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“A Sea Turtle observation place”

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Boca Raton
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Owner description: 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. Please note picnicking is not permitted.
South Florida, Florida
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136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Sea Turtle observation place”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

They rescue sea turtle injured and put them back at see once they are in good health again. You can observe the tree tops from observation towers. Not as many animals to watch as I would have thought. They have a big aquarium and a walking rail with a small butterfly garden. However overall pretty basic. they could do much more with a bit of creativity and funding I guess. Volunteers are very helpful and nice.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A nice get-away with elevated walk way for viewing”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Free admission but the volunteers aggressively seek a "donation" of five dollars per person which is a real turn off.
One of the rescue turtles (who was to be released the next day) was dropped while being moved to a new tank...I felt sick - surely a better method for such needs to be addressed!

Visited February 2013
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“My Favorite Attraction”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This place is a gem for visitors to South Florida. Nestled in a hammock of old Florida along the intercostal you can learn about different natural creatures. This is a Sea Turtle rehabilitation center open to the public. Volunteers are educated and will share their knowledge as well as answer any questions you may have. While the Sea Turtles are the main attraction there is also the tropical fish display, snakes, other creatures natural to Florida, and plants to view and learn about. The center offers interactive games that are fun for kids and adults as well. Stroll the boardwalk which winds through a jungle of Florida natural flora and fauna and leads you to the 40 foot observation tower. This is a great attraction for kids, couples or singles interested in experiencing the natural and intriguing side of Florida. The nice thing about it is you decide how long a visit. This attraction is free but please leave a donation at the front counter and support its sustainability and the potential growth of this fascinating center.

Visited February 2013
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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely day viewing nature”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Free admission, though we did provide donation. Enjoyed the talks and seeing the turtles being helped back to health. Nice and clean tanks with fish and turtles. Nice area to walk and view butterflies in the wild.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 reviews
“A beautiful Nature Center Sea Turtles”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program in a beautiful setting... great for kids and adults alike - a must do!

Visited January 2013
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