This is truly one of the neatest places to visit in the Boca Raton area. I have been here several times now, but each time I learn something new and have a great time.
Admission is by donation only; however, the $5 suggested donation is very reasonable, especially considering the great work Gumbo Limbo does with sea turtle rescue and conservation. The nature center includes several exhibits on the local flora and fauna. The nature trail is a neat boardwalk through mangrove forests and includes a canopy tower that provides spectacular views of the ocean and intercostal waterway. The butterfly garden is neat too.
The nature center recently built new tanks that house a variety of sea animals. The best part, of course, is the sea turtle rehabilitation area. They have several tanks in which they are helping injured and diseases sea turtles regain their health so that they may return to the ocean. Volunteer staff are extremely knowledgable and friendly. You should also check out the sea turtle lab that houses baby sea turtles. An overlook provides a great view of the several tanks and dozens of small sea turtles.
This is a great attraction for families with young children or teens, friends, older couples, or even if you're just by yourself. I will continue to visit when I am in the area.