Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton: Hours, Address, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. View a variety of native fish and other marine animals that reside in marine aquariums. Visit the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility to learn about our sea turtle patients. Don't miss Florida Atlantic University's onsite laboratory with a gallery for viewing research projects conducted by university scientists. Purchase imaginative and environmentally friendly gifts from our nature-themed gift shop.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Aden K
1 contribution
Dec 2020
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is one of my favorite places to go when I am bored and just sitting at home. There no entry fee to get in and it is free to look through to see all the turtles and fish that they they have. Not only that but they also have a butterfly garden as a nature walk that you can just walk through and enjoy. Its located very close to Highland Beach and not t6o far from Deerfield beach. Its a great post beach or even pre beach activity to do.
Written September 9, 2021
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Nathaniel A
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
Jul 2021
As I arrive in America, my grandma immediately decided to take me to see Gumbo Limbo. Of course, I wasn't sure what this place would contain, however, I still went, making this my first trip inside the United States. Shortly after arriving, we adventured the place. It was a good sunny day, the sweet breeze and the scenic natural environment made it even better. I spotted several amazing sea turtles, some turtles in rehabilitation, and also some fishes. I've always liked the sight of sea animals making this a worthwhile experience for me. The nature center was full of surprises and fun, definitely worth going to with your friends or family. I can vouch that the place wasn't that crowded (at least when I went there), giving people the chance to fully experience the nature center. Before we left we actually were able to see the release of a sea turtle at the beach. This turtle was in rehabilitation for quite a while, however, it was finally ready to come back to its natural habitat. A crowd of people was watching as this beautiful turtle came out of its holding place and crawled to the sea. Everyone was full of joy and clapped. After that amazing event, we finally head back home. Overall, this place is great to relax in if you really enjoy natural attractions.
Written September 9, 2021
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meme2six
122 contributions
Aug 2021
Absolutely the best adventure of our week ! We took a behind-the-scenes tour with Whitney and learned all about the injured/sick turtles and what is done for them to help restore their health. We heard stories of each turtle, the progress that turtle had made and whether or not that turtle may someday be released. We were standing right beside a tank when Whitney discovered that one turtle had gone to the bottom (like it was supposed to, but hadn't been doing) and she called over the radio and others came joyfully to celebrate. At the end of the tour we looked around the nature center and gift shop and I adopted Cane, one of the resident turtles, for my 6 grandchildren. They were so excited when our package arrived and they're eager to learn more about Cane and the other turtles. This was a wonderful place to visit !
Written September 1, 2021
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Dcrow
Thomaston, CT91 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
So happy to have found Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Boca is such a highly populated and busy area, this park was a breath of fresh air. Nicely maintained nature trails, tropical fish tanks and an impressive turtle hospital. Suggested donation is $10 and well worth it. Please support their efforts. Thanks to the volunteers here.
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Written April 8, 2022
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bert f
Far Hills, NJ174 contributions
Mar 2020
This is more of an actual research/educational center then a tourist attraction. Still well worth the time for a visit with he kids, even very young will be able to see into the tanks as they have windows on the sides at children’s heights. No set fee suggested donation $5, well worth it. Parking is difficult so go early.
Written March 6, 2020
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Arantxa A
1 contribution
Nov 2020
People should come and visit the Gumbo Limbo all the time. It is the best place for every age to come and see. There are so many different types of animals and species you can look at. And they even sometimes how shows to watch and learn. You wont ever leave that place without learning something new about animals. It is really worth you money to come and experience the life and learn new thing at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. My favorite part of coming and learning about the turtles that just came in and visiting old one from when I used to go when I was younger. After all it is a place you sure wont want to miss checking out when visiting Boca Raton.
Written September 8, 2021
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Azariah Lawson
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
Nov 2019
My favorite part about this park was the wildlife. The children loved seeing the turtles and where even able to pet/feed some of the sea creatures. 10/10, would recommend to any family just looking for a nice relaxing day with the children and at such a reasonable price.
Written October 2, 2020
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Carey H
Shanghai, China22 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The entire facility was both a great use of space and very educational for all ages. Although quite crowded, this facility has a well-used property in which you could spend hours learning a great deal about the local sea turtles. From the outdoor aquariums to "Turtle Talk" with John, my family absolutely loved our time here. We were more than happy to both chip in $5/person, support the gift shop, and still donate a bit more for a worthy cause.
Written March 4, 2020
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Adam W
10 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
Arrived at 8am and walked the boardwalk hammock trails. The aquariums were beautiful and the volunteers in the turtle rehabilitation area & inside were very knowledgeable and friendly. Spent more time than expected and photos and videos I saw did this place no justice in my opinion. Free to enter with a suggested donation of $10 which is well worth it!
Written March 19, 2022
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Kyle R
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
Jul 2021
Gumbo Limbo is a great place to visit for people of all ages! As a resident of Boca Raton, I have visited Gumbo Limbo many times over the years. I have had the opportunity to look at it through the lens as a young child, a school aged child and now a young adult. Each visit brings a different learning experience. It is a top destination on my list when we have guest come into town no matter how young or old they are. It is always a hit! The volunteers are so welcoming and passionate about the cause at Gumbo Limbo.
Written October 11, 2021
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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is open:
  • Mon - Mon 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM