Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton

Turtles at Gumbo Limbo

Turtles at Gumbo LimboWe headed over to Gumbo Limbo a few weeks ago, and yes I only just got the photo’s edited!

If you have not been in awhile, you really should go!  They have done an immense amount of work to update and build new tanks.

Gumbo Limbo is a Nature Center in Boca Raton, and it is both a city park and a part of the FAU Research Programs.  Sea turtles are studied, rehabbed and released through this facility.  Gumbo Limbo was created in 1984 and focuses on environmental education.

The nature center is a preserve for all kinds of native wildlife and includes trails and Lake Wyman at Gumbo Limboboardwalks, tanks of native fish, butterfly gardens and a fire tower that is 40 feet high overlooking the mangroves, Lake Wyman, and even the Atlantic Ocean.

Gumbo Limbo offers educational programs, fish feedings, and school programs all year long.  The facility is free to enter however there is a suggested donation of $5 per person.  This is a great place to spend a few hours with the family, get in touch with nature and learn about the amazing environment we are so lucky to have in our back yard!


The Weekend Ahead!

Dubois Park in Jupiter, FL
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DuBois Park in Jupiter Florida

Are you ready to plan your weekend?

I found so very many things for the weekend ahead!  There is no reason to be bored this weekend with so many great places to go!

 

If you are looking for more places to visit, check out the Events & Review Section.

My Pick for the Weekend!

DuBois Park in Jupiter

Since the weather is supposed to be at its South Florida Best, my Pick for the weekend is DuBois Park in Jupiter, it really is the best place to float in South Florida.  So Pack a cooler and spend the day on a raft!

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DuBois Park in Jupiter is the best place to float in South Florida.

Dubois Park in Jupiter

 

A friend of mine convinced me to take a ride up to Jupiter to DuBois Park to have a float in the inlet.  It is located at 19075 DuBois Road, Jupiter, Dubois Park in JupiterFlorida 33477.  It is an area surrounded by mangroves off the inlet so there are very little waves and it’s generally pretty shallow.The day I went the tide was unusually high and the deepest place was up to my chest.  I am only 5’2″ so that’s  not too deep.  My friend who has been going here for years said she had never seen it so deep. You can wade from one shore to the other easily and down the inlet about 1/4 of a mile.  There is also a little “island” in the middle where the kids can catch hermit crabs and snails.  We had such a great day there, we intend to go back very soon.So get your floats and hang out in the water, cause you won’t find a better place to swim with the family in this Life Guarded little cove.  DuBois Park has a playground, picnic tables and bathrooms.  There is also an historic house on the property, but I couldn’t get my kid out the water long enough to investigate it!Oh, and the park has free entry and free parking. 

FYI – Check on the Dubois Website before you go as they do sometimes close without much warning http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/locations/dubois.htm#.VuqZh9DKuVQ

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Easter by the Sea at Lauderdale by the Sea

Easter Bunny at Lauderdale by the Sea
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley

The Town of Lauderdale by the Sea will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest.   April  7, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The event starts promptly at 9 so don’t be late!  The egg hunt is broken up into 3 groups, starting with the youngest kids.  The volunteers who plan the Town events always do an amazing job!

Past Review:
The event was moved a few years back from the Municipal Park Ball Field to the parking lot of the Town Hall. The Egg Hunt itself was split up by age group and even though the area was much smaller and more crowed the Egg Hunt was still successful. No child left without a full basket at this hunt.  I did wish that they had allowed kids to enter from both ends. The smaller kids had a the disadvantage of getting all the way across fast enough.  I must admit I did like doing it on the field better as the parking lot was very crowded.

Refreshments were provided in Jarvis Hall along with a visit from the Big Guy himself, the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny arrived in South Florida style riding in a decorated red convertible Mini where he awed the crowd with his dancing ability. There were also photo opportunities for those who brought their cameras inside Jarvis Hall.

Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley

Last but not least is the Bonnet Contest.  Anyone can enter all you have to do is be creative, and the locals of LBS are that! These amazing Easter bonnets are adorned with everything from Easter Baskets to Bunny ears and look like they are as much fun to make as they are to see. We are definitley going to try to make a bonnet this year!

Lauderdale by the Sea’s next Town Event will be the Town Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks, so make sure to mark calendar now because celebrations in the Town of Lauderdale by the Sea are not to be missed.

Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley
Easter by the Sea Photo Credit: C Buckley

Christmas by the Sea Review

Wow, this was a crazy busy event!  The place was packed which made it difficult to let my 2 year old walk around for fear that she would get run over.  That being said, she was out of her mind excited to see Santa in the parade on top of the fire truck!

All and all it turned out be a lovely night.  It was cool for Florida and it felt wonderful!  There were pony rides, the steal drum band, and of course an Elvis Karaoke band that was quit fun to watch.

I know, I know I promised a video blog and I am working on it!  Apparently I am not as talented at movie making as I had assumed.  I will try to salvage something of the video to post ASAP!

I think we are going to check out the lights at Tradwinds park this weekend so I will get back to you on that very soon too.

Happy Holidays!