Plan Your Visit

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 North Ocean Boulevard (A1A)
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 544-8605

The Boardwalk is Open

We are very happy to welcome visitors to the Gumbo Limbo Boardwalk to enjoy a half mile-round trip walk through the Coastal Hammock Forest.

Before you visit, please note the following:

  • The Boardwalk will be accessible from the Red Reef West parking lot only.
  • The Boardwalk will be open 7:30 am – sunset
  • Parking fees apply
  • Restrooms are available at the golf course

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, north trails, and parking lots remain closed in response to the Coronavirus pandemic until further notice.  Please check gumbolimbo.org and myboca.us for more information.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and stay safe.
 

Hours & Admission

sea turtle sculptures on lawn

We are CLOSED.

Nature Center, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation & Aquariums

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nature Trails
Monday-Sunday, 7:00 am - Sunset
Restrooms are not available when the nature center is closed.

Closed (including trails)
New Year's Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

Admission
Suggested $5.00 donation per person
Major credit cards accepted.

Parking
There is free parking on site for Gumbo Limbo visitors only.  There is no beach parking permitted at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Additional parking is available in the Red Reef West parking lot, at the south end of our boardwalk (note: this is metered parking).

Weather
For the safety of our Visitors, Volunteers, and Staff, all outdoor facilities including the boardwalk, trails, Aquariums, and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility, are closed when lightning is in the area.

Site Map

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Map of property Legend: nature center, sea turtle exhibit, and Friends of Gumbo Limbo gift store; classroom (no exhibits), laboratory (No exhibits), FAU Research gallery, aquariums; outdoor marine aquariums, gopher tortoise habitat, boardwalk trail, amphitheater, butterfly garden, Ashley trail, Seminole Chiki, sea turtle sculpture garden, sea turtle rehabilitation facility. Main entrance, restrooms, parking, bench, stairs, ramp, paved road, concreate walkway, wooden walkway, second story walkway, mulched trail, water (intracoastal waterway) Map not to scale. North ocean Blvd.
 

Help us Stay Clean and Safe!

  • If you plan to pack a lunch or a snack, use the picnic facilities located in Red Reef West, at the south end of the boardwalk.  Picnicking is not permitted on Gumbo Limbo property.  Food invites unwanted wildlife interactions to our facility that can be harmful to the animals we have on exhibit, as well as visitors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Pets are not permitted anywhere on Gumbo Limbo or Red Reef Park property.
  •  ADA recognized service animals are permitted on the property.
  • Proper attire (no bathing suits), including shirts and shoes, are required at all times.  Sunbathing is not permitted on our property.
  • Most areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Bicycles, roller blades, roller skates, scooters, or other recreational vehicles are not permitted on our boardwalks, on our trails, or in our Butterfly Garden.  Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the boardwalks.
  • Minors are required to have adult supervision at all times.
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping, is prohibited.

Location & Directions

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is located at the north end of Red Reef Park

Directions from I-95
I-95 to Palmetto Park Road
East on Palmetto Park Road to A1A (North Ocean Boulevard)
Left (North) on A1A (North Ocean Boulevard)
Gumbo Limbo will be approximately 1 mile on your left

Directions from Florida Turnpike
Exit Glades Road
After toll booth - turn left (East)
Turn right (South) onto Dixie Highway
Turn left (East) on Palmetto Park Road to A1A (North Ocean Boulevard)
Left (North) on A1A (North Ocean Boulevard)
Gumbo Limbo will be approximately 1 mile on your left