Explorers Guide to Boca Raton

When you look at Boca Raton on the map, you’ll probably think that the best part is its central location ─ close to both Orlando and Miami with plenty of beach to enjoy. While there is certainly much to do in those cities, Boca Raton has plenty of wonderful things to do you might miss otherwise. Don’t miss out on these gems the next time you visit!

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 

In the early 20th century, a recent NYU graduate returned home to Japan and gathered a pioneering group of young farmers to what is now the northern part of Boca Raton. There they formed a farming colony named Yamato on the spot that is now the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Opened in 1977, Morikami is the center for Japanese arts and culture in southern Florida. Exhibitions rotate continuously, tea ceremonies are performed monthly (October through May), and plenty of Japanese festivals are celebrated here as well. The 16 surrounding acres are filled with expansive Japanese-styled gardens including strolling paths, resting areas, bonsai trees, and koi-filled lakes. Its tranquility is beautiful, and this destination is the perfect place to rest and relax.  

Mizner Park 

Mizner Park, located in downtown Boca, is a prime destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Enjoy yourself in its stunning plaza, explore many of the attractions, such as the art exhibit, or even catch a concert in the Mizner Park Amphitheater. Stores line the park with renowned jewelers, local boutiques with charming gifts, national retailers, and 16 of the best restaurants for any taste! If that is not enough, then check out the iPic theater and upscale cinema with in-theater dining and reserved luxury seats. If you’re planning a day out in Boca Raton, you could spend it all here and still need plans to come back for more! 

Red Reef Park 

If you’re looking to experience the nature near Boca Raton, then look no further than Red Reef Park. Secluded within dense trees, plants, and a pristine beach, Red Reef Park is home to many of Florida’s native birds and is the perfect place for a beach day or a great getaway for water activities. Take your camera and capture beautiful images of native birds, go snorkeling, or simply enjoy the beach itself. Surf fishing is also a very popular activity, ideal for a day out in the Florida sun! 

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 

If you’re still looking to experience nature up close, then you can’t pass up the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Founded in 1984, it is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University, and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Drift through their wonderful aquariums, lose yourself in the butterfly park, or visit some of the cute patients in the sea turtle rehabilitation facility. The protected 20 acres of the Barrier Island provide refuge to many varieties of plants and animals – even some endangered and rare. The center offers many educational opportunities to learn more about the preservation of our natural environment and all the residents within the nature center.  

Boca Raton Museum of Art 

Built-in 1962, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is a celebration of not only the creative expression of the region and city, but internationally as well. Serving as the cultural heart of Boca Raton, you can always find something beautifully interesting residing within its walls. Now reaching its sixth decade, it is the perfect place for parties or families of all ages. Experience permanent and traveling exhibitions, an educational gallery, and even a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden. Lecture, film series, cell phone tours, and special events are always painting the way for people to enjoy everything the museum offers.