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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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Address: 1801 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone Number: +1 561-544-8605
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Sun 12:00 am - 4:00 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 am
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This 20 acre coastal preserve is a destination you don’t want to miss!...

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.

Note: Our boardwalk loop and tower are closed for renovation. Please visit our website for updates.

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Awesome for Toddler

We were looking for an hour or two of interesting sites for our toddler. Gumbo Limbo delivered. We got to see baby turtles, rescue turtles, plus a variety of fish. A lot of it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Damon M
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were looking for an hour or two of interesting sites for our toddler. Gumbo Limbo delivered. We got to see baby turtles, rescue turtles, plus a variety of fish. A lot of it is outdoors, so you might want to use bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away. We would do it again the next time we are in... More 

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Thank Damon M
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great you pay a donation so no pressure we also Watched a turtle released back into the sea very emotional and would love to go and see again but were from the uk

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Thank captainprr
Valley Township
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They do an amazing job. They staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable. Facility cares for injured sea turtles but has other fish in two large tanks. Also a lovely walk through a butterfly garden and a boardwalk through a mangrove forest.

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Thank I2750VMkens
Delray Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gumbo Limbo is great for a short visit/experience at a nature center. Easy walk for both youngsters and senior citizens Very interesting exhibits and a great learning experience. Nature center has a lot to offer-especially the Sea Turtle resuce center

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Thank Robert S
Fairport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, also known as the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, is a nature center owned and operated by the city of Boca Raton, Florida and is located on the north end of Red Reef Park (a great place for beaching before or after). It is small, but has lots to see, especially for young children. Older kids... More 

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1 Thank CaptnGphs
Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

all the fish are in open air tanks so can see them up close - turtles of all sizes and various sharks are main attraction also foliage rea with tower to see all

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is a unique and wonderful place to see rescued ocean creatures and learn about what's living and needs protecting in Florida's spectacular coral reefs. An excellent outing for people of all ages, and it's free!

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Oh my goodness! We visited the Gumbo Limbo Nature center the day after we arrived at our resort. I was amazed at the work they are doing with the turtles who are being impacted by humans. Totally broke my heart. Those turtles have such sweet faces...such trusting faces....and the volunteers/employees at the Gumbo Limbo Center give their all...you can tell... More 

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Thank my2kidsmom9702
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My son did volunteer work here. It's an interesting and fascinating place to visit. You and your children can learn a lot about sea life and the unspoiled nature trail let's you experience Florida as it once was.

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Thank Mark M
Cleveland, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even bough the boardwalk and tower were closed for maintenance, my husband and I had a great time. There were various fish and lots of turtles. The turtle rehab area was interesting and the butterfly garden special. Can't wait until the boardwalk is finished!

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