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Boca Raton has children-oriented activities and places.
There's a wonderful Children's Museum just north of Palmetto Park Rd near Dixie Hwy - near the Boca Raton Comunity Center- 498 Crawford Blvd 561-368-6875 Tues. - Sat.: 12 – 4 p.m. http://cmboca.com/
For nature, see the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex (1801 N. Ocean Blvd, 561/338-1473). This 20-acre complex preserves one of only a few forest islands (“hammocks”) left in Southern Florida. You and your family can walk through the hammock on a ½-mile-long elevated boardwalk which eventually leads to an observation tower that gives a view of the ocean and much of Boca Raton. From mid-April to September, sea turtles come to these shores to lay their eggs!
If you are closer to the western reaches of Boca Raton:
Grab the kids and head to the Daggerwing Nature Center, where you will see all sorts of birds, such as herons, egrets, woodpeckers, warblers, and more. Wander the trails and hear the songbirds singing away above you. If everyone feels comfortable in the dark, grab some flashlights and take the family on one of the park’s Night Hikes, which is an evening wake-up call for owls at 6pm.
Across from Daggerwing, also part of South County Regional Park, is Coconut Cove Water Park (there's a fee, and it is closed part of the year, so call first). (561) 274-1140. It's perfect for children.
In the same park- there is a large outdoor amphitheatre-Sunset Cove. They are planning Friday night movies and free performances throughout the year. (They'll be a dog park near there eventually) (561) 488-7414
There's no direct road from Daggerwing until further construction is completed (maybe summer 2008?), but you can access it by heading west of Rt 441 (AKA State Rd 7- about a mile west of the turnpike) off Glades Rd, follow signs PAST Cain Blvd.
Sugar Sand Park just south of Palmetto Park Rd on Jog Rd has a beautiful Carousel, a lovely multi story playground, and for teens- an outdoor skate park for hockey. Inside the main building there's a wonderful Exploratorium just perfect for children- touch and interactive type scientific displays, plus a small theatre which has regularly scheduled