We love sea turtles and we have an amazing resource in our backyard with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. It is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals - some rare or endangered. We joined our best friends for a fun morning exploring.
Gumbo Limbo is a place where you can go for 30 minutes or a couple of hours depending on what you are looking for. A majority of the areas are open and outside so it is an ideal place on a dry day. They recommend a $5/person donation. They close at 4pm.
Sea Turtle Conservation/Urgent Care Hospital
They monitor more than 600 nests a year within a five mile span of beaches. They rescue injured turtles and release more than 6000 stranded hatchlings each nesting season.
Their Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility allows you and amazing opportunity to see first hand the sea turtles who are being helped at Gumbo Limbo. Check out their facebook page to see when their next sea turtle release is. It is a fun event to attend.
The Florida Atlantic University lab conducts valuable scientific research which enhances our understanding of sea turtle behavior, physiology, and ecology.
The research creates practical applications in the conservation of sea turtles and other marine life.
Outdoor Marine Aquarium
We can spend hours watching the fish and turtles swim by. There are four large tanks so there is no shortage of animals to watch. Their volunteers are amazing and always there to answer any questions.
The Ashley trail and Butterfly Garden are a peaceful place to take in all the greenery and butterflies. Make sure to walk all the way down to the water. They ask that you don't swim, but we often take our shoes off and put our feet in the water.
What to Bring
It depends how long you want to spend there. Sometimes we just bring water and other days we bring a lunch. They ask that you don't picnic because they don't want food left behind for the animals, we make sure we pick up all of our food.
Check out their website http://www.gumbolimbo.org