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Gumbo Limbo Nature Center


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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. A boardwalk provides access to this rare tropical forest where, from the 40-foot observation tower, you can view gumbo limbo trees, migrating birds, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway (boardwalk currently closed for renovation; phase 1 expected to reopen Fall 2016). Indian middens, shell piles left by the Glades Indians over 2000 years ago, are located within the hammock. 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 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.

  • Activities:
  • Birding,
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Gift Shop, Parking
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours,


Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings

Now - April 30, 2017
What is the connection between mangrove and coral reef communities? How do fish use these habitats? Learn about the fascinating behaviors of fish, sting rays, and other marine life during these FREE daily feeding presentations. No reservations required. Meet at the outdoor aquariums. Daily at 1:00 pm All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Awesome nature center! I like the supersized aquariums showing local ecosystems with fish, eels, turtles, lobsters. And the sea turtles being cared for all have interesting stories and are shown a lot of love. The gift shop isn't touristy, but has beautiful items for home, and a great selection of books.
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