Scenic view of beautiful blue Boca Raton inlet

Things to do in  Boca Raton

Ritzy, beachy bliss in South Florida

Wealthy Boca Raton has miles of beautiful beachline, a spectacular backdrop for a South Florida vacation. Near two airports, Boca Raton is an accessible destination with fine dining, captivating art, and sunsoaked shoreline without excessive crowds. Things to do for adults and families within the city cater to every budget. The Children’s Science Explorium and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center are engaging and educational, while Mizner Park’s affluent shops and elevated eateries offer indulgence.

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All about Boca Raton

When to visit

Although Boca is famous for its beachline, visitors may think twice about visiting in the summer. Hot temperatures, daily thunderstorms, and the threat of hurricanes make it a less than ideal season. Winter, on the other hand, brings warm temperatures to both air and ocean. Comfortable winter weather meshes well with annual outdoor events like the Museum Art Festival, presented by the Boca Raton Museum of Art and held in Mizner Park.

Getting around

The Palm Tran bus system serves stops throughout Boca Raton while the Tri-Rail offers a car-free way to explore the Palm Beaches and southern cities such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Downtown Boca Raton is walkable and cycle-friendly, with more than 84 miles (135 kilometers) of shared-use pathways and trails. However, traveling via car offers you the most flexibility and convenience throughout the city.

Traveler tips

Mizner Park’s shopping is legendary, but you'll get more from your visit if you time it to when there’s an event at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. This outdoor gathering space hosts concerts and other events like the annual Museum Art Festival. Visitors should also take advantage of the area's easy access to Florida’s inland swamps. Experience the wilds of the Everglades on airboat tours operating only 15 miles (24 kilometers) from downtown.

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People Also Ask

What is Boca Raton best known for?

Boca Raton is known for its beautiful beaches and wealth, leading some to call it the Beverly Hills of Florida. Places like the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, Six Tables a Restaurant, and Mizner Park are popular yet expensive destinations where visitors and locals indulge in spending sprees.

Are there alligators in Boca Raton?

Yes, Boca Raton’s residents include native alligators. It’s not uncommon to see them sunbathing near bodies of water. For a safe glimpse at these animals in the wild, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center has a raised boardwalk trail offering potential opportunities to spot alligators.

Does Boca Raton have nightlife?

Yes, Boca Raton has a number of centrally located bars and restaurants where locals eat, drink, and dance the night away. The downtown core has multiple late-night establishments within walking distance of each other, including Cosmo’s Nightclub and Lounge, One11 Boca, Salt and Spirits, and Reef Hookah and Grill.

Is Boca Raton LGBT friendly?

Yes, Boca Raton and the surrounding Palm Beach area welcome the LGBTQ+ community. Although Fort Lauderdale’s inclusive community is more established, Boca Raton’s includes gay-friendly hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Visitors can feel comfortable exploring the city with their partners without prejudice in public spaces.

Does Boca Raton have a boardwalk?

No, Boca Raton does not have a traditional boardwalk. Most of the beachfront is filled with private condominiums or hotels. There is a boardwalk connecting the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center with Red Reef Park, offering a path through a tropical hardwood hammock forest between the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.

How far is Boca Raton from the beach?

From downtown Boca Raton, the nearest beach is South Beach Park, which is about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) east. East Palmetto Park Road ends at the coastline, with paid public parking available along the beach. Boca Raton’s beach includes 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of lifeguard-protected shoreline.

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