Plan Your Visit

At this time, access to Gumbo Limbo’s property is only available via registered tours and programs. 

New! Gumbo Limbo Guided Tours! 

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is now offering scheduled guided tours for families and individuals!  Advanced reservations are required through Webtrac only; no phone reservations, please.

Please note that all payments are due in advance of the program, and that a spot cannot be guaranteed until payment is made in full. Payment at the time of the program will be charged at the “walk-in” price of $10 each.

If you do not have a Webtrac account, please see these instructions.

Naturalist-guided tours will last approximately an hour and a half.  Participants will tour the butterfly garden on the way to the shaded Ashley Trail loop, with a stop in the authentic Seminole Chiki with breathtaking views of the water.  We will see some of our patients in the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility and get an up-close look at the colorful fish and graceful stingrays in our four large outdoor aquariums. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Participants have the option to wear facial coverings. We recommend following social distancing when applicable, and following CDC guidelines is encouraged.  Entire 90 minute tour will be outside. No indoor accessibility other than restroom use. Restrooms available on-site.  Parts of the walking tour take place on a mulched trail.  For more information, including accessibility options, call (561) 544-8605. 

Cost:  Residents/Members $5 per person.  All others $8.  Children under 3 are free.  Same day registration is $10 per person at the gate if space is available.  Credit cards only.   

Important:  If you are registered for a tour, please arrive 15 minutes before program start to allow time for check-in and parking.

Gate will be closed 10 minutes after scheduled tour time; late arrivals will not be able to attend.                          

Reservations for tours scheduled through July 3 are open now.  See dates and times below:

  • June 22 at 9am-FULL, 11am-FULL, 1pm-FULL
  • June 23 at 9am-FULL, 11am-FULL, 1pm-FULL,
  • June 24 at 9am-FULL, 11am-FULL, 1pm-FULL
  • June 26 at 9am-FULL, 11am-FULL, 1pm-FULL
  • June 29 at 10am - FULL
  • June 30 at 10am
  • July 1 at 10am
  • July 3 at 9am, 11am(no 1pm tour)

Reservations for July 7-17 tours can be made beginning Wednesday, June 23 for Boca Raton residents and Gumbo Limbo members, and beginning Wednesday, June 30 for all others. 

  • July 7 at 10 am
  • July 8 at 10 am
  • July 10 at 9am, 11am
  • July 14  at 10am
  • July 15 at 10am
  • July 17 at 9am, 11am

Reservations for July 21-31 tours can be made beginning Wednesday, July 7 for Boca Raton residents and Gumbo Limbo members, and beginning Wednesday, July 14 for all others. 

  • July 21 at 10am
  • July 22 at 10am
  • July 24 at 9am, 11am
  • July 28 at 10am
  • July 29 at 10am
  • July 30 at 9am, 11am


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 and for more information.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and stay safe.

Hours & Admission

We are still CLOSED.  For future planning, our regular hours are listed below.

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

Suggested $5.00 donation per person
Major credit cards accepted.

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).

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