Fodor's Expert Review Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Boca Raton Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

A big draw for kids, this stellar spot has four huge saltwater tanks brimming with sea life, from coral to stingrays to spiny lobsters, touch tanks, plus a sea turtle rehabilitation center. Nocturnal walks in spring and early summer, when staffers lead a quest to find nesting female turtles coming ashore to lay eggs, are popular; so are the hatching releases in August and September. (Call to purchase tickets in advance as there are very limited spaces.) This is one of only a handful of centers that offer this. There is also a nature trail and butterfly garden, a ¼-mile boardwalk, and a 40-foot observation tower, where you're likely to see brown pelicans and osprey.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Fish Hatchery Family

Quick Facts

1801 N. Ocean Blvd.
Boca Raton, Florida  33432, USA

561-544–8605

www.gumbolimbo.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free ($5 suggested donation); turtle walks $15

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