I’ve lived in South Florida for many years in several different cities. Boca Raton was the first place I lived after Plantation, Florida, and years later, I still live just twenty minutes away from Boca Raton. We’re in Boynton Beach. Boynton’s a fab location kind of smack in the middle of Boca Raton and Palm Beach, forty minutes from Ft. Lauderdale, and an hour from Miami. Because I’ve lived here for many years, I sometimes get direct messages on Instagram for suggestions on what to do and see in Boca Raton, and so, I’ve put together this list of 30 things to do in Boca Raton. I’m sure I’ll add to it, but this is a terrific start!
Boca Raton (pronounced as Boca Rah-tone and hereafter referred to as Boca) means ‘rat’s mouth,’ but there’s nothing mousy about this affluent city, which has quite an interesting history. So whether you’re a beach or boat lover, nature lover, golfer, jazz enthusiast, or shopaholic (and let’s not forget the food), Boca has something for everyone. And of course, even if you’ve never been to Boca, I’m guessing you’ve heard it referenced on T.V. (Seinfeld) and in countless films. The reason?
Well… It’s Boca! If you know, you know.
So Let’s Get to those 30 Things to See and Do in Boca Raton
What’s more fun than retail therapy? That’s why Mizner Park is the perfect place to visit.
This open and outdoorsy mall features high-end shops for clothing and accessories, delicious restaurants from casual to fine, a movie theatre complex, an outdoor amphitheater, an artisan market, and more.
It is hard to miss the golden dome of the history museum in downtown Boca.
The Museum features Boca Raton’s rich history at the old town hall. You will find the most fun exhibits here like- the history of Boca, the IBM PC exhibit, and many other fun exhibits for kids and adults.
OK, so Butterfly World is located in Coconut Creek, but it’s only about 10 miles from Boca Raton, and it’s a fab place to visit; kids will love it too! Imagine beautiful butterflies fluttering all around on a sunny day, with classical music that plays in the background, the smell of roses, and the sight of waterfalls. The short trip is so worth the experience!
With 220 upscale stores, including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co., and more, Town Center is a true shopper’s paradise. And when you need a shopping break, there are numerous places to grab lunch or dinner.
The Wick is a place full of surprises! The Tavern is a treat for eyes and taste buds. It features the original chandelier that gives it a magnificent ambiance. The china, the crystals, and the fine food add to the whole experience. You can also enjoy musical productions and concerts here. The costume museum features the finest costumes by great designers of Broadway Stage and is a visitor favorite.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is one of the top Boca tourist attractions. It offers the best coastal and marine experience. You can explore marine ecosystems, observe aquarium feedings, and meet patient sea turtles in the rehabilitation center. You can also hike the nature trails, see native plants and local wildlife, or kayak through its luscious mangroves.
Culture and recreation—you can have the best of both in this municipal park. With various programs, Sugar Sand Park is equally popular among residents and visitors.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely day in the lush park. Or take a stroll around the Sand Pine natural trail. Families with young children love the carousel and water parks. Teens, older children, and athletes enjoy spending their time in athletic courts and a fully-equipped gym.
And, when you have enjoyed all that, you can catch an entertaining cultural show in the 155-seat theatre.
Enjoy an interactive and exciting experience at the Daggerwing Nature Center. Stroll across the beautiful boardwalk with bench-style trails or use the observation tower to explore abundant animal life, including woodpeckers, alligators, spy turtles, and bromeliads.
You will also enjoy seeing live animals and displays in the exhibition center.
Elegant and entertaining, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is an art lover’s dream. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Boca. With over 5000 unique pieces of American and European painting, drawing, graphics, and sculpture- the Museum offers a tasteful treat for art lovers. I recommend booking a guided tour, so you don’t miss out on anything,
If you love water and games and have one or more young children with you, you must visit Coconut Cove Waterpark.
With a 986-foot lazy river, 4-story slides, and lots of interactive water games, the Coconut Cover Waterpark is one of the most FUN things to do in Boca Raton.
P.S. If you visit the park after 3 pm, you can save $2 per adult/child.
Hike, bike, paddle, or camp- the 217 acres of natural area atop the Atlantic Coastal Ridge offers a lot of choices for tourists and residents.
Are you traveling with kids or furry friends? You will enjoy kid-friendly and dog-friendly trails for hiking. Bikers can enjoy the paved biking paths or off-road trails. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and paddle away.
This is a truly unique place that lets you enjoy Belgium in Boca! With its laid-back and lusciously dark taproom, you can taste and savor the perfectly crafted combinations of old-world Belgium and modern excellence. From year-round beers to seasonal selection and vintage collection, the Barrel of Monk offers the best quality Belgian Ale you will ever try in America.
Don’t forget to check out their weekly specials. Their current deals offer BOGO beer on Tuesdays, $12 Wing Nights on Wednesdays, and $12 Taco Thursdays.
A must-visit for history lovers, the Fred C. Aiken house dates to 1925 and features some beautiful Mediterranean architecture. This was the home to an influential executive in the film industry who later became the third mayor of Boca Raton.
If you’re visiting with kids, this will be a fab learning experience for them. Boca Raton Children’s Museum offers interactive activities that kids would enjoy. Visiting the bank and post office, grocery store, science and veterinary office, and health care center are some activities your kids will love. How fun is that!? The Museum is currently closed, so check your travel dates and see if the Museum has re-opened.
Popularly known as ‘Big Diamond,’ this lighthouse was constructed in Michigan and was transported 4000 miles from Michigan to this spot.
Suggestion- bring your closed-toe shoes; you’ll be required to hike to the top of the lighthouse.
This is a fab one! The Museum showcases historic rail cars and steam engines, and the Museum might give you an understanding of was traveling by train was in the past.
Plan your visit to the Sports Immortals Museum to see some significant and memorable sports collections. You can also decide to purchase some items if you’re a sports fan.
Experience Japanese culture at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. And Japanese farmers in the 1920s owned this area. There is so much to see at their rotating gallery exhibitions and expansive gardens. In addition, they host Japanese Culture events throughout the year, so don’t forget to check them out.
Who doesn’t love a little beach time? South Beach park is a fab place to soak up the Florida sun. There are no picnic tables, but that doesn’t stop anyone from visiting! LIfeguards are on duty, there are outdoor showers, public restrooms, and spectacular sunrises. Expect to see wildlife, greenery, surf fishing, and there’s a bonus! Parking is free!
If you love adventure, Palm Beach Hydroflight should be on top of your list, and it will make you feel like a superhero! You can choose from their 30 mins flight, 1-hour flight, and an hour-for-two flight. Options to rent their hydro-flight boats are also available.
Now, this is something worth experiencing. At Force-E Dive Center, you can swim with the fish. It’s a popular tourist attraction and something I recommend.
Get close to nature at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. It’s an experience worth having. Don’t forget your binoculars, as this place is known for sightings of more than 178 birds and wildlife like fish, alligators, turtles, raccoons, and frogs.
This beautiful park features a hiking trail that leads to the beach; they have great picnic spots and barbecue grills. This park also has a golf course just by the ocean. So this is a place you should keep in mind during your visit to Boca Raton.
Supposedly the best golf course in South Florida, Osprey is an 18-hole golf course and a golfer’s dream come true. Do visit if you love golf!
These reasonably priced helicopters are the best way to fully view the white sands, ocean, and beautiful city. They provide airborne photography, flight tours, and flight training. It’s something that should be on your list.
You have a variety of activities to pick from at the Spanish River Park, like picnics, beach activities, barbecues, swimming, fishing, hiking, and cycling. Though parking prices can be hefty, especially during the weekend, it’s a fabulous spot in Boca!
This park is located in Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. You can choose from activities like picnicking on one of the picnic tables, walking through its boardwalk paths, taking kids to its playground, kayaking or canoeing through the international waters, or just simply enjoying some quiet time. Keep in mind that the park is open Monday – Friday and closed on the weekends if you plan to visit here.
is safe, clean, and comfortable for your kids and has many playing options like obstacle courses, jumping on an inflated trampoline, a snack shack, arcade actions, and more.
You can enjoy facilities like basketball courts, softball fields, baseball, fitness trail, picnic pavilions, and other attractions at the children’s playground at the Patch Reef Park.
The outdoor playground is something your kids will surely love. It includes fun attractions such as the Electronic Playground, Ahoy matey, Space, etc.
Boating in Boca
What’s better than seeing the sights from a private boat or yacht? There are several boating companies to choose from in Boca, all reputable and all offering several options, to suit your needs. Boca Boat Adventures, Palm Breeze Charters, are just two charter services to look into for everything from an intimate boat ride to an all-out blast!
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What to See and Do in Boca Raton
And there you have it! Some of the most popular things to see and do in Boca. And yes, there’s more, and I’ll be adding more attractions periodically. Stay tuned for restaurant suggestions too!
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