Fun Things to Do in Boca Raton with Family
The biggest draw to Boca Raton, Florida, may be the sugary white sand beaches and the gorgeous turquoise Atlantic, but there are plenty of other things to do when visitors have had their fill of fun in the sun. There are many museums for travelers to explore, like the Boca Express Train Museum and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Adrenaline junkies will relish opportunities to ride high-speed boats, helicopters, airboats, and Flyboards. Nature lovers will appreciate Butterfly World and the Daggerwing Nature Center. Nearly all the attractions listed here are family friendly. These so many fun things to do in Boca Raton will add hours of enjoyment to any beach vacation.
Boca Express Train Museum
The Boca Express Train Museum is in the historical 1930 FEC train depot at Old Town Hall in downtown Boca Raton. Visitors can begin their tour at the train depot aboard a 1947 Seaboard Air Line rail car. The meticulously restored dining and lounge rail cars are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offering guests a glimpse into the glamorous era of rail travel. The museum also has a 1930 Baldwin steam switch engine and a 1964 Atlantic Coast Line caboose for visitors’ viewing pleasure. Train tours are available twice monthly. The Fire Bay gift shop is also located at the museum.
Beginning as a butterfly hobby farm in 1984, Butterfly World has evolved into a 3-acre butterfly aviary and botanical garden, research center, 2-acre tropical bird aviary, interactive lorikeet experience, and aviculture care and research center. Proceeds from Butterfly World support the Boender Endangered Species Laboratory at the University of Florida. Butterfly World has also been important to saving endangered butterflies and bringing them off the endangered species list. Guests can explore Butterfly World on self-guided tours using a site map. Guests can learn about butterfly facts like their average life span and more. After touring the park, visitors can shop for butterfly-related products at the on-site Butterfly World shop.
Children’s Science Explorium
The Children’s Science Explorium offers families with kids aged 5 to 12 the perfect way to spend a few hours. Located in the 132-acre Sugar Sand Park, this hands-on science center provides kids with interactive exhibits where they can learn about physical science. Kids can investigate fascinating science and technology concepts in an array of permanent exhibitions as well as traveling exhibits that the museum brings in for 4 months each during fall and spring. Sensory-Friendly Saturdays are on the first Saturday of the month and offer visitors enhanced sensory experiences at the Explorium. The museum is open every day and admission is free.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens memorializes the Yamato Colony of the 1920s. The area was originally settled by Japanese farmers, who eventually moved to other parts of the country. The remaining Japanese families lost their land during World War II when the government seized it to create a military installation. The museum’s mission is to share Japanese culture with a diverse audience. Visitors can expect rotating exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection. The six Roji-En gardens complement the museum and were inspired by traditional Japanese gardens. Guests will appreciate the tranquil surroundings. The museum hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year.
Palm Beach Hydroflight
Thrill seekers will find just what they’re looking for at Palm Beach Hydroflight in Boca Raton. Even those who’ve never tried this exhilarating activity will be up and flying in no time with a water jetpack and the help of the extraordinary Bandar Bola instructors. Hydroflight uses two styles of boards, Flyboard and Flydive, both top-of-the-line boards that make learning easy and fun. Experienced flyers will appreciate how responsive the boards are for diving, turning, and having an all-around good time. Guests can choose the 30-minute Hydro Flight, 1-hour Ironman Flight, or a 1-hour flight for two known as the Hijack Flight. Two hydroflight boat excursions are also available for charter.
M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom
Located on the ground floor of the Cendyn SPACES building, MEAT Eatery and Tap room is an off-shoot of the popular eatery and pub in the Keys. The modern, cozy place, which is lined with bricks and has comfortable seating, is all about meat and plenty of beer to wash it down. They smoke their meats on-site and make sausages in-house. Their burgers and pulled pork sandwiches are award-winning and have been voted the best in the country many times. They have a large range of fun, delicious pub grub, but if you feel like something lighter and healthier, go for their wonderful soups made daily and great seasonal salads. The craft beers on tap change daily, so check the list on the board above the bar. You can also watch the ongoing game on the big screen TV while you are at it.
Boca Raton Helicopters
Boca Raton Helicopters believes new experiences can bring people joy and contentment, and they are committed to helping visitors do just that. They offer seven helicopter experiences that are bound to please just about everyone – the Adventure Tour, Premium Tour, Luxury Tour (sunset), VIP Tour, Ultimate Tour, and Romantic Night for 2 Tour, which combines the Luxury Tour with a tour of South Florida’s beaches, a bottle of champagne, dinner, and a movie. The Sky’s the Limit Tour takes guests to Palm Beach, the Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida beaches. One child under 12 is free with two paying adults.