Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 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. Enjoy a walk on our boardwalk which travels 1/3 mile through the coastal forest. Ascend Jacob’s Outlook, our 40-foot-tall observations tower, featuring an ADA accessible switchback ramp, to get a bird’s-eye view of Boca Raton’s barrier island. 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 Waterway. A variety of native fish and other marine animals reside in large outdoor marine aquariums. Florida Atlantic University has an onsite marine biology laboratory with a gallery for viewing research projects. Don't miss the sea turtle rehabilitation center and the gift store, operated by The Coastal Stewards.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Aden K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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MUTigerInIL
Bloomington, IL190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This place is a must visit if you're in the area. They only suggest a $5 donation per person, and you get 1-3 hours of learning about ocean environments and animals, centering around sea turtles, which the facility serves as a rescue operation. There are trails to hike and a butterfly habitat. This place is great for kids and adults. When we visited we happened to catch the feeding and habitat education period, which started at 12:30 PM. Try to catch that session.
Written March 7, 2020
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Nathaniel A
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Waterfall6669
London, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Well kept facility with exhibits showing sea turtles and all sorts of sea life, plus rehabilitation tanks for rescued endangered sea turtles. Staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful. There is a beautiful butterfly garden and walking trails. An interesting and beautiful place for all ages.
Written February 12, 2020
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cmrtraveler
Orland Park, Illinois130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed this as a side trip one afternoon. You were able to walk through and view the turtle habitats. At 2:00 there was a speaker who educated us on the endangered and injured turtles in Florida. We saw the turtles being rehabbed and hopefully they are returned to the ocean. Fun for families! No entry fee but you can make a $5 or more donation to the rehab portion of this wonderful facility
Written January 5, 2020
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Arantxa A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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bbmuller
Strongsville, OH569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a unique and special place, and considering the affordable $5 donation should not be missed. I just loved learning about the turtle rehabilitation. There are volunteers throughout the place sharing interesting facts about the the creatures in the aquarium exhibits too. I also enjoyed walking the trails and witnessing so many beautiful butterflies.
Written March 11, 2020
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Justin Fousek
Durham, NC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This place is amazing. I remember coming here as a child and loving the aquariums and all of the exhibits and trails. They have now added a Turtle Rehabilitation Center with some permeant residents. Any trip to the area should have Gumbo Limbo on the itinerary.
Written August 20, 2022
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A N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
At Gumbo Limbo, I just recently went to a nighttime sea turtle hatching where Gumbo Limbo allowed us to assist and watch roughly 200 baby sea turtles crawl and make their way to sea. Definitely recommend it for animal lovers out there or just looking for an incredibly unique experience. Would recommend not wearing bright clothes if going and turning off flash beforehand because you'll definitely be snapping photos the entire time!!
Written September 12, 2022
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