free. You can’t have a picnic there and they don’t sell food....More

1  Thank flyfishingdoc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This relatively modest nature center in Boca Raton was a pleasant surprise for two couples from Michigan vacationing in south Florida. There is a 1/5 mile boardwalk winding through a tropical hardwood forest and multiple outdoor marine aquariums. Rescue and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles...More

1  Thank LouBobHarborSprings
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely conservation based facility with free admission (5 USD donation suggested per adult). Very informative but only a 30 or 40 minute visit needed. The volunteer guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and helpful.

1  Thank C945FKstevee
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27 December 2017|
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Response from Gloria H | Reviewed this property |
They do not have any places to purchase food on premise. You would have to drive someplace to get lunch.
12 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.
31 May 2017|
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Response from Marie M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is free