Boca Raton sits between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and offers a cool small town vibe in Florida. Top tourist attractions in Boca Raton are the four miles of beaches and acres of parkland. Outdoor activities such as golf, snorkelling, fishing and more are popular in this town. Fine dining and great shopping are also reasons tourists visit this coastal town.
10. Coconut Cove Water Park
This water park provides fun for the whole family, open during the spring and summer months. Coconut cove features an 897-foot river ride, two four story water slides, a lily pad walk, a lap pool and a children’s water playground. Lockers are available to rent and changing rooms and showers are provided for guests. There is also a full service concession stand where refreshments can be purchased. Admission costs $10.60 for adults, $8.60 for children 3 to 11 years, $3.60 for toddlers and under 1’s can enter for free.
9. Boca Raton museum of art
The museum attracts more than 200,000 visitors per year to its gallery and programs. Art collections range from classical European paintings and sculptures to modern contemporary art and art from around the world. Current exhibits that can be seen today include, The Last Supper, Memories of Shtetl and Rosie won the war. Admission is free for children under 12 and costs $12 for adults. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, until 8pm on Thursdays and noon to 5pm at the weekend. It is closed on Mondays.
8. Yamato Scrub natural area
The area contains 217 acres of five different Florida ecosystems and is the largest southernmost scrub on the south-eastern Florida coast. Plants and wildlife can be spotted along the trail and is open from sunrise to sunset. The trails are free to enter and offer up to 2.7 miles of hiking depending on the loop taken. Cross trails enable walkers to create shorter or longer hikes and vary the difficulty. A parking area for up to 10 cars and a bicycle rack is onsite in addition to toilets and a kiosk.
7. Children’s Science Explorium
Located in Sugar sands park the explorium is a hands on science centre designed for kids between 5 and 12 years old. The centre encourages children to explore the world of science offering many interactive exhibits from the permanent to the travelling collections. The intention is to spark kids to ask why and how things work whilst having fun. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free however a donation is appreciated and the cost to ride the Sugar Sand Park Carousel is $1 per person.
6. South Inlet Park Beach
South Inlet beach has both natural and manmade reefs in around 12 feet of water which makes it the perfect place for snorkelling and scuba diving. There’s a guarded beach swimming area and saltwater fishing in designated areas. One of the best places to visit in Boca Raton for an intimate BBQ picnic with spectacular ocean and beach views. A family friendly, clean sandy beach and a relaxing place to spend the weekend. Parking is available for between $2 to $9 per vehicle depending on the type of vehicle and the fee increases at the weekend.
5. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
This unique museum exhibits some of the finest costumes seen on the Broadway stage. See creations by the most honoured and respected designers in American Musical theatre history. The venue holds more than 20 million dollars’ worth of costumes from over 35 Broadway productions. Ticket prices range from $38 per guest for a museum tour and luncheon to $98 per guest which includes a show. Tours are available 7 days a week and begin at 11am and they are by pre-booked appointment only. Tickets can be booked through the box office.
4. Boca Raton Old town hall
The old town hall is a city landmark known for its beautiful shining gold dome. The historical site now houses a museum which features displays about the areas cultural and architectural past. Special events are held throughout the year. Most notable is the Walk of recognition which is about recognising deserving residents who have received a ‘star’ for this community award. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and admission is $5 for a guided tour or a self-guided tour is free. It is located at 71 North Federal highway.
3. Red Reef Park
An ocean front park with access to the beach at designated locations within the park. One of the favourite activities for visitors is surf fishing, however this is only allowed outside the hours of 9am through to 5pm in the swimming areas. Lifeguards are on duty during this time when both swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed. Along the walkways throughout the foliage a wide variety of birds can be spotted. For a romantic stroll these trails are perfect. There are facilities at the park including picnic tables, grills and restrooms. They are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The opening hours are 8am – 10pm seven days a week.
2. Mizner Park
A meeting place for friends and a paradise for shopaholics. Mizner square is an outdoor shopping mall where both chain and boutique stores can be found and serves as the city’s centre. Mix with the fashion conscious, wealthy shoppers and tourists. Free valet parking is available for visitors at the Museum of Art. If all of the shopping has built up a hunger, there are a range of restaurants to choose from. On Saturday nights live music is played and at the north end the Count Hoernle Amphitheatre offers cultural events and concerts.
1. Gumbo Limbo Nature Centre
The nature centre is best known for its conservation efforts with sea turtles and their observations during the nesting season. The complex is made up of large tanks for fish, turtles and sea life, an indoor museum and a trail through the woods with an observation tower. The butterfly garden is in full bloom in May and June. The centre also puts on events and programs to encourage learning and conservation. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 and opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.
With warm temperatures year round, visiting the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Boca Raton. Hurricane season in Florida runs between June and November, this should be considered before planning a visit. The Boca Raton resort and club is one of the nation’s premier resort destinations and a favourite with tourists visiting the area.