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“Diamond in the Rough!”

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Ranked #1 of 81 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.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
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“Diamond in the Rough!”
Reviewed February 7, 2011

Gumbo Limbo is named after the beautiful red-barked gnarly trees that line alot of the streets and beaches here in southern Florida. While the park is free it is understood to leave at least a 5$ per person donation to keep the park around for future generations. I would recommend taking the walk up the observation tower but because of the height of surrounding trees the view towards the ocean is not all that impressive, but being high up is always exhilarating - plus its great exercise with pay off.

There are huge salt water tanks in the back of the park with rescued animals and usually someone around to do a talk or a feeding. This is a great way to spend a few hours alone, with a friend, or family.

Visited November 2010
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Bedford, Texas
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“Worth the short drive from Coral Springs”
Reviewed March 10, 2010

While visiting family in Coral Springs, we were looking for outdoor activities involving nature. I had read about Gumbo-Limbo in a coastal Florida travel guide, and an ambassador at FLL airport also mentioned it as a worthwhile attraction. It was about 20 minutes drive from Coral Springs.

We visited with three children 3 and under, 2 teenagers, and 5 adults in our group. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and many families like ours enjoyed the nature center, the outdoor paths with flowers and butterflies, the sandy shoreline, and the observation tower. I was impressed with the modest setting and the focus on nature preservation. One of the nature center staff members held and talked about a small snake, and our boys were very fascinated and eager to pet it. Outdoors, there was a lengthy discussion about sea turtles during the feeding times.

This was a great way to spend an easygoing afternoon with family. The recommended donation of $5 was a small price to pay, as the money goes to a good cause.

Thank Nicococure
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Level 1 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
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“Great Stop”
Reviewed October 21, 2009

Gumbo Limbo, strange name, nice place. They are sometimes more exciting than others, they take in endangered sea animals, or injured sea animals, so its always different. There are about 4 or 5 hugs out door tanks, volunteers give you the low down on all the animals along with a free tour. There are trails to walk, sites to see, parking is free, and a small gift shop. Entrance is also free but they take donations for the cause. My kids love it, have been there many many many many times. After an hour or two you'd probably seen the whole place.

Thank Swicksta
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Casselberry, FL
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“Lot's of Fun”
Reviewed October 13, 2009

I love nature, and I love learning about it. This was perfect. There were a few different tanks, with fish and small sharks. There was a tank with a baby sea turtle. There were numerous walkways under the shade of the trees (this is a hammock.) There is also a little hop and information center. There is an area where you can see if the sun has damaged your skin throughout the years. Bring a couple dollars to donate (though you don't have to) as they don't charge an entrance fee.

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aylesbury, england
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“Great Enviromental Excursion”
Reviewed September 14, 2009

A truly memorable day was spent at this lovely Nature Reserve. It is both educational and entertaining and the sea turtles were adorable! On the day we visited a male and female turtle were released at sea, this event was celebrated with cake for the visitors and supporters.
The nature trail is fascinating, lots of spiders, butterflies and bugs to spot as well as other interesting creatures.
Entrance is free, but suggested donation is $3 per person. Please support this wonderful place, it makes a great family day out.

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