Boca Raton

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Boca Raton is a city of approximately 91,000 people [1] on the east coast of Florida between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The name is Spanish for "Mouse Mouth" (although the Chamber of Commerce [2] tries to give less plausible alternative explanations of the meaning), which presumably comes from the shape of an inlet when the town was founded.

Understand[edit]

Boca, as it's known by locals, started growing in earnest in the 1920s, with the help of fanciful nouveau-riche architect Addison Mizner, who also helped design Palm Beach, 30 some miles north. Much of downtown was (and is being) built in "Addison Mizner-style" architecture, using distinctive bright orange and more subdued pinks in its Old Spanish theme with a touch of Venice.

Boca is an affluent, well-landscaped city. Its long history of catering to the well-to-do has given it a snobbish reputation, but looking deeper one can find many terrific features that can be enjoyed on any budget. The city is very safe and enjoys a high standard of living along with many amenities. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the limited nightlife and great beaches any time of year as the city consistently enjoys comfortable weather.

The city is colloquially separated into east and west areas; depending on who you ask, East Boca is divided from West Boca either by I-95 (more common) or the Florida Turnpike. East Boca has college students, University Commons (a major shopping plaza), Airport Road, downtown (the area surrounding Mizner Park), the beach and mansions along A1A, thus it is considered the more "touristy" area. West Boca, on the other hand, has more family housing, golf courses, Town Center Mall and "big box" retail stores like Best Buy and Target.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 76 77 80 83 87 90 92 92 91 87 82 78
Nightly lows (°F) 58 58 62 66 71 74 75 75 74 71 66 61
Precipitation (in) 2.78 2.76 3 3.4 5.73 7.31 5.94 6.91 7.01 5.73 4.24 2.46
Snowfall (in) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Check Boca Raton's 7 day forecast at NOAA

For the most part, Boca Raton weather means warm sunny days broken up by occasional afternoon thunderstorms and slightly cooler nights.

The city enjoys a tropical climate with a relatively small temperature range, usually between 50-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures rarely drop below 50 degrees unless there's a national cold front sweeping through and even then it may only last for a day or so. Hence, you can wear your sandals pretty much any day of the year and many Boca citizens do so even to run errands, something that may seem strange to non-Floridians. As you might expect, the city does not experience any snow unless there's a freak weather situation - the last incidence was on January 19th, 1977 - and even then the snow melted the minute it hit the ground.

Like most of South Florida and especially because it's so close to the ocean, Boca has experienced hurricanes in the past. On the upside, hurricanes tend to take several days before making landfall so there's advanced warning. Moreover, Boca has been fortunate to not have endured any major hurricanes in several years, as the hurricanes tend to weaken before making landfall here or shift upwards towards other cities on the east coast of the United States. The last true hurricane to make landfall in Boca Raton was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. As such you should not be deterred from visiting Boca over fears of a hurricane, but if you're really that concerned you can avoid Boca during hurricane season (June 1st to November 30th).

There have been scattered reports of random tornadoes striking Boca Raton but they're often so minor that most citizens don't even know they occurred.

The most serious concern in Boca Raton is actually the heat and humidity, which can be very rough during the summer months. It is recommended that you take the usual precautions of drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen (SPF of 30-50) during the hours of 10am-4pm if you are outside, applied 15-30 minutes before going outside and re-applied every 2 hours.

That said, mosquito repellent is typically not necessary as the mosquito population is typically under control here, but pay attention to local advisories about mosquito population changes and plan accordingly.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Boca Raton is served by three main airports.

  • Fort Lauderdale International Airport [3] (airport code: FLL), large airport 20 miles south of Boca in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Palm Beach International Airport [4], PBI, large airport 20 miles north of Boca.
  • Miami International Airport [5], MIA, Miami. (About 45 miles / 55 minutes non-rush hour.)

In each case you can take taxis or shuttles from the airport to Boca Raton. Although the local train system, the Tri-Rail, does not run directly to/from the airport, you can access the Tri-Rail trains via shuttle/peoplemover:

  • From Fort Lauderdale: Take Tri-Rail Shuttle Route FLA 1 from FLL to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach and then take the Tri-Rail train north to the Yamato Road station in Boca Raton.
  • From Palm Beach International: Take Tri-Rail Shuttle Route WPB-1 to the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail Station and then take the train south to the Yamato Road station in Boca Raton.
  • From Miami: Use the MIA Mover to Miami Airport Station at the Miami Intermodal center and take the Tri-Rail north to the Yamato Road station in Boca Raton.

See the Rail section for more details.

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 95 - four exits to Boca Raton are Palmetto Park Road, Glades Road, Yamato Road and Congress Avenue.
  • Florida's Turnpike [6] - toll road with lighter traffic and an exit at Glades Road.

By rail[edit]

Currently there is only one train station in Boca Raton at 680 Yamato Rd with a plan for another station at Glades Road/Military Trail to open in 2018. You can reach the Yamato Station via:

  • Amtrak, 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 1-877-632-3788, [7]].
  • TriRail [8] - a regional commuter rail line connecting Boca Raton to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

Be aware that the train system only runs north-south and as such can get you to Boca Raton but cannot get you around within the city. Once you arrive at the Yamato Road station you will likely need to arrange further transportation.

By bus[edit]

  • Palm Tran [9], Palm Beach County's main public transit system, includes Boca Raton. In particular, the city is connected to others in the county by three major north-south routes: Route 1, on US Highway 1; 2, on Congress Avenue; and 3, on Military Trail. Buses typically run every 20-45 minutes.

By water from the Atlantic Ocean[edit]

  • via Port Everglades [10] in Fort Lauderdale. This is a port of entry for cruise ships and other commercial vessels.
  • via Boca Raton Inlet. Vessels can enter Boca Raton through its inlet that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW). Local knowledge is required, as shoaling outside the inlet can limit access at low tide and swift moving currents cause pretty decent swells where the outflow meets the ocean.
  • via Hillsboro Inlet, south of Boca Raton, between the communities of Hillsboro Beach and Pompano Beach. This inlet was much improved recently by widening the channel outside the jetties. The widening was extensive, and allows safer approaches into the inlet from more bearings. The inlet is well marked, and has a dredge on site actively keeping the channel clear by dredging the sand that drifts into all East Coast inlets from the North. Local knowledge is suggested, as there are reefs to the south and jetties and lots of boat traffic.
  • via the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW), which stretches along the East Coast from Maine to Texas. The ICW flows through Boca Raton, and has no fixed bridges across it, just 3 draw bridges that open on schedule and/or on demand. The bridges across the ICW from North to South are at Spanish River Boulevard, Palmetto Park Road, and Camino Real Drive.

Get around[edit]

Your best bet for getting around is by car. Boca Raton is not particularly friendly to bicycle traffic, the public transportation serves a limited portion of the city, and overall it's not a very walkable city outside of the downtown area.

By car[edit]

Boca Raton is a car-friendly city served by Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike (a toll road), and several major thoroughfares including (from east to west), US Highway 1 (known locally as Federal Highway), Congress Avenue, Military Trail, Jog Road (known as Powerline Road in the southern portion of the city), and US 441/State Road 7. State Road A1A provides a scenic drive along the beach.

  • Traffic Tips
    • Be aware that traffic congestion at rush hour is worst on Glades Road near Florida Atlantic University and Town Center Mall.
    • Unless there is a city event going on in the area it is very quick and easy to drive around downtown.
    • During the Holiday Boat Parade the City will restrict access to the bridges over the Intracostal for 45 minute time periods to allow the boats to pass, usually between 6:50pm and 8:15pm.

Car rentals[edit]

  • Budget [11] - 251 SW 1st Avenue
  • Hertz [12] - 181 NW 13th St, 5150 Town Center Cir, and 3700 Airport Rd; (561) 392-9082
  • National [13] - 1300 NW 1st Ave, (888) 826-6890
  • Enterprise [14] - 19575 State Road 7 Ste 1, (561) 852-0031 and 108 NW 3rd St, (561) 750-9700

By bus[edit]

Palm Tran [15] buses serve Boca Raton. There is a major transfer location at the Town Center Mall, located on Glades Road near Military Trail. Buses cost $1.50 per trip (75 cents for students, seniors, the disabled and veterans) and run every 20-45 minutes, depending on the route.

By bike or foot[edit]

As mentioned above, Boca Raton is not particularly walkable, but it is perfectly safe to walk or bike short distances. The El Rio trail, east of I-95, is a shared-use trail that is somewhat scenic but not particularly convenient from a traveling standpoint. There are very few bike racks in the city and most are small. The city does not have a bike rental program.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Concert and Live Show Venues:
    • Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. 777 Glades Road. Box Office (561)297-6124. "The Barry Kaye" is a 2,400-seat indoor venue located in the Florida Atlantic University Student Union that hosts comedians, concerts and public speakers. With the exception of FAU Homecoming events, the programming tends to be skewed towards an older audience. [16]
    • Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, (561) 750-1668, [17] Also known as Counte de Hoernle Amphitheater, this 4,000-patron amphitheater in East Boca is run by local philanthropists and presents a minimum of 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres including country, jazz and classic rock. The amphitheater has also started showcasing occasional movies as well. Located in Mizner Park near the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 12PM – 5PM,Day of show: 12PM – 9PM.
    • Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33498; the Amphitheater is located in South County Regional Park. (561) 488-8069. This West Boca outdoor venue hosts concerts as well as community movies. Previous acts have included Tegan & Sara and Rise Against. [18]
  • Movie theaters:
    • Cinemark Palace 20 - 3200 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Great movie theater right off I-95 that closes very late. This is easily the most popular theater in Boca Raton. Shows all new movies including 3D, but no IMAX. The second floor is the Premier level including full bar and a restaurant.
    • iPic Theaters - 433 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. (561) 393-3269. Upscale movie theater in Mizner Park, downtown Boca Raton. While the tickets are the most expensive in Boca, you're paying for a premium experience. The theater has a fancy club atmosphere with pre-selected seats, premium plush chairs and pillows, food service into the theater, and a Salt Lounge bar for drinks.
    • Living Room Theaters - an all-digital independent/art house movie theater on the campus of Florida Atlantic University, the only one of its kind on a college campus. Not only do they show movies neglected in the mainstream theaters but they also have bar and food service delivered to you during the movie. Best day to go is Monday or Tuesday. (http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com/)
    • Regal Shadowood 16 - 9889 Glades Road. (561) 482-2296. Probably the cheapest ticket to the movies and serves primarily West Boca Raton.
  • Museums
    • Boca Raton Museum of Art, in the Mizner Park complex, most of which is an upscale mall. Some good items in the permanent collection, and often hosts some fine traveling exhibits. [19] Children and students free, adults $12, seniors $10. Free to all on the first Sunday of the month.
    • Boca Raton Children's Museum. 498 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.(561) 368-6875. The state's first kids' museum offers educational exhibits, activities, events & programs. Small facility (it's a little house with a pirate ship jungle gym out back) to entertain the children for awhile. Free.
    • Children's Science Explorium. Part of Sugar Sand Park in West Boca Raton. A hands-on science center for children 5–12 years of age with interactive and traveling displays. Free.
  • Musical Theater and Stage productions:
    • Caldwell Theatre Company. 7901 North Federal Highway. 561-241-7432. Located on the west side of Federal Highway of north Boca Raton, the Caldwell Theatre Company opened its doors in December 1975 at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell, inventor of the rubber dustpan and founder of the Rubbermaid Corporation. Over the course of 34 years and four different locations, including its now permanent location in the Count de Hoernle Theatre, the Caldwell has been called South Florida’s “Cinderella Theatre” and Boca Raton’s “Jewel in the Crown.” [20]
  • Nature Centers
    • The nature centers are small - you can see everything in about an hour - but free.
    • East Boca: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 338-1473. A small but fun nature center by the beach. Exhibits highlight South Florida's natural wildlife, including a boardwalk trail through mangroves, butterfly garden, several large saltwater tanks, a turtle rehab center and the Florida Atlantic University Research Labs and Galleries.
    • West Boca. Daggerwing Nature Center. 11435 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 629-8760. Located in Coconut Cove Park, this free nature center is relatively small but recently renovated with state-of-the-art displays and an elevated boardwalk out into the swamp which is especially great for birdwatchers. Closed Sunday-Tues, Open 1-4:30 Weds-Fri and 10-4:30 on Saturday.

Learn[edit]

Described as a "burgeoning college town"[21], Boca Raton campuses serve around 48,000 college students during the week, mostly concentrated in East Boca.

  • Florida Atlantic University - Located along Glades Road (exit from I-95). Serving over 30,000 students, FAU is the largest university in Boca Raton and home to several championship Division I athletics programs. Notable features include on-campus football and basketball stadiums, a medical school, an art house movie theater and two university art galleries. (http://www.fau.edu/)
  • Lynn University - Located on Military Rd (exit Yamato from I-95). Private college serving nearly 3,000 students known for its diverse population, aeronautics program, music conservatory and championship Division II athletes. (http://www.lynn.edu/)
  • Palm Beach State College (previously known as Palm Beach Community College) - Located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University and serving approximately 15,000 students[22] at its Boca campus, Palm Beach State College offers a variety of classes including continuing education courses. (http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/)
  • Digital Media Arts College, more commonly known as DMAC, is a private arts college that focuses on programs in Animation, Game Art Design, Graphic Design, Advertising Design and Visual effects animation. (http://www.dmac.edu)

Do[edit][add listing]

Whether you're looking to stay inside to beat the heat or get out there to enjoy the beach and sunny weather, Boca has you covered.

  • Indoor Fun
    • Art activities
      • Imagine That Creations. 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd # 3. (561) 206-6181. [23]. Choose from various pre-made pottery and hang out to paint it. Relaxing, fun activity. Open 11am-10pm.
      • Uptown Art. 6018 SW 18th St in the Shoppes at Village Point. 561-218-4557. [24] Hang out, drink some wine, paint with your friends or family along with the instructor.
    • Boomers!. 3100 Airport Rd. (561) 347-1888. A family entertainment center where you can enjoy mini golf ($11), laser tag ($9), rock wall ($9), go karts ($10), bumper boats ($9) and a full arcade. No admission fee, play-as-you-go. Open 10am-9pm.
    • Escape Rooms
      • Master Escape Room. 1700 N Dixie Hwy #126, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 571-5381. [25] Three rooms: Egyptian Tomb, Crime Scene, Bank Robbery.
      • Adventure Vault. Suite A4, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 922-3881. [26] Two rooms: Death and Breakfast, Prison Redemption.
      • Try-n-Escape. Suite A2, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 409-4930. [27] One room now (Hang 'Em High), plans for three eventually.
      • QroomEscape. 4770 A NW 2nd Ave Boca Raton FL, 33431. (561) 571-2423. [28] Two rooms: Fifty Shades Darker, The Mind Eraser.
    • Spa Palazzo - This spa is known for its array of therapeutic massages and steams in a huge center with palatial arches, mosaics and other luxurious elements. Open 6 days a week in the Boca Raton Resort and Hotel.
    • Strikes @ Boca Bowling Alley - This bowling alley located at 21046 Commercial Trl, Boca Raton, FL 33486-1007 is the only bowling alley in Boca Raton. It's also a hotspot for college students in the area. It's located near the Town Center Mall so people tend to look around the mall and then head to the bowling alley.
  • Outdoor Fun
    • Boca Raton Resort & Club Amenities - Guests and members of this club can use their private golf courses and beaches as well as eat at the beautiful restaurants.
    • Boca Flyboard - 1100 Ocean Blvd. 561-405-8866. [29]For those who can afford it, strap on a flyboard, which feels like a jetpack for your feet, and soar 10-15 feet above the water (with a little practice) in this new water sport trend. Sessions are 30 mins ($150), 45 mins ($175) or 1 hr ($250).
    • Coconut Cove Waterpark - 11200 Park Access Road, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 274 - 1140. Open seasonally, this small community waterpark in west Boca Raton is home to a lazy river, slides and a water playground structure. A fun way to cool off for kids and families but not recommended for thrill-seekers. [30]
    • Force E-Dive. 2621 North Federal Hwy, Highway U. S. 1.(561) 368-0555. [31] Snorkeling charters, scuba certification, gear rental in East Boca.
    • Intracoastal - tour by boat, during the holidays or for special events, boat tours are available and captains will gladly drive you and your guests down the intercoastal. Tours are also available for sight seeing and a guided one to view celebrity houses from the water.
    • Mizner Park, 433 Plaza Real,(561) 362-0606. [32] Mizner Park has unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, inspiring art and, when the Amphitheater hosts concerts, energizing music. It's an interesting place to walk around for a couple hours. This upscale shopping plaza is basically the crux of the otherwise dull Boca Raton downtown area.
    • An Outdoors Life. 561-674-7561. Group (minimum 4) kayak tours of South Florida with an experienced naturalist guide, based out of Boca Raton. Includes sunrise and moonlight paddles. Also does rentals. [33]
  • Beaches
    • Spanish River Beach - Easily the most popular beach, especially for younger crowds. Residents and tourists typically take Spanish River Blvd east towards A1A road and parallel park along NE Spanish River Blvd or at nearby Spanish River Park. Parking, as with all beaches in the area, is paid for at master meters.
    • Red Reef Park, [34]- A 67 Acre Oceanfront park including the 20 Acre Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center [35]. A fun and interesting feature of the beach is a rock outcropping and a series of small man-made reefs about 10 feet off shore, where even beginning snorkelers can enjoy swimming with small colorful tropical fish. The picnic area of the Park is equipped with grills, tables and restrooms, but the real attraction here is the snorkeling.
    • South Beach. 400 N. State Road A1A. Swimming and surf-fishing (during special hours). One of the advantages here is that the main entrance/pavillion area is the terminus for East Palmetto Park Road, meaning there are a line of shops leading up to this beach. You can have park, dine, shop and then head to the beach.
  • Live Sports
    • FAU Sports
      • The Burrow - 777 Glades Road. [36] Florida Atlantic University's on-campus basketball arena on the west side of campus where it hosts Division I basketball games from November through March. Amenities include Club boxes, large video scoreboard, team store and concessions.
      • FAU Stadium - 777 Glades Road. A beautiful, beach-themed stadium hosting Division I college football games from August to December. Amenities include an open air bar, club seats and a view of the Atlantic Ocean from the upper levels. Concessions include Subway, Chich-fil-A, local BBQ favorite Mississippi Sweets, Dippin' Dots and assorted cart/stand vendors. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue and red and mingle with the FAU community; students tailgate behind the stadium at the "Rat's Mouth" (after the common misinterpretation of "Boca Raton", and now the name stuck) but tailgating can be found all over campus on gamedays.
    • Florida Launch - Palm Beach County's only men's professional lacrosse team plays their home games at FAU Stadium [37]
    • The Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex hosts some of the world's top polo players play during the months of (Jan-Apr), as Boca Raton is known as the winter capital.18000 Jog Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33496.
  • Public Golf Courses
    • Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course. 8111 Golf Course Road. (561) 367-7000. 18-hole Championship ($28-38) and 9-hole Executive ($11.50 walk, $19.50 ride) courses available in West Boca.
    • Osprey Point Golf Course. 12551 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 482-2868. Award-winning public golf course with 27 holes spread over three 9-hole courses. Open 7 days a week including holidays.
    • Red Reef Park Executive Golf Course. 1221 N Ocean Blvd. (561) 391-5014. Located in Red Reef Park between the ocean and the Intracostal - that is to say, an oceanfront golf course in East Boca. ($11.50 walk, $19.50 ride)
  • Notable Public Parks:
    • James A. Rutherford Park. 600 NE 24th St, Boca Raton, FL 33431. This small East Boca park is hidden away behind a shopping plaza and some homes but enter by the CVS on NE 24th St and you'll find a free boardwalk with view of mangroves, Lake Wyman and maybe even some small crabs!
    • Patch Reef Park - 2000 Yamato Road Boca Raton, FL 33431- This park has great trails for bike riding and exercising. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts, in addition to open fields. There are classes taught at the recreational center, such as yoga and hip-hop. Also, the Boca Raton chapter of the World Adult Kickball Association holds games here on weekends. (http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/parks/patchreef.shtm)
    • South County Regional Park - open from dawn-dusk with tennis courts, soccer fields, water park, and trails great for running. Arrangements can be made for picnic and private events. This park is very popular during the summer time as there are also camps available for children.
    • Sugar Sands Park, [38] is a great place to take the kids. It has an enormous fort/jungle gym, carousel, ball parks, etc.
    • Tim Huxhold Skate Park, 400 Crawford Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33432. An all-cement skate park, mostly used by teens, and shuffleboard courts. [39]
  • City Events/Traditions
    • Boca Bash. [40] Semi-annual Spring Break-style event with thousands of people on Lake Boca. Locals bring all their boats/padleboards/jet skis together to hang out, play music and have a good time. Free. Check the Facebook page for dates as it's typically held in the Spring around April.
    • Boca Raton Bowl. [41] FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road. Post-season college football bowl game played at FAU Stadium in December. Teams are chosen from a rotating schedule from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Conference USA (CUSA), and American Athletic Conference (AAC).
    • Buffalo Bash. [42] Usually held in April, this annual chicken wing competition and food festival in downtown Boca (Mizner Park) is put on by FAU Greek organizations to raise money for Autism Speaks. Chicken wings, family carnival games, singing and dancing.
    • Concours d'Elegance. [43] Prestigious car, motorcycle and private jet show with hangar party, gala and fundraiser at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in February. The event, first started in 2005, attracts thousands including celebrities like Jay Leno. Tickets are approximately $100 and people get dressed up for the event.
    • Food & Wine Festival. [44] Celebrated in November at Florida Atlantic University. Dancing Under the stars, Vineyard Party, Grand Tasting and Craft Brew Bottles. Tickets range from $59-267.
    • Meet Me On The Promenade. Community street festival with food, art and more centered around Sanborn Square in downtown Boca Raton. Typically in October. Free.
    • Owl Prowl. [45] FAU's Homecoming celebration is open to the public as a week of events typically including a parade, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Timucua Pageant beauty/fashion show, comedy show, concert, and of course the Homecoming football game at FAU Stadium. Owl Prowl is usually in the Fall, typically late October (For 2016, will be week of Oct 22nd-30th).
  • Seasonal Attractions
    • Enigma Haunt. 21069 S Military Trail. 855-994-2868. Permanent East Boca haunted house attraction with two haunts. $20 each or $30 for both. Typically runs from beginning of October to beginning of November.
    • Holiday Boat Parade. Since Floridians don't have snow they decorate their palm trees and boats for the holidays, then drive them down the Intracostal for families to see. This event, usually held in late December, has been going strong for almost 40 years now. Boats may be seen at multiple points along the Intracostal and fireworks are viewed at Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park. Free.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Boca Town Center Mall, [46] is the well-known high-end retail mall on Glades Road, just west of I-95 and east of Turnpike. The mall includes high end stores such as: Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Tiffany&Co as well as many great restaurants.
  • Mizner Park, [47] is a chic mixed-used new urbanism district in a revitalized part of downtown Boca with shops, art galleries and more. Notable stores include Lord&Taylor, Sur La Table and Tommy Bahama.
  • Royal Palm Place, [48] is a charming mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Boca. Featuring international restaurants, salons & spas, acclaimed shopping, specialties & services, Class A Office Space and 185 luxury rental residences.
  • Regency Court - Open 7 days a week. Offers an array of restaurant and shops for tourists or locals. [49]
  • University Commons Plaza - 1400 Glades Road Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. This popular upscale strip plaza is home to many different stores including Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, a two-story Barnes and Noble Boookstore, Nordstrom Rack and Swoozies. Restaurants in the plaza including: PF Changs, J.Alexanders, Mario's, Shake Shack, Jamba Juice and 16 Handles frozen yogurt.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Boca may have a deserved "ritzy" reputation but good food can be found for a variety of budgets. There are plenty of restaurants in Boca Raton so it's just a matter of finding a place and style you like the most. To help emphasize the area and cut down on the clutter, national chains are not listed although local chains will be included here.

Grocery Stores[edit]

  • Joseph's Classic Market, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486, (561) 347-2314, [50]. Gourmet Italian market with a Brooklyn influence.
  • Publix, various locations [51] Florida's most popular supermarket chain, known for Buy One Get One deals and line of their own products (chicken tenders, brownies, etc).

Budget[edit]

  • Cannoli Kitchen, (561) 338-2929, [52]. Pizzas (whole or by the slice - they often have up to 2 dozen different varieties of pizza available by the slice at any one time, which is why this is in the Budget section), pastas, and other Italian dishes in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take out or delivery, but they have a small counter if you want to eat there.
  • Casa Do Pao. 22829 N State Rd 7. (561) 852-8390. Brazillian food in West Boca. Coxinha, sandwiches, coffee, cakes, pastries, etc.
  • Community Table. 1901 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 672-7854. FAU hotspot near campus known for its $1 pizza slices but also serves paninis, subs, salads, pasta, hot dogs and tacos.
  • LaSpada's Hoagies. 2240 NW 19th St. (561) 393-1434. Locally-famous chain with huge hoagie sandwiches packed with meat.
  • Lindburgers – West Boca, 9834 Glades Road, Phone: (561) 218-5557, [53]. Delivery: (561) 488-9665. Serves over 50 versions of their old-fashioned 7-ounce sirloin burgers. If you've ever tasted a hamburger fried in a cast-iron pan, you have a good idea of what goes on at Lindburgers.
  • Mississippi Sweets, 2399 N. Federal Hwy., just north of 20th Street on US 1. Reasonably-priced BBQ joint with genuine Southern-style cooking. BBQ is St. Louis-style.
  • Padrino's Cuban Cuisine. 20455 State Rd 7. (561) 451-1070. Cuban food with lunch buffet in West Boca.
  • Rancheritos de Boca. 8903 Glades Rd, Ste A-10. Colombian food. Empanadas, Patacon con hogao, Arepa de Chocolo con Queso and more.
  • Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro. 6298 N Federal Hwy. (561) 994-2828. Jerk chicken, curry shrimp, vegan patties, plantains, rice.
  • Salad Creations, 5250 Town Center Circle Ste. 129, you choose all the ingredients you want in your salad or wrap.
  • Sieng House, 1001 S. W. 2nd Avenue, Suite 500 (Just off Camino Real west of Dixie Highway, next to the Walgreens). Good Chinese with extensive menu.
  • Tin Muffin, (561) 392-9446, 364 E Palmetto Park Rd. Sandwiches, quiches, soups, muffins and desserts served at this small breakfast and lunch restaurant. Outdoor tables as well as a few indoor tables.
  • Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 1229 West Palmetto Park Road. (561) 392-8985. [54]. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain. Take-out, Delivery, and dine in available. Huge slices also!
  • Too Jay's 2200 West Glades Road. [55] Old style New York type deli, good quality, generous servings. Original location in Palm Beach; now a small chain around south and central Florida. Tel (561) 392-4181

Snacks/Desserts:

  • Crepe Cafe. 504 Via De Palmas. (561) 757-3504. French restaurant. Breakfast, entree and dessert crepes, as well as coffee and salad.
  • Sonny's Gelato Cafe, 2151 North Federal Highway, [56]. Sonny's offers gelato at a great price and fun and relaxed atmosphere. Also Italian cookies, cappuccino, etc.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Asian Grill, 10018 Spanish Isles Blvd. Bay A-2 Boca Raton, FL 33498, (561) 883-3903, [57]. Japanese and Chinese Take Out/Free Delivery in West Boca Raton area. Family owned and operated in two different locations for over 10 years.  edit
  • Augy's Pizza Board Restaurant, 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd, 368-1330. Dozens of daily specials. East Boca restaurant serving stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, and snapper Provencal made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce.
  • Bangkok in Boca, 500 Via De Palmas Ste 79, Phone: (561) 394-6912. Casual restaurant with live entertainment and outdoor seating, serving a menu full of rich authentic Thai curries with nearly fat free dishes and fresh ingredients. Offers a wide selection of entrees with fresh seafood. Located south of Mizner Park off US1, in the Royal Palm Plaza.
  • Bullfish Raw Bar & Grill, 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; Suite 64, 392-5040,[58] Casual, fun restaurant with a full bar & lounge and outdoor patio. Full menu for take out and delivery. Located in the Garden Shoppes of Boca Raton, there is a Large Secure Free Parking Lot across from Publix, available to all customers. Southwest corner of Palmetto & Powerline Rd in West Boca.
  • Hotdogopolis. 8177 Glades Rd. Real Chicago-style hotdogs, sausages, burgers, italian beef, chili. Also does New York style dogs.
  • Jasmine - Taste of Orient, 7860 Glades Rd Ste 105, 483-8888. Chinese restaurant with classic Pekingese specialties elegantly prepared and flavorful such as Peking Duck, lamb in garlic sauce, and honey-roasted ribs.
  • La Rosa Nautica Restaurant [59] 515 N. E. 20th St (just off Federal Highway). Authentic Peruvian cuisine. Seafood along with tasty beef and chicken dishes. 7 days 11a - 10p. Tel (561) 296-1413.
  • Lilly's New Cuisine, 451 East Palmetto Park Rd, (561) 362-0208, Homemade pasta specialities including seafood and sausages.
  • Mario's of Boca 2200 Glades Rd. (561)392-5595, [60]. Popular Italian Bistro with an extensive menu of Southern and Northern Italian Cuisine for both lunch and dinner with a daily Lunch buffet. Located next to the Holiday Inn by I-95, Glades Rd and Military Trail and offering take-out and delivery service.
  • Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar. 41 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 361-8688. Plates come by on a conveyor belt and you take them off and eat what you take.
  • Pizza Fusion, 196 N Federal Highway,(561) 213-6512, Delivery:(877) 632-5487. [61]. The Pizza Fusion all-natural, gluten-free, organic pie is a slender 28” long and 9” wide and it’s crust is thin and crispy, using 100% all-natural “00” flour imported from Naples, Italy. Topped with locally grown, organic ingredients (when available), baking all ingredients in soap-stone Roto-flex oven and delivering in Pizza Fusion’s earth-friendly Hybrid delivery vessels.
  • Patio Tapas & Beer. 205 SE 1st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 419-7239. [62] Spanish-style tapas/small plates restaurant downtown. Chicken croquets, pork belly, yogurt dip with sweet potato chips, etc.
  • Punjab Indian Restaurant 1801 N Federal Hwy. (561) 392-8000. Their lunch menu is extremely affordable and their dinner menu is on par. The lamb tandori can be served mild or spicy. Vegetarian Indian vegan options as well. Located next to the Boca Inn in East Boca just north of Glades Rd.
  • The Rebel House. 297 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 353-5888. American comfort food in a quirky atmosphere in downtown Boca.
  • Steve's Wood Fired Pizza, 9180 Glades Rd, (561) 483-5665. West Boca Raton's Authentic Italian Neighborhood Pizzeria. "Steve's Pizza" has more than 50 types of freshly-prepared wood fired brick oven pizza, as well as salads, pasta entrees, salad wraps and desserts. One pizza is enough for one hungry adult.
  • Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine 2200 Glades Rd, (561) 347-0008. Sushi Masa specializes in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Thai menu includes Duck curry, seafood garlic, seafood curry, and fried fish with sauce choice, cooked rolls, Pad Thai, a delicious mix of stir fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, ground roasted peanuts, and your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, veggies, or a combination of your choice.
  • Sushi Thai Asian Bistro 100 NE Second St., (561) 750-4448. The list of sushi covers just about anything you could want, including a large variety of cooked rolls, tamaki and complete sushi/sashimi dinners. Appetizers include deep-fried lemongrass rolls, duck noodle soup, green papaya, tomato and shrimp salad. Favorites include Pad Thai and Pad Woonsen, and a dish called deep blue sea, with scallops, shrimp, mussels, fish and veggies. Just south of Mizner Park in East Boca Raton.
  • The Sybarite Pig. 20642 State Rd 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 883-3200 . Gastropub in West Boca with burgers and craft beers.
  • Taverna Kyma. 6298 N Federal Hwy. (561) 994-2828. Greek fare in a casual atmosphere.
  • Tucker Duke's Lunchbox. 1658 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 717-8153. Southern style restaurant serving craft burgers, craft beers, sandwiches, house chips, macaroni and cheese, tots and more.

Splurge[edit]

  • Abe & Louies - 2200 West Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431. This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, steaks, and fine dining atmosphere.
  • Chops Lobster Bar - 101 Plaza Real S # H, Boca Raton, FL 33432-4855 (561) 395-2675- This restaurant has exceptional food and service, and it consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. Exquisite seafood flown in fresh daily and the USDA prime aged beef is served in the warm ambiance of the dark wood dining room.
  • Max's Grille in Mizner Park - 404 Plaza Real Mizner Park, Boca Raton 33432 (561)368-0080- offers everything from steak to salmon and other great foods. This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor eating, which is nice for nights that bands perform outside.
  • Uncle Tai's, 5250 Town Center Circle, (561) 368-8806, Delivery:(877) 632-5487 [63]. Uncle Tai's has Authentic Hunan style Chinese food, not Thai. [64] Monthly cooking classes (with advanced reservations) are taught by the restaurants head chef James Tai.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Boca Raton doesn't have a very lively downtown area but interspersed throughout the city are some great bars, from local faves to upscale chains. Most of the bars are in East Boca Raton and although none of the bars are next to each other, the downtown bars are within walking distance of each other. It is recommended you have a designated driver or access to taxi services if you intend to go bar-hopping here. Also, please note that all bars in the city close at 2 AM.

  • Downtown Bars
    • Biergarten. 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-395-7462. A German-American themed bar and restaurant serving beers and steins to complement foods like potato pancakes, bratwurst tacos and different kinds of schnitzel as well as live music. [65]
    • Dubliner Irish Bar. 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Fl 33432. Located in Mizner Park, the Dubliner is one of the most popular bars in downtown Boca Raton. However, it's in a somewhat small space so the place is almost always packed. [66]
    • Wishing Well Irish Pub. 111 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 750-5208. Laidback Irish pub somewhat hidden away from the usual spots on the east side of downtown.
  • Other Bars
    • Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380 Boca Raton, FL 33431. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to its eponymous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.
    • Bullfish Sports Bar, 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd. Suite F, (561) 482-0052 ,Delivery (561) 488-9665, [67]Formally known as Packy's of Boca Raton, still a warm, family friendly bar that welcomes all NY Jets and NY Giants fans as well as other sports enthusiasts. Plenty to watch with 17 TVs, including 7 satellites. Nightly beer specials including All Day, All Night $2 Pints of Heineken. Karaoke night Thursdays. Tuesday Night kids special, free kids meal with purchase of adult entree. Located in the southeast corner of the Loggers Run Plaza in West Boca Raton.
    • Holloway's Pub, 504 Via de Palmas, (561) 361-8445, Anyone thinking that Boca Raton is pretentious hasn't been to Holloway's Pub just south of Palmetto Park Rd. on Federal Highway, in the Royal Palm Place shopping center in East Boca Raton. Fun place, very laid back, friendly atmosphere. Live music from Walt Rooney every Friday night, starting at 9PM. Karaoke every Saturday night at 9PM. Lunch served daily, prime rib special on Fridays.
    • Nakava Kava Bar. 140 Northwest 20th Street Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 395-9888. Authentic kava bar near Florida Atlantic University. [68]
  • College Bars
    • The Black Rose Irish Pub. 234 South Federal HWY, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 392-3808. Downtown Irish bar with a spacious courtyard and outdoor projector. Indoors one can often find live music and a younger crowd. Parking situation is not great but look for spots east of the bar.
    • The Irishmen. 1745 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33432.(561) 368-1129. Bills itself as a "neighborhood Irish sports pub" for all but frequented by college students, especially on Mondays for College Night. Occasionally has live entertainment and beer pong tournaments. [69]
    • O'Brians Irish Pub. 51 SE 1st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 338-7565. Downtown bar often packed with college students on Friday nights.
    • Rock'n Angels. 7200 N Dixie Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487.(561) 372-6314.[70] Off-the-beaten path bar with food, karaoke, live music and large wood patio deck surrounded by trees. College Night on Thursdays.
  • Breweries
    • Barrel of Monks Brewing Co. 1141 South Rogers Circle Road, Suite 5. 561-510-1253. [71] The newest brewery in Boca Raton, Barrel of Monks specializes in Belgian ales.
    • Brewzzi Boca Raton, 2222 Glades Rd, (561) 392-2739, [72]An Italian American Bistro and Microbrewery in central Boca. Winning both gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Fest 2000-2003, Brewzzi is the most honored brewery in Florida. In addition to the 2 for 1 Happy Hour (3PM-6:30PM, M-Th) serving the award winning beers as well as cocktails, there are also 2 for 1 drinks 9:30PM-Close daily. More of a restaurant setting than a bar setting, but nonetheless a good place to eat and drink.
    • The Funky Buddah Lounge and Brewery. 2621 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 368-464. Arguably the most well-known brewery in Boca Raton and a college student hotspot, the Funky Buddah has won local awards for both Best Beer Bar and Best Hookah Bar. Outside of their own beers, Funky Buddha often hosts Open Mic, comedy shows and local bands as well. [73]
  • Clubs
    • Boca Black Box. 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton, FL 33434. (561) 483-9036. [74] Comedians, NY Comedy Night every Thursday, Movie nights, tribute bands. Offers selection of beer and wine.
    • Platforms Nightclub. 99 SE 1st Ave. (561) 392-6885. A "retro" nightclub geared more towards older adults, plays 70s/80s/90s music and disco. Parking can be difficult if it's busy. $5 admission.
    • Sakred Nightclub. 7000 W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33433.(561) 609-2590. Night club in West Boca with guest DJs, outdoor seating, VIP tables & bottle service. Double-check that they're still there before you go because the site has been a revolving door for night clubs over the years.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, 999, East Camino Real, (866) 909-BOCA (2622), [75] Overlooking the Boca Raton Inlet by A1A, Originally known as The Bridge Hotel, Boca's second-oldest, albeit, fully renovated hotel. The pet-friendly Boca Raton Bridge Hotel offers resort-style accommodations close to the beach. Guests are within walking distance of South Inlet Park and two miles from various museums and an outdoor shopping malls including Mizner Park.
  • Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, (561) 392-4600,[76].
  • Boca Resort and Spa, 501 East Camino Real, (888) 491-2622, [77] World–renowned Florida spa resort includes the tallest building in the city (and pink stucco, too), world class dining, as well as providing beachfront and intercoastal access with Professional Golf Course.
  • Courtyard Boca Raton, 2000 NW Executive Center Circle, 561-241-7070, [78]. (26.368685,-80.122313) edit
  • Embassy Suites - Deerfield Beach, 950 Ocean Drive, 954 426-0478, [79].
  • Hilton Suites Boca, 7920 Glades Road, (561)-483-3600]..[80]. The Hilton Suites Boca Raton hotel, an all suite hotel, is among a six acre lakeside complex surrounded by shopping and dining.
  • Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 NW 19th St.,(561) 368-5252, [81]. Located within 1 mile of Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Town Center Mall.
  • Residence Inn Boca Raton, 525 NW 77th Street, 1-561-994-3222, [82]. The Residence Inn Boca Raton Hotel is located inside the Boca Commerce Office Park on the corner of Congress Avenue and I-95  edit
  • TownePlace Suites Boca Raton, 5110 NW 8th Avenue, (561) 994-7232.[83].

Stay safe[edit]

Because Boca Raton is more suburban than urban and there are few poor areas, crime is pretty much nonexistent here. A few thefts may occur here and there but other than that you're completely safe.

There are no neighborhoods to avoid.

As always, use common sense: don't leave your valuables in plain sight, lock your doors, don't start bar fights, and have someone escort you out to your car if you feel unsafe.

Get out[edit]

  • Deerfield Beach is just to the south.
  • Delray Beach, just north of Boca Raton is a sleepy beachfront town with beautiful beaches and a hip inland downtown district with good restaurants.
  • City Place [84] is a nice mixed-use lifestyle development in downtown West Palm Beach. Just east of I-95 and next to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts [85].
  • Miami for sports events, fine dining, people watching and more.
  • Palm Beach is Boca Raton's predecessor, a half hour's drive up the coast. Great for window-shopping and ogling the spectacular, palatial mansions on the waterfront.


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