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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

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Address: 1801 North Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
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+1 561-544-8605
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9:00 am - 4:00 am
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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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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center didn't sound so great from what I read but we decided to check it out anyway. So glad we did. The nature center isn't very large but the sea turtles are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center didn't sound so great from what I read but we decided to check it out anyway. So glad we did. The nature center isn't very large but the sea turtles are amazing and so are the aquariums and the volunteers. These aquariums will not be huge and elaborate. They are outside and very well done. Best... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place! Was surprised at how nice it was for a free attraction for the kids. They ask for a donation at the door - but small price to pay for a great experience.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lame. Sea turtles and fish in tanks. Wow. Go to the pet store. You'll see the same thing. Nature walks. Zzzzzz..... skip this and go to the beach. (Oh, by the way, it's free, so at least you don't have to pay for this).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to take in the turtle's and fish, relaxing and you can learn about them, everyone is friendly. They care for the turtles wonderfully.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The rescued turtles here are very special. Docents are well informed and friendly. The aquarium is always fun and don't miss feeding time. Take the stairs up to see the research labs and don't forget the butterfly garden. Also a great gift shop.

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Whitestone, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed this nature center. Saw turtles, fish and butterflies. No charge for parking! A delightful destination for all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In a casual chat with a local (asking directions) this place was recommended for a visit. We happened by around 11am and spent two hours on the boardwalk walk, viewing the turtles, butterflies and exhibits. No admissions but donations accepted. Happy we spent a few hours here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours here one afternoon, and parking was free. I enjoyed seeing the large sea turtles who were recuperating in the turtle hospital. One was being released that afternoon. I also liked seeing the beautiful coloured tropical fish and eels in multiple tanks. I was fascinated by the dainty butterflies in the garden. It was a nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gumbo Limbo is a nature center along A1A in Boca Raton. The time to go is early morning when the fish and Sea Turtles are fed. My 5 yr. old granddaughter loved hearing about how the Sea Turtles got hurt and are nursed back to health and then released back to the Sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently visited the nature center and spent a couple of hours there. The turtles were a big attraction,since they rescue them-rehabilitate and release them back when they are ready. The volunteers are very knowledgeable-There are fish tanks-classes for young children-a butterfly garden and walking trail-This is a great family attraction

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