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Free admission to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca

If you’re on a quest to discover a place where you can take the kids and enjoy the day for next to nothing, then the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is definitely a place for the whole family to enjoy an authentic outdoor Florida adventure. And best of all, admission is free!

Credit: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

There is no charge for general admission. The facility is supported by the taxpayers in the City of Boca Raton and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. If you would like to make a donation to help support the animals, programs, and exhibits, you may do so at the Welcome Desk. Special programs do require a nominal fee.

Without a fee, you can visit the butterfly garden, the shaded Ashley Trail loop, and the authentic Seminole tiki that offer great views of the water. You can also get a close-up view of fish and stingrays in their four large and lighted outdoor aquariums. Plus, there is a boardwalk offering a closer look at nature without getting your feet wet.

Gumbo Limbo Gopher turtles at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Lisa Jacobs.

Stroll the Boardwalk: Take in the sights and sounds of Mother Nature along the Gumbo Limbo Boardwalk. The half-mile-round trip takes you through the Coastal Hammock Forest under a canopy of trees.

Boardwalk at Gumbo Limbo through the Coastal Hammock Forest. Photo courtesy of Lisa Jacobs.

The Nature Center’s marine aquariums showcase tens of thousands of gallons full of plants and animals native to this environment. These habitats serve as a vital nursery ground for many fish and other organisms, plus visitors can view feedings at the aquariums. The Center also sponsors the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation facility where you can visit recovering patients. See free Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings daily at 12:30 p.m. and learn about marine creatures, their habits and habitat (weather permitting).

Recurring weekly or monthly activities include:

  • Beachcombing
  • Citizen Science Squad for ages 9-13: $5-$8
  • Early Birding with Al for ages 10 and above: Free
  • A Walk in the Hammock
  • Little Wonders for ages 3-4: $8-$10
  • Nature Detectives for ages 5-6: $8-$10
  • The Science of Nature for ages 7-8: $8-$10
  • Golden Hour Guided Tour

The center also offers snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing adventures for up to $25 with advance reservations via WebTrac. Plus, don’t forget to check out the volunteer opportunities.

Check the Center’s online calendar for an updated list of activities.

Visiting hours for the Nature Center: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday noon-4 p.m.; closed on federal holidays.

PARKING: There is free parking onsite for Gumbo Limbo visitors only. There is no beach parking permitted at the Center. Additional parking is available in the Red Reef West parking lot, at the south end of the boardwalk with metered parking.

Trails are wheelchair accessible. For more information, including accessibility options, call (561) 544-8605. 

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is located at 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) in Boca Raton. For the latest information on what’s open in Boca Raton parks visit, gumbolimbo.org to become an a Gumbo Limbo Coastal Steward and myboca.us for details for ongoing Center activities.

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Also read our post about other scenic parks and natural areas plus more activities at the Nature Center.

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12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

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Public Walking Tour, WPB

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

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Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Jr. Research Lab, Juno Beach

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Public Walking Tour, WPB

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Public Walking Tour, WPB

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Jr. Research Lab, Juno Beach

3:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Public Walking Tour, WPB

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Friday, September 29, 2023

Public Walking Tour, WPB

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Guided nature hike, Jupiter

9:00 am | FREE | Riverbend Park, Jupiter

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton

12:30 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton
When
Daily @ 12:30 pm (starting June 26, 2023)
Cost
FREE
What
Outdoor marine aquarium feedings, Boca Raton
Where
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton
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I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Send me notices and details for upcoming free events, in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, to events@SouthFloridaOnTheCheap.com.

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