Located on the southeastern coast of the sunshine state, Boca Raton is a vacationer’s dream spot. With the gentle touch of the Florida summer breeze and year-round kisses from the sun, this paradise offers an abundance of things to do. Boca Raton is known for its parks and beaches, and it’s no wonder that people come from all over to spend a few days in this gorgeous city. Once you’ve found a place to stay, grab a rental car that gets great gas mileage and maximize your budget to take the family on as many fun outings as possible, you’re ready to get on the road.
1.- Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
This would be a great start to an all-ages Boca Raton trip. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center saves turtles and rehabilitates them to be reintroduced back into their natural habitat. With viewing tanks to see different kinds of tropical fish and lots of opportunities to learn, this center is perfect to take young children.
The center also offers a relaxing trail that you and your family can explore, and even features a fish feeding presentation if you arrive before noon. Entrance to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is free, however; it is asked that guests voluntarily donate 5 dollars per person to help pay for the conservation, education and research programs that take center stage.
2.- Red Reef Park
It’s almost impossible to visit the coast of Florida and not go to the beach. The weather is always at its peak of perfection in Boca Raton, and the best way to take advantage of that is to visit Red Reef Park. Take your kids to the park, watch a gorgeous sunset on the sand with your loved one, or go snorkeling to fully experience this local hotspot. With a beach and a park all in one, this could be a one stop shop for an entire day’s adventure. The water and sand are almost as warm as the people who live here, but you will just have to see it for yourself.
3.- The Boca Express Train Museum
The Boca Express Train Museum is in the historical 1930 FEC train depot at Old Town Hall in downtown Boca Raton. Visitors will begin their tour at the train depot aboard a 1947 Seaboard Air Line rail car. The meticulously restored dining and lounge rail cars are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offer guests a glimpse into the glamorous era of rail travel. The museum also has a 1930 Baldwin steam switch engine and a 1964 Atlantic Coast Line caboose for visitors’ viewing pleasure. Children’s Train tours are available twice monthly and advanced reservations are available for $10 per adult and $5 per child.
4.- Flyboarding at the nearest beach
Flyboarding is a new and exciting water sport might become your new favorite hobby. If you enjoy water sports and have a fearless heart, you will definitely enjoy this part of your trip the most.
Flyboarding is described as a water jet propelled board hooked up to a 60-foot hose that attaches to a watercraft and utilizes the propulsion to push the flyboarder into the air. Basically, if you want to explore your inner Ironman, look no further. Every 45-minute session includes a detailed informational guide tailored to each individual and an instructor close by, so you know you will be safe.
One session costs anywhere from $190-$250 depending on the package you choose. If you can swing it, it will definitely be worth it and there are discounted rates available. Feel yourself fly through the air above the water and dive into the ocean like a dolphin. This full body experience will have you begging for more.
And a bonus just for the parents…
5.- BikeCruz BrunchHop
If you are a fan of brunch and need a new date idea, drop your kids with a babysitter get ready for an experience that will change your life. BikeCrUz BrUnchHop is a multi-passenger, custom built CrUzer that is basically a small tour bus and a tandem bike combined. Passengers pedal together to Boca Raton’s best brunch spots while listening to music, singing, dancing and drinking breakfast cocktails.
Included in the $75 fee per person, you’ll enjoy bottled water, alcoholic beverages galore, and a delicious breakfast. Take friends to make it a double or triple Boca Raton date. If you are out solo or with a partner, this is also a great way to meet other people and have a laugh.
Whether you are visiting with your family or hitting the town with your best buds and their kids, Boca Raton will have something for everyone to enjoy!