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5 Fun Things to Do in Boca Raton for Families

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Situated at the southern end of Palm Beach County, Boca Raton is very kid-friendly but often much quieter and less crowded than Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. And there’s no shortage of activities for families with young children to engage in.

Are you looking for fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together? We put together this list of 5 fun things to do in Boca Raton for families, including options to suit all ages. So whether you live here or are visiting for a family day-trip, you and the kids will have lots to see and do.

Go Boating On Red Reef Park

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Get out on the water with a Boca Raton boat rental as a great way to make memories with your kids this summer. Take them sailing or fishing, and they’re sure to have a whale of a time.

Boats are available with a skipper, so you don’t have to worry about anything except having fun. But bareboat charters are available too.

Take a boat out to Red Reef Park, a 67-acre park spanning the coastline of Boca Raton. It won the Traveler’s Choice Award in 2021 and has an amazing beach to enjoy with the kids.

There’s an artificial reef at the southern end of the park, which is great for snorkeling with the kids in a safe environment. Or just enjoy being out on the water.

Rocky Mountain Conservatory

Do your kids love to be the center of attention? That’s great news because that’s what our next activity is all about. If you want to do something fun with the children but the weather is not ideal for outdoor activities, this would be your go-to.

Encourage their creativity at the Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theater. Let your young ones take to the stage for some acting classes. And get some tickets for their next kids’ show at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.

Children with self-esteem and confidence issues will benefit even more than extroverted ones. Why? Studies have shown that drama lessons can improve children’s self-esteem. So if one child is a bit shy and the other loves the spotlight, they will both benefit from this activity.  

There will be two Summer Camp sessions for 2022.  They run from Monday to Friday with shows on Saturdays. Session 1 for 2022 runs from May 30th  to June 18th  and Session 2 for 2022 from June 20th to July 9th. 

The hours of the camp sessions are 9 am to 3:30 pm, and parents may drop off their kids 10 minutes before camp starts.

Go Cycling On The El Rio Trail

Cycling is a fun activity for the family to enjoy together, and Boca Raton offers cycling routes that are safe and quiet, with beautiful scenery.  It encourages your kids to exercise, which is also important for their health and well-being. 

There are several suitable biking trails in and around Boca Raton but the El Rio Trail is particularly popular with local cyclists.

If you aren’t familiar with the area, take a look online at the bikemap site. It features 73 cycle routes around the US, along with maps and useful info. Most of their routes are flat, which will be easier for younger kids. They also include detailed routes for the Boca Raton area.

Sugar Sand Park

Encourage a combination of learning and playtime for a winning combo. Sugar Sand Park is set on 132 acres of land and features a wide selection of activities for kids.

The park is open Monday to Sunday and has activities for the entire family to enjoy. Younger children can ride the carousel, navigate nature trails, and explore the Science Playground and Explorium.

Your older kids won’t feel left out either. The Sugar Sand Park Field House is a 14,000 square foot gymnasium housing 3 basketball courts and two volleyball courts. The Field House offers sports classes and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Daggerwing Nature Center

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Kids love animals. So head on over to the Daggerwing Nature Center located in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. The center teaches kids to appreciate and respect the natural environment, through environmental education and outdoor recreation​.

Features include a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall where the whole family will be thrilled by the selection of live animals, interactive exhibits, butterfly garden, and art gallery. Outdoors, an elevated boardwalk will take you on a gentle stroll through the swamp. It includes two trails, seating, and an observation tower.

From here you will have a great view of the abundance of plant and animal life including woodpeckers, turtles, and alligators. The nature center is open on Wednesdays through Saturdays, and the boardwalk is accessible daily from sunrise to sunset.