Boca Raton, lovingly referred to by locals as simply “Boca,” truly has it all. Looking for the beach? It’s there. Interested in the outdoors? It’s there too. Craving culture? Well, guess what, it has that too! With exceptional options for sightseeing, shopping, events, and restaurants, Boca will keep you coming back for fun under the Florida sun. Here are 10 popular Boca Raton attractions for you to enjoy on your next visit to The Palm Beaches.
1. Mizner Park
Mizner Park is Downtown Boca’s premier spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Take a stroll through the Plaza, visit an art exhibition, or even catch a concert at the Mizner Park amphitheater. The shopping component is the heartbeat of Mizner Park, offering discerning shoppers a high level of luxury choices with renowned jewelers, boutiques, national retailers, and the finest restaurants catering to all tastes. For the ultimate movie-going experience, try iPic Theaters, a luxury cinema with reserved premium seating and delicious in-theater dining.
Address: 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
2. Boca Raton Museum of Art
As the premier cultural institution in South Florida, this museum attracts over 200,000 visitors each year to its programs and galleries. The 44,000-square-foot facility has gained international recognition for its ever-changing exhibitions and distinguished permanent collection. The museum’s many public programs include artist presentations, family activities, and art classes at its Art School. Children (under 15) and students (under 18) enter for free, while adults pay $16.
Address: 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
3. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
This joint project hosts environmental programs for all ages, as well as themed events and activities centered around sea turtles: sea turtle summer camps, turtle walks, outdoor hatchling releases, and free marine feedings, to name a few. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per person is always welcome.
Address: 1801 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
4. Town Center at Boca Raton
One of South Florida’s premier luxury shopping destinations, Town Center at Boca Raton features an excellent mix of high-end specialty shops, favorite mall retailers, and a wide variety of great restaurants. Shoppers come from all over the world to explore over 200 stores and an impressive lineup of department stores: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales. Also, shop at Apple, Cartier, Gucci, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Lilly Pulitzer, Montblanc, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., and more.
Address: 6000 Glades Road, Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
5. The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
The Costume Museum at The Wick Theatre is a stunning display of the most iconic Broadway costumes worn by the most revered and respected designers in the history of American Musical Theatre. This amazing venue houses a collection of original costumes from over 50 Broadway productions and revivals with an estimated value of over $20 million. Tours are available, as well as theater shows, cabaret, and dining with sumptuous meals at The Tavern Room, a loving tribute to the famous Tavern on the Green® complete with the beautiful china and crystal from that iconic restaurant. Dine beneath the amber and crystal chandelier that once adorned its lobby.
Address: 7901 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487.
6. Red Reef Park
Red Reef Park is a secluded, foliage-rich area that is a favorite for a variety of small birds. Bring your camera and see if you can capture images of larger, more spectacular birds on the park’s ocean side. Snorkeling at the southern end of the park and surf fishing are leisure activities, and beach access is available with plenty of parking options. Additional amenities include shower stations, trails, and a picnic area equipped with grills, tables, and bathrooms.
Address: 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
7. FAU Stadium
Located on the Florida Atlantic University campus, FAU Stadium is an outdoor multi-purpose stadium consisting of 30,000 seats, 32 suites, and 24 luxury loge boxes. Home to the annual RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, FAU Stadium has also hosted other major sporting events, including the NCAA Women’s College Cup Soccer Championship and a friendly match of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. FAU Stadium is the only stadium in the country that offers a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Address: 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
8. Sugar Sand Park
Whether you’re looking for something to inspire you, ignite your creativity, stimulate your mind, or challenge you physically, there are a variety of exciting experiences awaiting you at Sugar Sand Park. Visit the Children’s Science Explorium to learn about the fantastic world of science, take a spin on the carousel, catch an up-close and personal show at the Willow Theatre, or enjoy the Science Playground for fun for all ages. You can even take a walk in the wilderness along Sugar Sand Park’s two nature trails, Sand Pine and Slash Pine.
Address: 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486.
9. Daggerwing Nature Center
The Daggerwing Nature Center is located within the beautiful confines of Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. Features include a 3,000-square-foot exhibit hall with live animals and state-of-the-art interactive displays, classroom facilities, a laboratory, a lobby, a reading area, and an elevated boardwalk that takes you on a relaxing journey through a swamp. The boardwalk features two trails and bench-style seating, as well as an observation tower to view the abundant plant and animal life, including ospreys, woodpeckers, butterflies, endangered wood storks, alligators, and a wide variety of bromeliads.
Address: 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton, FL 33498.
10. Boca Raton Historical Society
Visitors can dive into the rich history of Boca Raton at the Boca Raton Historical Society, located in the historic 1927 City Hall, originally designed by Addison Mizner and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A variety of historical tours are available by advance reservation, including a walking tour of famous Boca Raton.
Address: City Hall, 71 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432.
For more information on things to do in Boca Raton (and there is certainly more to talk about), check out our Boca Raton page. And for suggestions on where to stay while in town, visit the downtown Hyatt Place Boca Raton / Boca Raton Wyndham, Waterstone Resort & Marina, and Boca Raton Resort.