Gumbo Limbo Nature Centeris a distinctive part of the City of Boca Raton’s parks system. The Center is surrounded by a rare remnant of coastal hammock, located on a barrier island. A boardwalk provides access to this unique tropical forest where, from the 40-foot observation tower, you can view Gumbo Limbo trees, migrating birds, Indian middens, the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Outdoor seawater tanks house sea turtles, sharks and other marine life, while the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility provides treatment and care for sick and injured sea turtles. An informal garden attracts butterflies throughout the year. Indoor displays feature wildlife indigenous to South Florida and a panorama of stained glass windows depicting the coastal island as it may have appeared in the 1500’s. Florida Atlantic University maintains an on-site marine biology research laboratory with a gallery above the lab allowing visitors to see projects conducted by university scientists. Visit the gift shop for educational and fun nature books, toys, puzzles, t-shirts, jewelry and much more.