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'''Boca Raton'''  is a city 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 [http://www.bocaratonchamber.com] tries to give less plausible alternative explanations of the meaning), which presumably comes from the shape of an inlet when the town was founded.
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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's 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 much higher standard of living than many of its neighbors, giving it a well manicured appearance with many amenities. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the limited nightlife and great beaches any time of year as the city consistently enjoys comfortable weather.  
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'''Boca Raton'''  is a city of approximately 91,000 people [http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/POP060210/1207300] on the southeast coast of [[Florida]] between [[West Palm Beach]] and [[Fort Lauderdale]]. The name is Spanish for "Mouse Mouth" (although frequently misinterpreted as "Rat's Mouth") which presumably comes from the shape of an inlet when the town was founded.
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==Understand==
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Boca, as it's known by locals, was first occupied by the Tequesta tribe of Native Americans until they were cleared out by the Spanish and British. Japanese farmers known as the Yamato Colony founded pineapple plantations in West Boca between 1904-1920s before a crop blight and other business issues caused them to return to Japan.
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During the Florida land boom of the 1920s fanciful nouveau-riche architect Addison Mizner and others envisioned Boca Raton as a resort town and attracted investors by constructing the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn in 1926, later renamed the Boca Raton Resort & Club (which still exists today).
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During World War II, the town became home to the Boca Raton Army Air Force Base and the Boca Raton Army Airfield, the latter of which would become Florida Atlantic University in 1964. In the 1950s two amusement parks, Africa USA and Ancient America, opened in Boca Raton, but neither would survive past the early 1960s and were ultimately redeveloped into residential complexes.
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In the late 1960s computer giant IBM built a manufacturing and office complex which would later, amongst other accomplishments, become the birthplace of the IBM personal computer (PC). A few years later, Florida Atlantic University would introduce the nation's first degree in ocean engineering.
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[[File:Wikitravel mizner.jpg|thumb|500px|right|Mizner Park in downtown Boca Raton.]]
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During the '80s and '90s Boca Raton really started focusing on building the downtown area and refining the "Boca brand." As an ode to his early contributions to the city, 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. Mizner Park opened in 1991 and is largely considered the "heart" of downtown Boca.
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Today 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 a safe city with consistently warm weather boasting many terrific features that can be enjoyed on a variety of budgets.
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===Geography===
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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.
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East Boca has college students, University Commons, Airport Road, downtown (the area surrounding Mizner Park), the beach and mansions along A1A, thus it is considered the more "touristy" area.
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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.
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For the most part, Boca Raton weather means warm sunny days broken up by occasional afternoon thunderstorms and slightly cooler nights.
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The city enjoys a semi-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.
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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. 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).
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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.
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===Talk===
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English is the predominant language spoken in Boca Raton. Other languages sometimes spoken in Boca Raton including Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese and Creole, but it would be difficult to navigate around Boca Raton without some knowledge of English.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By air===
 
===By air===
* Fort Lauderdale International Airport [http://www.broward.org/airport ], ''FLL'', large airport 20 miles south of Boca in [[Fort Lauderdale]]. This is the more preferred airport over Miami and is accessible by any of the transportations. Shuttles are usually available from airports and taxis are common.  
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Boca Raton is served by three main airports.
* Palm Beach International Airport [http://www.pbia.org ], ''PBI'', large airport 20 miles north of Boca.
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* '''Fort Lauderdale International Airport [http://www.broward.org/airport ]''' (airport code: FLL), large airport 20 miles south of Boca in [[Fort Lauderdale]].
* Miami International Airport [http://www.miami-airport.com/], ''MIA'', Miami. (About 45 miles / 55 minutes non-rush hour.)
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* '''Palm Beach International Airport''' [http://www.pbia.org ], ''PBI'', large airport 20 miles north of Boca.
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* '''Miami International Airport''' [http://www.miami-airport.com/], ''MIA'', Miami. (About 45 miles / 55 minutes non-rush hour.)
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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:
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*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.
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*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.
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*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.
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See the Rail section for more details.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
 
* Interstate 95 - four exits to Boca Raton are Palmetto Park Road, Glades Road, Yamato Road and Congress Avenue.
 
* Interstate 95 - four exits to Boca Raton are Palmetto Park Road, Glades Road, Yamato Road and Congress Avenue.
 
* Florida's Turnpike [http://www.floridasturnpike.com] - toll road with lighter traffic and an exit at Glades Road.
 
* Florida's Turnpike [http://www.floridasturnpike.com] - toll road with lighter traffic and an exit at Glades Road.
* Palm Tran - Palm Beach County's public bus system (http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/)
 
  
 
===By rail===
 
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[[Image:Wikitravel train.jpg|thumb|400px|Yamato Road train station, Boca Raton.]]
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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, [http://www.amtrak.com]].
 
* '''Amtrak''', 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 1-877-632-3788, [http://www.amtrak.com]].
* '''TriRail''' [http://www.tri-rail.com] - a regional commuter rail line connecting Boca Raton to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. There is a station on Yamato Road just west of I-95.
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* '''TriRail''' [http://www.tri-rail.com] - a regional commuter rail line connecting Boca Raton to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.  
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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, although there are designated taxi spots at the station as well as Palm Tran bus routes 2[http://www.pbcgov.com/palmtran/maps_schedules/rt2.htm] and 94 (weekdays only)[http://www.pbcgov.com/palmtran/maps_schedules/rt94.htm] that service the station.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
* '''Palm Tran''' [http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/], 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.
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* '''Palm Tran''' [http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/], 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===
 
===By water from the Atlantic Ocean===
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===By car===
 
===By car===
Boca Raton is a car-friendly city. It is 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.
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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.
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**Be aware that traffic congestion at rush hour is worst on Glades Road near Florida Atlantic University and Town Center Mall.
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**Unless there is a city event going on in the area it is very quick and easy to drive around downtown.
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**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====
 
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===By bike or foot===
 
===By bike or foot===
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.
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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==
 
==See==
* '''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. [http://www.bocamuseum.org/]
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Boca Raton hosts both concerts and theater productions throughout the year, most visibly at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown, as well as boasting two upscale movie theaters and an all-digital indie movie theater at FAU. For those looking to get outside, Boca has two nature centers - one each in East Boca and West Boca - that bring visitors up close and personal with the South Florida ecosystem.
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** '''Counte de Hoernle Amphitheater''' - This amphitheater is run by local philanthropists who contribute significant amounts to local and regional causes. The Amphitheatre hosts quite a variety of cultural events throughout the year. It is located near the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park. Guests over the last few years have included Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jack Johnson.
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'''Free''' attractions in this category include the children's museums and the nature centers. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is also free on certain dates or for certain visitors like children, see below for more information.
** '''Mizner Park Amphitheater''', 590 Plaza Real, (561) 750-1668, [http://www.miznerparkamp.com/] Presents a minimum of 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres including country, jazz and classic rock. The amphitheater can accommodate up to 4000 fans for general admission events. Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 12PM – 5PM,Day of show: 12PM – 9PM
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**'''Sunset Cove Amphitheater''', 12551 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 488-8069. Hosts concerts as well as community movies. Previous acts have included Tegan & Sara and Rise Against. [http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters/sunsetcove/]
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===Concert and Live Show Venues===
*'''Gumbo Limbo Nature Center''', 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 338-1473. A small but fun nature center by the beach. Admission is free and 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.
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[[File:Wikitravel Mizner Amphitheater.jpg|thumb|500px|Mizner Amphitheater hosts concerts, movies and other special events.]]
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* '''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. [http://www.fauevents.com]
** '''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.
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* '''Mizner Park Amphitheater'''. 590 Plaza Real, (561) 750-1668, [http://www.miznerparkamp.com/] Also known as Counte de Hoernle Amphitheater, this 4,000-patron amphitheater in East Boca is run by local philanthropists and presents over 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres as well as 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.
** '''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.
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*'''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. [http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/amphitheaters/sunsetcove/]
**'''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/)
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===Movie theaters===
** '''Regal Shadowood 16''' - 9889 Glades Road. (561) 482-2296. Probably the cheapest ticket to the movies and serves primarily West Boca Raton.
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Most of the movie theaters are located in East Boca Raton. All ticket prices below do not include upcharge for 3D showings (typically ~$3).
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** '''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.” [http://www.caldwelltheatre.com]
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'''East Boca'''
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* '''Cinemark Palace 20'''. 3200 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. The first "upscale" movie theater in Boca Raton and located right off I-95 on Airport Road. Shows all new movies including 3D, but no IMAX. The second floor is the Premier level including full bar and a restaurant. Ticket prices: Discount Tuesdays (non-3D) $6.21, Matinee $7, Adults $14, Children/Seniors $11 (on Mondays Seniors are $6.50).
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* '''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 fancy club atmosphere with pre-selected seats, food service into the theater, and a Salt Lounge bar for drinks. "Premium plus" seats include reclining chairs, pillows, blanket and popcorn. Ticket prices: Premium $16, Premium Plus $28.
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*'''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. (http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com/). Ticket prices: FAU Students/Faculty $6.50, Military $7, Matinee $8, Adults $9.50; Monday and Tuesday $5.
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* '''Regal Shadowood 16'''. 9889 Glades Road. (561) 482-2296. Probably the cheapest adult ticket to the movies and serves primarily West Boca Raton, this theater recently upgraded to king sized recliner seats (which can be pre-selected) to compete with Cinemark and iPic. Ticket prices: Adult $12.60, Child/Senior $9.21.
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[[Image:Wikitravel art museum.jpg|thumb|Boca Raton Museum of Art entrance.]]
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* '''Boca Raton Museum of Art'''. Adjacent to the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in the Mizner Park complex in downtown Boca Raton. Some good items in the permanent collection and often hosts some fine traveling exhibits, including the art of video games and miniature golf courses designed by artists. [http://www.bocamuseum.org/] Children and students free, adults $12, seniors $10. Free to all on the first Sunday of the month.
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*'''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.
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*'''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.
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*'''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.” [http://www.caldwelltheatre.com]
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[[File:Gumbo Limbo Tanks.jpg|thumb|Saltwater tanks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.]]
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*The nature centers are small - you can see everything in about an hour - but free.
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*East Boca: '''Gumbo Limbo Nature Center''', 1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 338-1473. Nature center across from 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 FAU Research Labs and Galleries.
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*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==
 
==Learn==
* '''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 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/)
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Described as a "burgeoning college town"[http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-11-14/news/fl-boca-college-town-20111104_1_president-mary-jane-saunders-fau-college-town], Boca Raton campuses serve around 48,000 college students during the week, mostly concentrated in East Boca. Outside of the sporting events and special events like speakers or concerts, it not common for travelers to visit the campuses.
* '''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 exceptional Division II athletes.
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* '''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/)
(http://www.lynn.edu/)
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* '''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[http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/x11718.xml] at its Boca campus, Palm Beach State College offers a variety of classes including continuing education courses. (http://www.palmbeachstate.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[http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/x11718.xml] 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)
 
* '''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)
  
Altogether Boca Raton campuses serve around 48,000 college students daily so Boca Raton tends to have a steady population of younger people as well.
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==Do==
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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. The City plays host to art activities and cooking classes, family entertainment centers and escape rooms, bowling, spas, guided boat tours, live sports and of course several great beaches, acclaimed golf courses and various watersports. Boca Raton does not have an Attractions Pass.
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'''Free''' attractions in this category would include people-watching at Mizner Park, visiting the various public parks and attending the free city events like the Boca Bash, Meet Me On The Promenade and Holiday Boat Parade. Although not free, the beaches are inexpensive.
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===Indoor Fun===
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*Art activities
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**'''Imagine That Creations'''. 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd # 3. (561) 206-6181. [http://www.imaginethatboca.com]. Choose from various pre-made pottery and hang out to paint it. Relaxing, fun activity. Open 11am-10pm.
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**'''Uptown Art'''.  6018 SW 18th St in the Shoppes at Village Point. 561-218-4557. [http://www.uptownart.com/boca-raton-fl/] Hang out, drink some wine, paint with your friends or family along with the instructor.
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* '''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.
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*Cooking classes
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**'''Sur La Table'''. 438 Plaza Real, in Mizner Park. Various hands-on activities, including some for kids. Available every day, book online ahead of time [http://www.surlatable.com/browse/storeCalendar.jsp?storeId=113]. Prices typically run $69-250 per person depending on the chef.
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* Escape Rooms
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**'''Master Escape Room'''. 1700 N Dixie Hwy #126, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 571-5381. [http://www.masterescaperoom.com] Three rooms: Egyptian Tomb, Crime Scene, Bank Robbery.
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**'''Adventure Vault'''. Suite A4, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 922-3881. [http://www.adventure-vault.com] Two rooms: Death and Breakfast, Prison Redemption.
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**'''Try-n-Escape'''. Suite A2, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 409-4930. [http://www.try-n-escape.com/landers/boca-raton/#] One room now (Hang 'Em High), plans for three eventually.
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**'''QroomEscape'''. 4770 A NW 2nd Ave Boca Raton FL, 33431. (561) 571-2423. [http://www.qroomescape.com/] Two rooms: Fifty Shades Darker, The Mind Eraser.
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* '''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.
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* '''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.
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===Outdoor Fun===
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* '''Boca Flyboard''' - 1100 Ocean Blvd. 561-405-8866. [http://www.bovaflyboard.com]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).
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*'''Force E-Dive'''. 2621 North Federal Hwy, Highway U. S. 1.(561) 368-0555. [https://www.force-e.com/] Snorkeling charters, scuba certification, gear rental in East Boca.
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*'''Intracoastal Boat Tour'''. Small, private speed boat tours of up to 6 guests are available via Boca Boat Adventures for sightseeing or a guided tour of celebrity houses from the water. [http://bocaboatadventures.com/]
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* '''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. [http://www.anoutdoorslife.com/]
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===Beaches===
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All beaches are open sunrise to sunset. All parking is paid for at master meters and costs $2/hour on weekdays or $3/hour on Saturday and Sunday. All meters have a 4 hour max timeframe except South Beach's Palmetto Park Pavillion which is a 1 hour max timeframe.[http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/pages/sites/default/files/Uploaded_PDF/Parking/Parkingbrochure.pdf]
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*'''Red Reef Park'''. [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/redreef.cfm]1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. A 67 Acre Oceanfront park including the 20 Acre Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/gumbo.cfm]. 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.
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*'''South Beach'''. 400 N. State Road A1A. Swimming and surf-fishing (during special hours). One of the advantages here is that the main entrance/pavilion area is the terminus for East Palmetto Park Road, meaning there are a line of shops leading up to this beach. You can park, dine, shop and then head to the beach.
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*'''South Inlet Park'''. 1100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. 11 acres of beachfront park with picnic tables, pavilions and playgrounds but the real attraction here is the jetty. Visitors and residents often fish from the jetty or simply watch boats enter the Intracostal from the ocean via the Boca Raton Inlet.
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* '''Spanish River Beach'''. A popular beach 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. Be aware that a section of this park is open as a "dog beach" with unleashed dogs on Fri-Sun from 7am-9am and 3pm-sunset between lifeguard towers 18 and 20, which encompasses the area from Spanish River/A1A and south for two lifeguard towers.
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[[File:Wikitravel stadium.jpg|thumb|400px|right|FAU Stadium.]]
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===Live Sports===
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* '''The Burrow'''. 777 Glades Road. [http://www.fausports.com] Florida Atlantic University's on-campus basketball arena hosts Division I basketball games from November through March. Amenities include Club boxes, large video scoreboard, team store and concessions.
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* '''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. Students tailgate north of the stadium at the "Rat's Mouth".
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* '''Florida Launch'''. Palm Beach County's only men's professional lacrosse team plays their home games at FAU Stadium during the season, which runs from April to August. [http://www.floridalaunchlacrosse.com]
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* The '''Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex'''. 18000 Jog Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33496. 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.
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===Public Golf Courses===
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*'''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.
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* '''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)
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===Public Parks===
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*'''Countess de Hoernle Park'''. 1000 Spanish River Blvd. (561) 393-7810. Boca's newest 84.8 acre park, located across from the Spanish River Library, offers soccer and baseball fields, picnic areas, playground and a jogging loop around the lake that connects the park (under the bridge) to the Spanish River Library and Pondhawk Nature Preserve.
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*'''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!
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*'''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)
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*'''South County Regional Park'''. 11200 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33498. 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.
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*'''Sugar Sand Park'''. [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/Sugarsand.cfm]. 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486. A great place to take the kids due to an enormous fort/jungle gym, carousel, ball parks, etc. Open 8AM-11PM every day except Sunday, when it is open 8AM-8PM.
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*'''Tim Huxhold Skate Park'''. 400 Crawford Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33432. An all-cement skate park, mostly used by teens, and shuffleboard courts. [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/skatepark.shtm]
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===City Events/Traditions===
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February
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*'''Concours d'Elegance.''' [http://www.bocaratonconcours.com/] 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.
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April
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*'''Boca Bash'''. [https://www.facebook.com/TheBocaBash/] Spring Break-style event with thousands of people on Lake Boca. Locals bring all their boats/paddleboards/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 on the last Sunday in April every year, though that could change if there's bad weather.
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*'''Buffalo Bash'''. [https://www.facebook.com/atoaxidbuffalobash/] 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.
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October
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*'''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.
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*'''Owl Prowl'''. [http://www.fau.edu/homecoming/] 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).
  
==Do==
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November
* Indoor Fun
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*'''Food & Wine Festival'''. [http://www.bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com/] Celebrated in November at Florida Atlantic University. Dancing Under the stars, Vineyard Party, Grand Tasting and Craft Brew Bottles. Tickets range from $59-267.
** '''Boomers''' - a family entertainment center where you can enjoy mini golf, laser tag, go karts and a full arcade.
 
** '''The Burrow''' - 777 Glades Road. Florida Atlantic University's on-campus basketball arena, where it hosts Division I basketball games from November through March. Amenities include Club boxes, large video scoreboard, team store and concessions. FAU also brings a live owl (the school's mascot) around so people in the audience can take pictures with it.
 
** '''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.
 
** Spa Palazzo - This spa is known for its array of therapeutic massages and steams, open 6 days a week in the Boca Raton Resort and Hotel.
 
  
* Outdoor Fun
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December
** '''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.
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*'''Boca Raton Bowl'''. [http://espnevents.com/boca-raton-bowl/] 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).
** '''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. [http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/aquatics/waterparks/coconutcove/]
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*'''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.
** '''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, Tomasso's italian (with special "Owl Ball", a meatball entree inside a garlic roll) Chicken Grill and local BBQ favorite Mississippi Sweets. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue and red and mingle with the FAU community; students tailgate in front of the stadium at the "Rat's Mouth" but tailgating can be found all over campus on gamedays.
 
** 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. [http://www.miznerpark.com/html]  Mizner Park has unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art. 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.
 
** Professional Sports in the area - There are no professional teams in Boca Raton, only college sports, which are the main attraction here. Pro teams can be found within an hour's drive: Miami Dolphins football (37 mi), Florida Panthers hockey (30.5 mi), Miami Heat basketball (48 mi) and Miami Marlins baseball (48 mi). Also consider the Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex (7.1 mi) where some of the world's top polo players play during the months of (Jan-Apr), as Boca Raton is known as the winter capital. Watching greyhound racing at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (24.4 mi) is also an option; as is the Dania Jai-Alai (29.6 mi) at Dania Beach.
 
** '''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.
 
  
* Notable Public Parks:
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===Seasonal Attractions===
**'''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)
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* '''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. [http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/aquatics/waterparks/coconutcove/] See the website for days open, since it changes every year, but typically March-September. Adults $10.60, Child (ages 3-11) $8.60, Toddler (ages 1-2) $4.60, Infant (under 1 year) are free. After 3 pm, the prices are reduced by $2.
**'''Red Reef Park''', [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/redreef.cfm]- A 67 Acre Oceanfront park including the 20 Acre '''Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center''' [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/gumbo.cfm]. 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.
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*'''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.
** '''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''', [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/parks/Sugarsand.cfm] 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. [http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/skatepark.shtm]
 
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
* ''' Boca Town Center Mall'''[http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=144] 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.
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[[Image:Wikitravel mall.jpg|thumb|400px|Boca Raton Town Center Mall.]]
* ''' Mizner Park''', [http://www.miznerpark.com/html] is a chic mixed-used new urbanism district in a revitalized part of downtown Boca.
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* ''' Boca Town Center Mall''' [http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=144]. 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. "Town Center" is the well-known upscale 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. The food court was recently renovated and contains a mixture of the usual mall fare mixed with local chains like El Jefe Luchador and Sliderz.
* ''' Royal Palm Place''', [http://www.royalpalmplace.com] 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.
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* ''' Mizner Park''' [http://www.miznerpark.com/html] 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. An upscale, 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.
* ''' Regency Court''' - Open 7 days a week. Offers an array of restaurant and shops for tourists or locals. [http://regencycourtwoodfield.com/index.html]
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* ''' Royal Palm Place''' [http://www.royalpalmplace.com] 101 Plaza Real S, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Mixed-use development in the south end of downtown Boca.  Featuring international restaurants, salons & spas, shopping, specialties & services, Class A Office Space and 185 luxury rental residences.
* '''University Commons''' Plaza - 1400 Glades Road Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. This strip plaza is home to many different stores including Whole Foods Market, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a two-story Barnes and Noble Boookstore, and Swoozies. Restaurants in the plaza including: PF Changs, J.Alexanders, Mario's, Jamba Juice and 16 Handles frozen yogurt.
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* ''' Regency Court'''. Woodfield Plaza, 3013 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Offers an array of restaurants and shops. [http://regencycourtwoodfield.com/index.html]
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* '''University Commons''' Plaza - 1400 Glades Road Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. This popular upscale strip plaza just off I-95 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==
 
==Eat==
  
Boca has a deserved "ritzy" reputation, but good food can be found for a variety of budgets.  
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Boca may have a deserved "ritzy" reputation but good food can be found for a variety of budgets. The vegetarian Boca Burger originated in Boca Raton but it is not offered in many restaurants. Visitors to South Florida in general tend to gravitate towards Florida orange juice, saltwater taffy, key lime pie, alligator bites and local seafood offerings like fresh mahi-mahi sandwiches. Even if that doesn't interest you, 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/Florida chains will be included here.
  
 
===Grocery Stores===
 
===Grocery Stores===
  
* '''Whole Foods Market''', 1400 Glades Rd, Boca Raton  Florida  33431, (561) 447-0000, [http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bocaraton]. Full service corporate health food and grocery store.
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* '''Joseph's Classic Market'''. 5250 Town Center Circle. (561) 347-2314. [http://josephsclassicmarket.com/]. Family-owned gourmet Italian market with a Brooklyn influence.
  
* '''Joseph's Classic Market''', 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486, (561) 347-2314, [http://josephsclassicmarket.com/]. Gourmet Italian market with a Brooklyn influence.
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* '''Publix'''. Multiple locations. Florida's most popular supermarket chain, known for Buy One Get One deals and line of their own products (chicken tenders, brownies, sweet tea, rotisserie chicken, etc). Most Floridians will recommend you get a Publix sub ("pub sub", or hoagie sandwich) while you're here.
  
* '''The Fresh Market''', 20409 S State Rd 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498, [http://www.thefreshmarket.com/directions?store=115/]. Like Whole Foods, but not quite as corporate.
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===Breakfast/Brunch===
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This list focuses on restaurants who specialize in breakfast/brunch and typically close by mid-afternoon.
  
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* '''Boca Beach House'''. 887 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 826-8850. Serves American breakfast/lunch menu including crabmeat omelettes, nutella pancakes, and tasty homefries. Walking distance to South Beach Park. Open Tues - Fri 8am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm, closed Mondays.
  
* '''Cannoli Kitchen''', (561) 338-2929, [http://www.cannolikitchen.com]. 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!), pastas, and other good Italian in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take out or delivery, but they have a small counter if you want to eat there.
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* '''Flakowitz Bagel Inn'''. 1999 N Federal Hwy. (561) 368-0666. This unassuming breakfast and Jewish deli spot serves up New York-style dishes. Will often see locals grab egg sandwiches, bagels and coffee quickly at the walk-up window before work. Open every day 7AM–3PM.
  
* ''' Lindburgers – West Boca''', 9834 Glades Road, Phone: (561) 218-5557, [http://www.lindburgers.com]. 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.
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* '''The Tin Muffin Cafe'''. 364 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 392-9446. Small, quaint breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Boca serving sandwiches, quiches, soups, muffins and desserts. Open Mon-Sat 11am-4pm, closed Sunday.
  
* '''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.
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* '''Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry Shop'''. 1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (561) 368-4634. This hidden gem feels like a country cabin inside and serves generous portions of comfort food like breakfast in a pot, croissant french toast and eggs benedict. Open every day 7am-2pm.
  
* '''Salad Creations''', 5250 Town Center Circle Ste. 129, you choose all the ingredients you want in your salad or wrap.
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* '''Cannoli Kitchen''', 2001 N Federal Hwy. (561) 338-2929. [http://www.cannolikitchen.com]. Pizzas (whole or by the slice), pastas, and other Italian dishes in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take-out; limited seating.
  
* '''Sal's New York Grill''', 200 S. Federal Highway (561) 392-1969. New York Italian deli and similar dishes, breakfast, lunch, or diner.
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* '''LaSpada's Hoagies.''' 2240 NW 19th St. (561) 393-1434. Locally-famous chain with huge hoagie sandwiches packed with meat, often tossed across from slicer to maker in a bit of showmanship.
  
* '''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.
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* ''' Lindburgers'''. 9834 Glades Road. (561) 218-5557, delivery: (561) 488-9665. [http://www.lindburgers.com]. Serves over 50 versions of their old-fashioned 7-ounce sirloin burgers fried in a cast-iron pan.  
  
* '''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.
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* '''Munchiez'''.  158 NW 20th St. (561) 395-0833. [http://ww.munchiez420.com] Based off a popular food truck of the same name, this FAU hotspot serves "marijuana-themed" sandwiches/burgers/hot dogs with names like Wake & Bacon, Stoner Mac & Cheese, Cheech & Chong and Pineapple Express.  
  
* '''Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant''', 1229 West Palmetto Park Road. (561) 392-8985. [http://www.tomassos-pizza.com/]. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain. Take-out, Delivery, and dine in available.  Huge slices also!
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* '''Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant'''. 1229 West Palmetto Park Road. (561) 392-8985. [http://www.tomassos-pizza.com/]. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain with large pizza slices.
  
* '''Too Jay's''' 2200 West Glades Road. [http://www.toojays.com/index.html] 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
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* '''TooJay's Gourmet Deli'''. 2240 NW 19th St #700. (561) 392-4181. [http://www.toojays.com/index.html] Old style New York type deli, good quality, generous servings. Original location in Palm Beach; now a small chain around south and central Florida.
  
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===Mid-range===
  
* ''' Cold Stone Creamery''', 2200 W. Glades Road, (561) 391-6966 or Delivery (561) 488-9665, [http://www.coldstonecreamery.com]. Branch of Kosher certified national ice cream chain.
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* '''Augy's Restaurant & Pizzeria'''. 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (561) 368-1330. East Boca restaurant serving  stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, and snapper provencal made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce.  
  
* '''Sonny's Gelato Cafe''', 2151 North Federal Highway, [http://www.realgelato.com/]. Sonny's offers gelato at a great price and fun and friendly atmosphere. Also Italian cookies, capucino, etc.
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* '''Bullfish Raw Bar & Grill'''. 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; Suite 64. (561) 392-5040.[http://www.bullfishrawbar.com] Casual restaurant in the Garden Shoppes of Boca Raton. Hosts a full bar & lounge and outdoor patio. Delivery available.
  
* '''The Gelato Shoppe Petrini''', 8177 Glades Road [http://thegelatoshoppe.com/]. Offers wide range of authentic Italian gelato and a reasonable lunch menu (mon-friday, 11AM to 3PM only). Coffees, Belgian waffles offered from 11AM to 10PM. 561-488-3070. Closed Friday evenings until Saturday evenings. Kosher Certified ORB.
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* '''Farmer's Table''' 1901 N Military Trail. (561) 417-5836. Cozy "garden-friendly" American restaurant that focuses on organic, health-conscious food on a diverse menu.  
  
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* '''HotDog Opolis'''. 6020 N Federal Hwy; second location 8177 Glades Rd. Real Chicago-style hotdogs, sausages, burgers, italian beef, chili. Also does New York style dogs and hotdogs from lamb, rabbit, boar, etc.
  
* <eat name="Asian Grill Japanese and Chinese Restaurant" address="10018 Spanish Isles Blvd. Bay A-2 Boca Raton, FL 33498" phone="(561) 883-3903" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://www.asiangrill.org">Home of the best Japanese and Chinese Take Out/Free Delivery in West Boca Raton area. Family owned and operated in two different locations for over 10 years.</eat>
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* '''Kanpai'''. 41 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 361-8688. Hip new yakiniku sushi bar in downtown Boca Raton. Korean-influenced Japanese menu. Also has food on small boat that come by on a conveyor belt, take off what you like. Also traditional menu, large bar.
  
* '''Augy's Pizza Board Restaurant''', 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd, 368-1330.  Dozens of daily specials.  Local favorite for their stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, along with the snapper Provencal, made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce. Located in East Boca North of Glades Rd on NW 2nd ave.
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* '''Lime Fresh Mexican Grill'''. 20642 St Rd 7. (561) 488-9870. Fast casual Mexican chain from Miami, here in West Boca, known for their queso dip and lime-infused dishes.
  
* '''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, using the freshest ingredients in the area. Offering a wide selection of entrees with fresh seafood. Located south of Mizner Park off US1, in the Royal Palm Plaza.
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* '''Mississippi Sweets''', 2399 N. Federal Hwy., just north of 20th Street on US 1. Reasonably-priced BBQ joint with genuine Southern-style cooking. The namesake Mississippi Sweets are thinly-sliced sweet potatoes that are fried like potato chips.
  
* '''Bullfish Raw Bar & Grill''', 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; Suite 64, 392-5040,[http://www.bullfishrawbar.com] 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.
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* '''Patio Tapas & Beer'''. 205 SE 1st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 419-7239. [http://www.patiotapasandbeer.com] New Spanish-style tapas/small plates restaurant downtown. Chicken croquets, pork belly, yogurt dip with sweet potato chips, etc. Highly recommended!
  
* '''Coal Mine Pizza''', 399 SE Mizner Blvd, Royal Palm Place, 826-2625,  [http://www.coalminepizza.com]. There are 10 specialty pizzas, balsamic coal-baked chicken wings, the Far East Crispy Shrimp, as well as the Tuscan salad, and daily specials.
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* '''The Rebel House'''. 297 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 353-5888. American comfort food in a quirky hipster atmosphere in downtown Boca.
  
* '''Curries & More''' 217 East Palmetto Park Rd. tel 392-29999. Indian food in South Florida. For those with nut allerigies, selected dishes can be made without cashew sauce.  
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* '''Shanghai City'''. 7860 Glades Rd Ste 105. (561) 482-1291. Chinese restaurant with classic Pekingese specialties elegantly prepared and flavorful such as Peking Duck, lamb in garlic sauce, and honey-roasted ribs.
  
* <eat name="Gary Woo's Asian Bistro" address="" phone="(561) 368-8803" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="http://www.garywooasianbistro.com">Unique Chinese restaurant that has real chefs from Chinatown in New York City.  If you want authentic  New York Chinese food in Boca Raton, you definitely need to check Gary Woo's. The food is fresh and traditional.</eat>
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* '''Steve's Wood Fired Pizza'''. 9180 Glades Rd. (561) 483-5665. Authentic Italian neighborhood pizzeria with more than 50 types of freshly-prepared wood fired brick oven pizza plus salads, pasta entrees, wraps and desserts. One pizza is enough for one hungry adult.
  
*Houstans- 1900 NW Executive Center Cir. Boca Raton, FL 33431. This restaurant offers burgers, salads, and a variety of entrees. It is priced a big higher, but the food and service are both exceptional .
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* '''Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine'''. 2240 NW 19th St #1201. (561) 347-0008. Specializes in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Thai menu includes duck curry, seafood curry, fried fish with sauce, Pad Thai, stir fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, and various meats.
  
* '''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.
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* '''The Sybarite Pig'''. 20642 State Rd 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 883-3200. Gastropub in West Boca with burgers and craft beers.
  
* '''Kagura Japanese Restaurant''', 5030 Champion Blvd Ste D8, Polo Shoppes (561) 241-5958, Delivery:(877) 632-5487.  Specialties: Sushi Bar with full menu of Japanese Cuisine available for Dine in, Take out and Delivery.
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* '''Tijuana Flats'''. Palms Plaza At Boca Del Mar, 22191 Powerline Rd. (561) 465-2723. Fast casual tex-mex chain from Orlando, FL known for its comic book style artwork on the walls, extensive hot sauce bar and cookie dough flautas.
  
* '''Lilly's New Cuisine''', 451 East Palmetto Park Rd, (561) 362-0208, Homemade pastas specialities including seafood and sausages for a one of a kind experience.  
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* '''True'''. 147 SE 1st Ave. (561) 417-5100. Family-owned American "beer and crab cakes" restaurant and bar known for its Maryland crab cakes, red crab soup, shrimp, briskets, and mac & cheese.
  
* '''Mario's of Boca''' 2200 Glades Rd., Phone  (561)392-5595, [http://www.mariosofboca.com]. 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 with convenient take-out and delivery service.
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* '''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.
  
* '''Outback Steakhouse''', 6030 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton FL 33433, (561) 338-6283,  [http://www.outback.com/]. Australian steakhouse concept open for dinner only. Serves  beef and steak items, for a good portion of the menu. As well as a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Located just west of military trail on Sw 18th st. Convenient curbside take-out and NEW delivery service.
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===Splurge===
  
* '''Pizza Fusion''', 196 N Federal Highway,(561) 213-6512, Delivery:(877) 632-5487. [http://www.pizzafusion.com]. 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 it’s soap-stone Roto-flex oven and delivering it’s delicious meals in Pizza Fusion’s earth-friendly Hybrid delivery vessels.
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* '''13 American Table'''. 451 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 409-2061. Fancy downtown restaurant open for dinner (5pm-10pm) serving items like seasonal fish, grilled pork chop or octopus, roasted half chicken, pork belly tacos and crispy fingerling potatoes. Reservation recommended.
  
* '''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 is excellent and 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.
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* '''Abe & Louies'''. 2200 West Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431. This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, steaks, and fine dining atmosphere.  
  
*'''Red's Backwoods BBQ''', 1345 W. Palmetto Park Rd., (561) 417-0797. [http://redsbackwoodsbbq.com/]. BBQ, Chicken, Ribs, Catfish, burgers, steaks and the sweet potato fries are a must. Located just east of I-95 on Palmetto Pk Rd.
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* '''Chops Lobster Bar'''. 101 Plaza Real S. (561) 395-2675. Consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 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.  
  
*'''La Rosa Nautica Restaurant''' [http://www.larosanauticausa.com/] 515 N. E. 20th St (''just off Federal Highway''). Authentic Peruvian cuisine. Lots of excellent seafood, along with tasty beef and chicken dishes. 7 days 11a - 10p. Tel (561) 296-1413.
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* '''Max's Grille'''.404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. (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 when bands perform nearby at the Mizner Amphitheater.  
  
* '''Siam Sea - Japanese Sushi & Thai''', 7860 Glades Rd., (561) 483-3440. Enjoy a tasty curry or fresh sushi at the sushi bar .
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* '''Tanzy'''. 301 Plaza Real. (561) 922-6699. This "date night" restaurant is attached to the upscale iPic theater in Mizner Park and known for its ambiance. American-Italian menu includes parma, mozza, salads, sandwiches and pastas.
  
* '''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.
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* '''Uncle Tai's'''. 5250 Town Center Circle. (561) 368-8806, delivery:(877) 632-5487. Uncle Tai's has Authentic Hunan style '''Chinese''' food, not Thai. Monthly cooking classes (with advanced reservations) are taught by the restaurants head chef James Tai. [http://www.uncle-tais.com]
  
*""Stir Crazy- Located on 6000 Glades Rd Boca Raton, FL 33431 (In Boca Town Center Mall)- This restaurant offers Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food.  People are given the option to stir fry food or order from the menu.
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===International===
  
* '''Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine''' 2200 Glades Rd, (561) 347-0008. Sushi Masa is no mere sushi bar, specializing in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Impressive 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. Prices at Sushi Masa, are a nice bargain.
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* '''Casa Do Pao'''. 22829 N State Rd 7. (561) 852-8390. Brazillian food in West Boca. Coxinha, sandwiches, coffee, cakes, pastries, etc.
  
* '''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.
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*'''Crepe Cafe'''. 504 Via De Palmas. (561) 757-3504. French restaurant in downtown Boca. Breakfast, entree and dessert crepes, as well as coffee and salad.
  
* '''Taverna Helios''' 2997 East Palmetto Park Rd. Good Greek in a casual atmosphere. M-Sa Noon - 9PM. Tel (561) 281-4879
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*'''Gluttonous Goat'''. 99 SE Mizner Blvd #114, Plaza Real South. (561) 923-9457. Chef-owned Caribbean-American gastropub in downtown Boca Raton serving dishes like fried mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits and duck tacos.
  
* '''Watercolors''', in the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, 999 East Camino Real. (561) 368-9500. Nice restaurant and bar to visit when you want to relax, dance or just enjoy good food in a casual atmosphere. Overlooking Boca Raton inlet.
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* '''Lemongrass Hot Pot'''. 21073 Powerline Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33433. (561) 609-2200. Taiwanese restaurant where you choose your soup/broth base which heats at the table, then you add meats and seafood to cook there.
  
* '''Yucatan Mexican Grill''' 525 S Federal Hwy., (954) 481-9933. Great salsa, great food, good service. Karoke Night Thursdays, 2 for 1 Margaritas.
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* '''Padrino's Cuban Cuisine'''. 20455 State Rd 7. (561) 451-1070. Cuban food with lunch buffet in West Boca.
  
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* '''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.
  
*Abe & Louies- 2200 West Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431. This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, steaks, and fine dining atmosphere.  
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* '''Rancheritos de Boca'''. 8903 Glades Rd, Ste A-10. Colombian food. Empanadas, patacon con hogao, arepa de chocolo con queso and more.
  
*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.  
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* '''Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro'''. 6298 N Federal Hwy. (561) 994-2828. Jerk chicken, curry shrimp, vegan patties, plantains, rice.
  
* 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.  
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* '''Sapphire Indian Cuisine'''. 500 Via De Palmas Suite 79. (561) 362-2299. Upscale Indian cuisine including tandoor, seafood, poultry, lamb, vegetable dishes.  
  
*New York Prime- This is a hot steakhouse in Boca Raton features high-quality USDA Grade steak, fresh seafood, vegetables, and fine wine selections.  
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* '''Taverna Kyma'''. 6298 N Federal Hwy. (561) 994-2828. Greek fare in a casual atmosphere.
  
* '''Ristorante Bova''', 1450 N. Federal Highway (Just north of Glades Rd. on Federal Highway in East Boca.), (561) 362-7407.[http://www.ristorantebova.com/]Contemporary Upscale Italian Nuovo Classico Cuisine.
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==Drink==
  
*Ruth's Chris-225 Northeast Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton - (561) 392-6746- The dining room is fantastic and the food (served a la carte) is exquisite. From the filets to the seafood, everything is a must. The desserts are worth the price.  
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Boca Raton has a low-key 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.'''
  
* '''Seasons 52''', [http://www.seasons52.com/] 2300 N.W. Executive Center Drive, (561) 998-9952 - Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated grill and wine bar and a seasonally changing as well as health-conscious menu.  
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* Downtown Bars
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**'''Dubliner Irish Bar'''. 435 Plaza Real. 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. [http://dublinerboca.com/]
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**'''Wishing Well Irish Pub'''. 111 SE Mizner Blvd. (561) 750-5208. Laid-back American-Irish pub somewhat hidden away from the usual spots on the east side of downtown. Features local live music.
  
* '''Uncle Tai's''', 5250 Town Center Circle, (561) 368-8806, Delivery:(877) 632-5487 [http://www.uncle-tais.com].  Uncle Tai's has excellent Authentic Hunan style '''Chinese''' food, not Thai. [http://www.uncle-tais.com/menu.htm]  Monthly cooking classes (with advanced reservations) are taught by the restaurants head chef James Tai.
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* Gastropubs
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**'''Beer Trade Co'''. 2151 N Federal Hwy.(561) 362-0447. Boca's newest bar, you pull beers from the fridge and pay based on the honor system. Eclectic menu includes pulled pork sliders, crab & mac (&cheese) hot dogs, various grilled cheeses and alcoholic root beer floats.
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** '''Biergarten'''. 309 Via De Palmas #90. 561-395-7462. A German-American themed bar and restaurant in downtown Boca serving beers and steins to complement foods like potato pancakes, bratwurst tacos and different kinds of schnitzel as well as live music. [http://www.biergartenboca.com/]
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** '''Brewzzi Boca Raton'''. 2222 Glades Rd. (561) 392-2739. [http://www.brewzzi.com]An Italian American Bistro and Microbrewery in central Boca, just west of I-95. Won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Fest 2000-2003. More gastropub than a brewery setting.
  
==Drink==
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**'''Bullfish Sports Bar'''. 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd, Suite F. (561) 482-0052, Delivery (561) 488-9665, [http://packyssite.tripod.com]Formally known as Packy's of Boca Raton, considers itself a family-friendly bar that welcomes all NY Jets and NY Giants fans as well as other sports enthusiasts.
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**'''The Lion & Eagle Pub'''. 2401 N Federal Hwy. (561) 447-7707. This small English pub serves all the traditional dishes of bangers&mash, fish&chips, scotch eggs&sausages, and is arguably the popular gathering spot to watch futbol (soccer) games in Boca.
  
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.
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* Regular Bars
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**'''Blue Martini'''. 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to its eponymous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Especially popular for networking among young professionals.
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**'''Holloway's Pub'''. 504 Via de Palmas. (561) 361-8445. Anyone thinking that Boca Raton is pretentious hasn't been to Holloway's Pub south of Palmetto Park Rd in the Royal Palm Place shopping center in East Boca Raton. Very laid-back, friendly atmosphere.
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**'''Nakava Kava Bar'''. 140 Northwest 20th Street. (561) 395-9888. Authentic kava bar with South Pacific theme and indoor tiki hut near Florida Atlantic University. Recently underwent a renovation. [http://www.nakava.com/]
  
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* College Bars
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**'''The Black Rose Irish Pub'''.  234 South Federal HWY. (561) 392-3808. Downtown Irish bar with a spacious courtyard and outdoor projector. Indoors one can often find live music and an alumni-age crowd.
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**'''The Irishmen'''. 1745 NW Boca Raton Boulevard.(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. [http://irishmenboca.com/]
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**'''O'Brians Irish Pub'''. 51 SE 1st Ave. (561) 338-7565. Downtown bar often packed with younger college students on Friday nights.
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**'''Rock'n Angels'''. 7200 N Dixie Hwy.(561) 372-6314.[http://www.rocknangels.com] Off-the-beaten path bar with food, karaoke, live music and large wood patio deck surrounded by trees. College Night on Thursdays.
  
* Bars
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* Breweries
** '''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. [http://www.biergartenboca.com/]
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**'''Barrel of Monks Brewing Co'''. 1141 South Rogers Circle Road, Suite 5. 561-510-1253. [http://www.barrelofmonks.com] Specializes in Belgian ales.
**'''Blue Martini,''' 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380 Boca Raton, FL 33431. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to fabulous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.
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**'''The Funky Buddah Lounge and Brewery'''. 2621 N Federal Hwy. (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. [http://www.thefunkybuddha.com/index.php]
** '''Brewzzi Boca Raton''', 2222 Glades Rd, (561) 392-2739, [http://www.brewzzi.com]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. A good place to eat and drink.
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**'''Prosperity Brewers'''. 4160 NW 1st Ave #20. Nanobrewery in East Boca. [http://www.prosperitybrewers.com]
**'''Bullfish Sports Bar''', 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd. Suite F, (561) 482-0052 ,Delivery (561) 488-9665, [http://packyssite.tripod.com]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.
 
**'''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. [http://dublinerboca.com/]
 
**'''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.  Closes at 2AM every night.
 
**College Bars
 
***'''The Funky Buddah Lounge and Brewery'''. 2621 North Federal Highway  Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 368-464. A college student hotspot, the Funky Buddah has won local awards for both Best Beer Bar and Best Hookah Bar. It often hosts Open Mic, comedy shows and local bands. [http://www.thefunkybuddha.com/index.php]
 
*** '''Hooligans'''. 36 SE 3rd St, Boca Raton, Fl 33432. 561-347-7625. A "venue, bar, lounge" known for tapas-style cuisine and live music, particularly in the reggae and rock genres.
 
***'''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. [http://irishmenboca.com/]
 
***'''Nakava Kava Bar'''. 140 Northwest 20th Street  Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 395-9888. Authentic kava bar near Florida Atlantic University. [http://www.nakava.com/]
 
***'''Night Owl'''. 497 NE 20th St  Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 245-1048. College bar down the street from FAU.
 
  
 
* Clubs
 
* Clubs
**'''Club Boca''' - Located on Military Trail, this nightclub is the primary spot for dancing in the area. There are certain nights where ladies drink free or are free of charge.
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**'''Boca Black Box'''. 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10. (561) 483-9036. [http://www.bocablackbox.com] Comedians, NY Comedy Night every Thursday, Movie nights, tribute bands. Offers selection of beer and wine.
**'''New York Comedy Club''' - 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434 (http://www.nyccboca.com/) Chelsea Lately, Flo Hernandez, and other famous comedians have been known to visit the comedy club.
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**'''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.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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Most of the hotels are clustered around the Interstate 95 exits at Yamato Road and Glades Road, along Federal Highway close to the beach, or encircling the Intracostal off East Camino Real close to the Boca Raton Inlet. As part of the city's ongoing efforts to maintain its natural resources and green space, Boca Raton forbids new commercial development along its beaches and therefore has few hotels on the beach itself. However, there are a number of options depending on whether you want to be close to the ocean, downtown, colleges/universities or the Yamato Road train station. Currently the only hotel in the heart of the downtown area is the new Hyatt Place although a planned 5 star Mandarin Oriental hotel is expected to open in the future on the south end of downtown.
  
* '''Boca Raton Bridge Hotel''', 999, East Camino Real, (866) 909-BOCA (2622), [http://www.bocaratonbridgehotel.com] 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.
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===5 star hotels===
*'''Boca Resort and Spa''', 501 East Camino Real, (888) 491-2622, [http://www.bocaresort.com/spa_palazzo/spa_palazzo.cfm] 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.
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* '''Boca Beach Club'''. 900 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-447-3000. [http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/boca-beach-club-a-waldorf-astoria-resort-BCTBCWA/index.html] A Waldorf Astoria hotel sharing amenities with Boca Raton Resort including 2 golf courses, tennis courts, jet-skiing, fitness classes and a 50,000 sq ft spa. Also the closest hotel to the actual ocean and only one of three hotels in Boca Raton with ocean views (the other two being the Boca Raton Resort & Spa and the Waterstone Resort & Marina).
*'''Embassy Suites - Deerfield Beach''', 950 Ocean Drive, ''954'' 426-0478, [http://esdeerfieldbeach.felcor.com].
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===4 star hotels===
 
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* '''Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center'''. 5150 Town Center Circle. 561-392-4600.[http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/PBIBR]. Contemporary hotel with upscale rooms including marble bathrooms. Located in a shopping plaza with Tap 42, Rocco's Tacos, Total Wine and Panera Bread. Across the street from Strikes bowling alley and a quick drive to the Boca Town Center Mall.
* '''Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel''', 2000 NW 19th St.,(561) 368-5252, [http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/pbirh].
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*'''Boca Raton Resort and Spa'''. 501 East Camino Real. 888-491-2622. [http://www.bocaresort.com/spa_palazzo/spa_palazzo.cfm] 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.
 
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*'''Hyatt Place Boca Raton/Downtown'''. 100 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-672-7819. [https://bocaratondowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html] Brand new hotel in the heart of downtown near Mizner Park, Sanborn Square and dining/shopping. Has a Louie Bossi restaurant and a popular happy hour.
* '''Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center''', 5150 Town Center Circle, (561) 392-4600,[http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/PBIBR].
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* '''Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel'''. 2000 NW 19th Street. 561-368-5252. [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbirh-renaissance-boca-raton-hotel/]. Located within 1 mile of Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Town Center Mall.
 
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===3 star hotels===
* '''TownePlace Suites Boca Raton''', 5110 NW 8th Avenue, (561) 994-7232.[http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/PBITS].
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*'''Best Western Plus University Inn'''. 2700 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-395-5225. [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/FL/Boca-Raton-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-University-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?iata=00171880&propertyCode=10096&cm_mmc=BL-_-Google-_-GMB-_-10096] Located on Federal Highway within 20 minute walking distance of Spanish River Beach as well as being across the street from local hotspot Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge.
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*'''Boca Inn'''. 1801 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-395-7500. [http://bocaratonbocainn.com/]Basic hotel, recently renovated, and hosts an indian restaurant. Closest hotel to Mizner Park/downtown, short drive to Spanish River Beach. Across the street from 5th Avenue Shoppes including Publix.
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* '''Boca Raton Bridge Hotel'''. 999 East Camino Real. 866-909-BOCA (2622). [http://www.bocaratonbridgehotel.com] 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.
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*'''Boca Raton Plaza Hotel & Suites'''. 2901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-750-9944. [http://www.bocaratonplaza.com/]Located on Federal Highway within 15 minute walking distance of Spanish River Beach as well as local hotspot Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge. Hosts a tiki bar near the pool and a bar called Our Place on-site.
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*'''Courtyard Boca Raton'''. 2000 NW Executive Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-241-7070. [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbibc-courtyard-boca-raton/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2] Within walking distance of Town Center Mall and plenty of restaurants including several steakhouses. Less than 5 minute drive to FAU.
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*'''Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton'''. 661 NW 53rd St, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 561-994-8200. [https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotels/boca-raton-florida?brand_id=RA] Part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road, this hotel is within walking distance of the Yamato Road Train Station.
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*'''Fairfield Inn & Suites Boca Raton'''. 3400 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-417-8585. [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbiap-fairfield-inn-and-suites-boca-raton/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2] The only hotel on Airport Road, a destination street with Cinemark theaters, Boomers family entertainment park and Tilted Kilt restaurant. Also in close proximity to the private Boca Raton airport.
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*'''Hampton Inn Boca Raton'''. 1455 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-988-0200. [http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-boca-raton-BCTFLHX/index.html] Hosts a tropical-style outdoor pool. Closest hotel to Digital Media Arts College. Within walking distance of the Spanish River Library and Pondhawk Nature Area.  
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* '''Hilton Suites Boca Raton'''. 7920 Glades Road. (561)-483-3600].[http://bocaratonsuites.hilton.com]. The Hilton Suites Boca Raton hotel, an all suite hotel, is among a six acre lakeside complex surrounded by shopping and dining.
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*'''Ramada Suites Boca Raton'''. 701 NW 53rd St, Boca Raton, FL 33457. 561-997-9500. [https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotels/boca-raton-florida?brand_id=RA] Part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road, this hotel is within walking distance of the Yamato Road Train Station.
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*<sleep name="Residence Inn Boca Raton " alt="" address="525 NW 77th Street  " directions="" phone="1-561-994-3222" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/pbibo-residence-inn-boca-raton/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The Residence Inn Boca Raton Hotel is located inside the Boca Commerce Office Park on the corner of Congress Avenue and I-95</sleep>
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*'''SpringHill Suites Boca Raton'''. 5130 NW 8th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 561-994-2107. [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbish-springhill-suites-boca-raton/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2] Modern all-suite hotel that's part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road within walking distance of the Yamato Road train station.
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* '''TownePlace Suites Boca Raton'''. 5110 NW 8th Avenue. 561-994-7232.[http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/PBITS]. Hosts fully-equiped suites with kitchens and buffet breakfasts. Part of a cluster of hotels within walking distance of Yamato Road train station.
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*'''Waterstone Resort and Marina Boca Raton - a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel'''. 999 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-368-9500. [http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/waterstone-resort-and-marina-boca-raton-a-doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-BCTECDT/index.html]One of three hotels in Boca Raton near the ocean, this hotel offers a lake-view seafood restaurant, a chic waterside bar/grill and a waterfront outdoor pool, among other things. Walking distance to South Inlet Park.
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*'''Wyndham Boca Raton'''. 1950 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-368-5200. [http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/florida/boca-raton/wyndham-boca-raton/hotel-overview?WID=LC:WY:20150901:Rio:Local] Within walking distance of the Town Center Mall, Strikes bowling and restaurants. Less than 5 minute drive to FAU.
  
* '''Hilton Suites Boca''', 7920 Glades Road, (561)-483-3600]..[http://bocaratonsuites.hilton.com]. 
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==Stay safe==
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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.  
  
The Hilton Suites Boca Raton hotel, an all suite hotel, is in the heart of beautiful Boca Raton, Florida among a six acre lakeside complex surrounded by shopping and dining.
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There are no neighborhoods to avoid.  
*<sleep name="Courtyard Boca Raton" alt="" address="2000 NW Executive Center Circle" directions="" phone="561-241-7070" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbibc-courtyard-boca-raton/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="26.368685" long="-80.122313"></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Residence Inn Boca Raton " alt="" address="525 NW 77th Street  " directions="" phone="1-561-994-3222" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/pbibo-residence-inn-boca-raton/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The Residence Inn Boca Raton Hotel is a top choice amongst hotels in Boca Raton, Florida. This Boca Raton, Florida hotel is conveniently located inside the Boca Commerce Office Park on the corner of Congress Avenue and I-95</sleep>
 
  
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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==
 
==Get out==
* [[Deerfield Beach]] is just to the south.
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===Heading north===
* [[Delray Beach]], just north of Boca Raton is a sleepy beachfront town with beautiful beaches and a hip inland downtown district with good restaurants.
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* [[Delray Beach]], the next city north of Boca Raton, is known for its hip downtown district leading to the beach and the Morikami Japanese Museum & Gardens.
* City Place [http://www.cityplace.com/] 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 [http://www.kravis.org/].
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* [[West Palm Beach]] is roughly 30 minutes north of Boca Raton and is known for City Place [http://www.cityplace.com/] a lively mixed-use lifestyle downtown area next to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts [http://www.kravis.org/] with restaurants, bars and a comedy club hosting national acts.
* [[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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* [[Deerfield Beach]], the next city south of Boca Raton, is known for Charm City Burgers, the Cove Restaurant & Lounge and a beachfront area with fishing pier, shops and restaurants.
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* [[Fort Lauderdale]] is a large city approximately 20-30 minutes south of Boca Raton known for its exciting downtown along Las Olas Blvd, the Museum of Discovery & Science, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and more.
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* [[Miami]] is a large city approximately 50 minutes south (but more like over an hour in traffic) known for sports events, South Beach, fine dining and diverse cultures.
  
 
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Boca Raton is a city of approximately 91,000 people [2] on the southeast coast of Florida between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The name is Spanish for "Mouse Mouth" (although frequently misinterpreted as "Rat's Mouth") which presumably comes from the shape of an inlet when the town was founded.

Understand[edit]

Boca, as it's known by locals, was first occupied by the Tequesta tribe of Native Americans until they were cleared out by the Spanish and British. Japanese farmers known as the Yamato Colony founded pineapple plantations in West Boca between 1904-1920s before a crop blight and other business issues caused them to return to Japan.

During the Florida land boom of the 1920s fanciful nouveau-riche architect Addison Mizner and others envisioned Boca Raton as a resort town and attracted investors by constructing the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn in 1926, later renamed the Boca Raton Resort & Club (which still exists today).

During World War II, the town became home to the Boca Raton Army Air Force Base and the Boca Raton Army Airfield, the latter of which would become Florida Atlantic University in 1964. In the 1950s two amusement parks, Africa USA and Ancient America, opened in Boca Raton, but neither would survive past the early 1960s and were ultimately redeveloped into residential complexes.

In the late 1960s computer giant IBM built a manufacturing and office complex which would later, amongst other accomplishments, become the birthplace of the IBM personal computer (PC). A few years later, Florida Atlantic University would introduce the nation's first degree in ocean engineering.

Mizner Park in downtown Boca Raton.

During the '80s and '90s Boca Raton really started focusing on building the downtown area and refining the "Boca brand." As an ode to his early contributions to the city, 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. Mizner Park opened in 1991 and is largely considered the "heart" of downtown Boca.

Today 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 a safe city with consistently warm weather boasting many terrific features that can be enjoyed on a variety of budgets.

Geography[edit]

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, 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 semi-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. 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).

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.

Talk[edit]

English is the predominant language spoken in Boca Raton. Other languages sometimes spoken in Boca Raton including Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese and Creole, but it would be difficult to navigate around Boca Raton without some knowledge of English.

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]

Yamato Road train station, Boca Raton.

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, although there are designated taxi spots at the station as well as Palm Tran bus routes 2[9] and 94 (weekdays only)[10] that service the station.

By bus[edit]

  • Palm Tran [11], 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 [12] 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 [13] - 251 SW 1st Avenue
  • Hertz [14] - 181 NW 13th St, 5150 Town Center Cir, and 3700 Airport Rd; (561) 392-9082
  • National [15] - 1300 NW 1st Ave, (888) 826-6890
  • Enterprise [16] - 19575 State Road 7 Ste 1, (561) 852-0031 and 108 NW 3rd St, (561) 750-9700

By bus[edit]

Palm Tran [17] 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]

Boca Raton hosts both concerts and theater productions throughout the year, most visibly at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown, as well as boasting two upscale movie theaters and an all-digital indie movie theater at FAU. For those looking to get outside, Boca has two nature centers - one each in East Boca and West Boca - that bring visitors up close and personal with the South Florida ecosystem.

Free attractions in this category include the children's museums and the nature centers. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is also free on certain dates or for certain visitors like children, see below for more information.

Concert and Live Show Venues[edit]

Mizner Amphitheater hosts concerts, movies and other special events.
  • 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. [18]
  • Mizner Park Amphitheater. 590 Plaza Real, (561) 750-1668, [19] Also known as Counte de Hoernle Amphitheater, this 4,000-patron amphitheater in East Boca is run by local philanthropists and presents over 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres as well as 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. [20]

Movie theaters[edit]

Most of the movie theaters are located in East Boca Raton. All ticket prices below do not include upcharge for 3D showings (typically ~$3).

East Boca

  • Cinemark Palace 20. 3200 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. The first "upscale" movie theater in Boca Raton and located right off I-95 on Airport Road. Shows all new movies including 3D, but no IMAX. The second floor is the Premier level including full bar and a restaurant. Ticket prices: Discount Tuesdays (non-3D) $6.21, Matinee $7, Adults $14, Children/Seniors $11 (on Mondays Seniors are $6.50).
  • 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 fancy club atmosphere with pre-selected seats, food service into the theater, and a Salt Lounge bar for drinks. "Premium plus" seats include reclining chairs, pillows, blanket and popcorn. Ticket prices: Premium $16, Premium Plus $28.
  • 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. (http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com/). Ticket prices: FAU Students/Faculty $6.50, Military $7, Matinee $8, Adults $9.50; Monday and Tuesday $5.

West Boca

  • Regal Shadowood 16. 9889 Glades Road. (561) 482-2296. Probably the cheapest adult ticket to the movies and serves primarily West Boca Raton, this theater recently upgraded to king sized recliner seats (which can be pre-selected) to compete with Cinemark and iPic. Ticket prices: Adult $12.60, Child/Senior $9.21.

Museums[edit]

Boca Raton Museum of Art entrance.
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art. Adjacent to the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in the Mizner Park complex in downtown Boca Raton. Some good items in the permanent collection and often hosts some fine traveling exhibits, including the art of video games and miniature golf courses designed by artists. [21] 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[edit]

  • 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.” [22]

Nature Centers[edit]

Saltwater tanks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
  • 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. Nature center across from 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 FAU 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"[23], Boca Raton campuses serve around 48,000 college students during the week, mostly concentrated in East Boca. Outside of the sporting events and special events like speakers or concerts, it not common for travelers to visit the campuses.

  • 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[24] 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)

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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. The City plays host to art activities and cooking classes, family entertainment centers and escape rooms, bowling, spas, guided boat tours, live sports and of course several great beaches, acclaimed golf courses and various watersports. Boca Raton does not have an Attractions Pass.

Free attractions in this category would include people-watching at Mizner Park, visiting the various public parks and attending the free city events like the Boca Bash, Meet Me On The Promenade and Holiday Boat Parade. Although not free, the beaches are inexpensive.

Indoor Fun[edit]

  • Art activities
    • Imagine That Creations. 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd # 3. (561) 206-6181. [25]. 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. [26] 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.
  • Cooking classes
    • Sur La Table. 438 Plaza Real, in Mizner Park. Various hands-on activities, including some for kids. Available every day, book online ahead of time [27]. Prices typically run $69-250 per person depending on the chef.
  • Escape Rooms
    • Master Escape Room. 1700 N Dixie Hwy #126, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 571-5381. [28] Three rooms: Egyptian Tomb, Crime Scene, Bank Robbery.
    • Adventure Vault. Suite A4, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 922-3881. [29] Two rooms: Death and Breakfast, Prison Redemption.
    • Try-n-Escape. Suite A2, 3350 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 409-4930. [30] One room now (Hang 'Em High), plans for three eventually.
    • QroomEscape. 4770 A NW 2nd Ave Boca Raton FL, 33431. (561) 571-2423. [31] 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[edit]

  • Boca Flyboard - 1100 Ocean Blvd. 561-405-8866. [32]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).
  • Force E-Dive. 2621 North Federal Hwy, Highway U. S. 1.(561) 368-0555. [33] Snorkeling charters, scuba certification, gear rental in East Boca.
  • Intracoastal Boat Tour. Small, private speed boat tours of up to 6 guests are available via Boca Boat Adventures for sightseeing or a guided tour of celebrity houses from the water. [34]
  • 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. [35]

Beaches[edit]

All beaches are open sunrise to sunset. All parking is paid for at master meters and costs $2/hour on weekdays or $3/hour on Saturday and Sunday. All meters have a 4 hour max timeframe except South Beach's Palmetto Park Pavillion which is a 1 hour max timeframe.[36]

  • Red Reef Park. [37]1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. A 67 Acre Oceanfront park including the 20 Acre Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center [38]. 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/pavilion area is the terminus for East Palmetto Park Road, meaning there are a line of shops leading up to this beach. You can park, dine, shop and then head to the beach.
  • South Inlet Park. 1100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432. 11 acres of beachfront park with picnic tables, pavilions and playgrounds but the real attraction here is the jetty. Visitors and residents often fish from the jetty or simply watch boats enter the Intracostal from the ocean via the Boca Raton Inlet.
  • Spanish River Beach. A popular beach 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. Be aware that a section of this park is open as a "dog beach" with unleashed dogs on Fri-Sun from 7am-9am and 3pm-sunset between lifeguard towers 18 and 20, which encompasses the area from Spanish River/A1A and south for two lifeguard towers.
FAU Stadium.

Live Sports[edit]

  • The Burrow. 777 Glades Road. [39] Florida Atlantic University's on-campus basketball arena 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. Students tailgate north of the stadium at the "Rat's Mouth".
  • Florida Launch. Palm Beach County's only men's professional lacrosse team plays their home games at FAU Stadium during the season, which runs from April to August. [40]
  • The Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex. 18000 Jog Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33496. 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.

Public Golf Courses[edit]

  • 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)

Public Parks[edit]

  • Countess de Hoernle Park. 1000 Spanish River Blvd. (561) 393-7810. Boca's newest 84.8 acre park, located across from the Spanish River Library, offers soccer and baseball fields, picnic areas, playground and a jogging loop around the lake that connects the park (under the bridge) to the Spanish River Library and Pondhawk Nature Preserve.
  • 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. 11200 Park Access Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33498. 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 Sand Park. [41]. 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486. A great place to take the kids due to an enormous fort/jungle gym, carousel, ball parks, etc. Open 8AM-11PM every day except Sunday, when it is open 8AM-8PM.
  • Tim Huxhold Skate Park. 400 Crawford Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33432. An all-cement skate park, mostly used by teens, and shuffleboard courts. [42]

City Events/Traditions[edit]

February

  • 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.

April

  • Boca Bash. [44] Spring Break-style event with thousands of people on Lake Boca. Locals bring all their boats/paddleboards/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 on the last Sunday in April every year, though that could change if there's bad weather.
  • Buffalo Bash. [45] 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.

October

  • 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. [46] 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).

November

  • Food & Wine Festival. [47] Celebrated in November at Florida Atlantic University. Dancing Under the stars, Vineyard Party, Grand Tasting and Craft Brew Bottles. Tickets range from $59-267.

December

  • Boca Raton Bowl. [48] 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).
  • 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.

Seasonal Attractions[edit]

  • 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. [49] See the website for days open, since it changes every year, but typically March-September. Adults $10.60, Child (ages 3-11) $8.60, Toddler (ages 1-2) $4.60, Infant (under 1 year) are free. After 3 pm, the prices are reduced by $2.
  • 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.

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Boca Raton Town Center Mall.
  • Boca Town Center Mall [50]. 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. "Town Center" is the well-known upscale 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. The food court was recently renovated and contains a mixture of the usual mall fare mixed with local chains like El Jefe Luchador and Sliderz.
  • Mizner Park [51] 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. An upscale, 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 [52] 101 Plaza Real S, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Mixed-use development in the south end of downtown Boca. Featuring international restaurants, salons & spas, shopping, specialties & services, Class A Office Space and 185 luxury rental residences.
  • Regency Court. Woodfield Plaza, 3013 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434. Offers an array of restaurants and shops. [53]
  • University Commons Plaza - 1400 Glades Road Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. This popular upscale strip plaza just off I-95 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.

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Boca may have a deserved "ritzy" reputation but good food can be found for a variety of budgets. The vegetarian Boca Burger originated in Boca Raton but it is not offered in many restaurants. Visitors to South Florida in general tend to gravitate towards Florida orange juice, saltwater taffy, key lime pie, alligator bites and local seafood offerings like fresh mahi-mahi sandwiches. Even if that doesn't interest you, 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/Florida chains will be included here.

Grocery Stores[edit]

  • Joseph's Classic Market. 5250 Town Center Circle. (561) 347-2314. [54]. Family-owned gourmet Italian market with a Brooklyn influence.
  • Publix. Multiple locations. Florida's most popular supermarket chain, known for Buy One Get One deals and line of their own products (chicken tenders, brownies, sweet tea, rotisserie chicken, etc). Most Floridians will recommend you get a Publix sub ("pub sub", or hoagie sandwich) while you're here.

Breakfast/Brunch[edit]

This list focuses on restaurants who specialize in breakfast/brunch and typically close by mid-afternoon.

  • Boca Beach House. 887 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 826-8850. Serves American breakfast/lunch menu including crabmeat omelettes, nutella pancakes, and tasty homefries. Walking distance to South Beach Park. Open Tues - Fri 8am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm, closed Mondays.
  • Flakowitz Bagel Inn. 1999 N Federal Hwy. (561) 368-0666. This unassuming breakfast and Jewish deli spot serves up New York-style dishes. Will often see locals grab egg sandwiches, bagels and coffee quickly at the walk-up window before work. Open every day 7AM–3PM.
  • The Tin Muffin Cafe. 364 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 392-9446. Small, quaint breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Boca serving sandwiches, quiches, soups, muffins and desserts. Open Mon-Sat 11am-4pm, closed Sunday.
  • Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry Shop. 1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (561) 368-4634. This hidden gem feels like a country cabin inside and serves generous portions of comfort food like breakfast in a pot, croissant french toast and eggs benedict. Open every day 7am-2pm.

Budget[edit]

This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $10
Mid-range $10 - $25
Splurge Over $25
  • Cannoli Kitchen, 2001 N Federal Hwy. (561) 338-2929. [55]. Pizzas (whole or by the slice), pastas, and other Italian dishes in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take-out; limited seating.
  • LaSpada's Hoagies. 2240 NW 19th St. (561) 393-1434. Locally-famous chain with huge hoagie sandwiches packed with meat, often tossed across from slicer to maker in a bit of showmanship.
  • Lindburgers. 9834 Glades Road. (561) 218-5557, delivery: (561) 488-9665. [56]. Serves over 50 versions of their old-fashioned 7-ounce sirloin burgers fried in a cast-iron pan.
  • Munchiez. 158 NW 20th St. (561) 395-0833. [57] Based off a popular food truck of the same name, this FAU hotspot serves "marijuana-themed" sandwiches/burgers/hot dogs with names like Wake & Bacon, Stoner Mac & Cheese, Cheech & Chong and Pineapple Express.
  • Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant. 1229 West Palmetto Park Road. (561) 392-8985. [58]. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain with large pizza slices.
  • TooJay's Gourmet Deli. 2240 NW 19th St #700. (561) 392-4181. [59] Old style New York type deli, good quality, generous servings. Original location in Palm Beach; now a small chain around south and central Florida.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Augy's Restaurant & Pizzeria. 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd. (561) 368-1330. East Boca restaurant serving stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, and snapper provencal made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce.
  • Bullfish Raw Bar & Grill. 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; Suite 64. (561) 392-5040.[60] Casual restaurant in the Garden Shoppes of Boca Raton. Hosts a full bar & lounge and outdoor patio. Delivery available.
  • Farmer's Table 1901 N Military Trail. (561) 417-5836. Cozy "garden-friendly" American restaurant that focuses on organic, health-conscious food on a diverse menu.
  • HotDog Opolis. 6020 N Federal Hwy; second location 8177 Glades Rd. Real Chicago-style hotdogs, sausages, burgers, italian beef, chili. Also does New York style dogs and hotdogs from lamb, rabbit, boar, etc.
  • Kanpai. 41 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 361-8688. Hip new yakiniku sushi bar in downtown Boca Raton. Korean-influenced Japanese menu. Also has food on small boat that come by on a conveyor belt, take off what you like. Also traditional menu, large bar.
  • Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. 20642 St Rd 7. (561) 488-9870. Fast casual Mexican chain from Miami, here in West Boca, known for their queso dip and lime-infused dishes.
  • Mississippi Sweets, 2399 N. Federal Hwy., just north of 20th Street on US 1. Reasonably-priced BBQ joint with genuine Southern-style cooking. The namesake Mississippi Sweets are thinly-sliced sweet potatoes that are fried like potato chips.
  • Patio Tapas & Beer. 205 SE 1st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 419-7239. [61] New Spanish-style tapas/small plates restaurant downtown. Chicken croquets, pork belly, yogurt dip with sweet potato chips, etc. Highly recommended!
  • The Rebel House. 297 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 353-5888. American comfort food in a quirky hipster atmosphere in downtown Boca.
  • Shanghai City. 7860 Glades Rd Ste 105. (561) 482-1291. Chinese restaurant with classic Pekingese specialties elegantly prepared and flavorful such as Peking Duck, lamb in garlic sauce, and honey-roasted ribs.
  • Steve's Wood Fired Pizza. 9180 Glades Rd. (561) 483-5665. Authentic Italian neighborhood pizzeria with more than 50 types of freshly-prepared wood fired brick oven pizza plus salads, pasta entrees, wraps and desserts. One pizza is enough for one hungry adult.
  • Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine. 2240 NW 19th St #1201. (561) 347-0008. Specializes in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Thai menu includes duck curry, seafood curry, fried fish with sauce, Pad Thai, stir fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, and various meats.
  • The Sybarite Pig. 20642 State Rd 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498. (561) 883-3200. Gastropub in West Boca with burgers and craft beers.
  • Tijuana Flats. Palms Plaza At Boca Del Mar, 22191 Powerline Rd. (561) 465-2723. Fast casual tex-mex chain from Orlando, FL known for its comic book style artwork on the walls, extensive hot sauce bar and cookie dough flautas.
  • True. 147 SE 1st Ave. (561) 417-5100. Family-owned American "beer and crab cakes" restaurant and bar known for its Maryland crab cakes, red crab soup, shrimp, briskets, and mac & cheese.
  • 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]

  • 13 American Table. 451 E Palmetto Park Rd. (561) 409-2061. Fancy downtown restaurant open for dinner (5pm-10pm) serving items like seasonal fish, grilled pork chop or octopus, roasted half chicken, pork belly tacos and crispy fingerling potatoes. Reservation recommended.
  • 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. (561) 395-2675. Consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 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.404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. (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 when bands perform nearby at the Mizner Amphitheater.
  • Tanzy. 301 Plaza Real. (561) 922-6699. This "date night" restaurant is attached to the upscale iPic theater in Mizner Park and known for its ambiance. American-Italian menu includes parma, mozza, salads, sandwiches and pastas.
  • Uncle Tai's. 5250 Town Center Circle. (561) 368-8806, delivery:(877) 632-5487. Uncle Tai's has Authentic Hunan style Chinese food, not Thai. Monthly cooking classes (with advanced reservations) are taught by the restaurants head chef James Tai. [62]

International[edit]

  • Casa Do Pao. 22829 N State Rd 7. (561) 852-8390. Brazillian food in West Boca. Coxinha, sandwiches, coffee, cakes, pastries, etc.
  • Crepe Cafe. 504 Via De Palmas. (561) 757-3504. French restaurant in downtown Boca. Breakfast, entree and dessert crepes, as well as coffee and salad.
  • Gluttonous Goat. 99 SE Mizner Blvd #114, Plaza Real South. (561) 923-9457. Chef-owned Caribbean-American gastropub in downtown Boca Raton serving dishes like fried mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits and duck tacos.
  • Lemongrass Hot Pot. 21073 Powerline Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33433. (561) 609-2200. Taiwanese restaurant where you choose your soup/broth base which heats at the table, then you add meats and seafood to cook there.
  • Padrino's Cuban Cuisine. 20455 State Rd 7. (561) 451-1070. Cuban food with lunch buffet in West Boca.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sapphire Indian Cuisine. 500 Via De Palmas Suite 79. (561) 362-2299. Upscale Indian cuisine including tandoor, seafood, poultry, lamb, vegetable dishes.
  • Taverna Kyma. 6298 N Federal Hwy. (561) 994-2828. Greek fare in a casual atmosphere.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Boca Raton has a low-key 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
    • Dubliner Irish Bar. 435 Plaza Real. 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. [63]
    • Wishing Well Irish Pub. 111 SE Mizner Blvd. (561) 750-5208. Laid-back American-Irish pub somewhat hidden away from the usual spots on the east side of downtown. Features local live music.
  • Gastropubs
    • Beer Trade Co. 2151 N Federal Hwy.(561) 362-0447. Boca's newest bar, you pull beers from the fridge and pay based on the honor system. Eclectic menu includes pulled pork sliders, crab & mac (&cheese) hot dogs, various grilled cheeses and alcoholic root beer floats.
    • Biergarten. 309 Via De Palmas #90. 561-395-7462. A German-American themed bar and restaurant in downtown Boca serving beers and steins to complement foods like potato pancakes, bratwurst tacos and different kinds of schnitzel as well as live music. [64]
    • Brewzzi Boca Raton. 2222 Glades Rd. (561) 392-2739. [65]An Italian American Bistro and Microbrewery in central Boca, just west of I-95. Won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Fest 2000-2003. More gastropub than a brewery setting.
  • Sports Bars
    • Bullfish Sports Bar. 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd, Suite F. (561) 482-0052, Delivery (561) 488-9665, [66]Formally known as Packy's of Boca Raton, considers itself a family-friendly bar that welcomes all NY Jets and NY Giants fans as well as other sports enthusiasts.
    • The Lion & Eagle Pub. 2401 N Federal Hwy. (561) 447-7707. This small English pub serves all the traditional dishes of bangers&mash, fish&chips, scotch eggs&sausages, and is arguably the popular gathering spot to watch futbol (soccer) games in Boca.
  • Regular Bars
    • Blue Martini. 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to its eponymous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Especially popular for networking among young professionals.
    • Holloway's Pub. 504 Via de Palmas. (561) 361-8445. Anyone thinking that Boca Raton is pretentious hasn't been to Holloway's Pub south of Palmetto Park Rd in the Royal Palm Place shopping center in East Boca Raton. Very laid-back, friendly atmosphere.
    • Nakava Kava Bar. 140 Northwest 20th Street. (561) 395-9888. Authentic kava bar with South Pacific theme and indoor tiki hut near Florida Atlantic University. Recently underwent a renovation. [67]
  • College Bars
    • The Black Rose Irish Pub. 234 South Federal HWY. (561) 392-3808. Downtown Irish bar with a spacious courtyard and outdoor projector. Indoors one can often find live music and an alumni-age crowd.
    • The Irishmen. 1745 NW Boca Raton Boulevard.(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. [68]
    • O'Brians Irish Pub. 51 SE 1st Ave. (561) 338-7565. Downtown bar often packed with younger college students on Friday nights.
    • Rock'n Angels. 7200 N Dixie Hwy.(561) 372-6314.[69] 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. [70] Specializes in Belgian ales.
    • The Funky Buddah Lounge and Brewery. 2621 N Federal Hwy. (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. [71]
    • Prosperity Brewers. 4160 NW 1st Ave #20. Nanobrewery in East Boca. [72]
  • Clubs
    • Boca Black Box. 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10. (561) 483-9036. [73] 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.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most of the hotels are clustered around the Interstate 95 exits at Yamato Road and Glades Road, along Federal Highway close to the beach, or encircling the Intracostal off East Camino Real close to the Boca Raton Inlet. As part of the city's ongoing efforts to maintain its natural resources and green space, Boca Raton forbids new commercial development along its beaches and therefore has few hotels on the beach itself. However, there are a number of options depending on whether you want to be close to the ocean, downtown, colleges/universities or the Yamato Road train station. Currently the only hotel in the heart of the downtown area is the new Hyatt Place although a planned 5 star Mandarin Oriental hotel is expected to open in the future on the south end of downtown.

5 star hotels[edit]

  • Boca Beach Club. 900 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-447-3000. [74] A Waldorf Astoria hotel sharing amenities with Boca Raton Resort including 2 golf courses, tennis courts, jet-skiing, fitness classes and a 50,000 sq ft spa. Also the closest hotel to the actual ocean and only one of three hotels in Boca Raton with ocean views (the other two being the Boca Raton Resort & Spa and the Waterstone Resort & Marina).

4 star hotels[edit]

  • Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center. 5150 Town Center Circle. 561-392-4600.[75]. Contemporary hotel with upscale rooms including marble bathrooms. Located in a shopping plaza with Tap 42, Rocco's Tacos, Total Wine and Panera Bread. Across the street from Strikes bowling alley and a quick drive to the Boca Town Center Mall.
  • Boca Raton Resort and Spa. 501 East Camino Real. 888-491-2622. [76] 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.
  • Hyatt Place Boca Raton/Downtown. 100 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-672-7819. [77] Brand new hotel in the heart of downtown near Mizner Park, Sanborn Square and dining/shopping. Has a Louie Bossi restaurant and a popular happy hour.
  • Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel. 2000 NW 19th Street. 561-368-5252. [78]. Located within 1 mile of Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Town Center Mall.

3 star hotels[edit]

  • Best Western Plus University Inn. 2700 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-395-5225. [79] Located on Federal Highway within 20 minute walking distance of Spanish River Beach as well as being across the street from local hotspot Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge.
  • Boca Inn. 1801 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-395-7500. [80]Basic hotel, recently renovated, and hosts an indian restaurant. Closest hotel to Mizner Park/downtown, short drive to Spanish River Beach. Across the street from 5th Avenue Shoppes including Publix.
  • Boca Raton Bridge Hotel. 999 East Camino Real. 866-909-BOCA (2622). [81] 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 Plaza Hotel & Suites. 2901 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-750-9944. [82]Located on Federal Highway within 15 minute walking distance of Spanish River Beach as well as local hotspot Funky Buddha Brewery and Lounge. Hosts a tiki bar near the pool and a bar called Our Place on-site.
  • Courtyard Boca Raton. 2000 NW Executive Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-241-7070. [83] Within walking distance of Town Center Mall and plenty of restaurants including several steakhouses. Less than 5 minute drive to FAU.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton. 661 NW 53rd St, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 561-994-8200. [84] Part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road, this hotel is within walking distance of the Yamato Road Train Station.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Boca Raton. 3400 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-417-8585. [85] The only hotel on Airport Road, a destination street with Cinemark theaters, Boomers family entertainment park and Tilted Kilt restaurant. Also in close proximity to the private Boca Raton airport.
  • Hampton Inn Boca Raton. 1455 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-988-0200. [86] Hosts a tropical-style outdoor pool. Closest hotel to Digital Media Arts College. Within walking distance of the Spanish River Library and Pondhawk Nature Area.
  • Hilton Suites Boca Raton. 7920 Glades Road. (561)-483-3600].[87]. The Hilton Suites Boca Raton hotel, an all suite hotel, is among a six acre lakeside complex surrounded by shopping and dining.
  • Ramada Suites Boca Raton. 701 NW 53rd St, Boca Raton, FL 33457. 561-997-9500. [88] Part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road, this hotel is within walking distance of the Yamato Road Train Station.
  • Residence Inn Boca Raton, 525 NW 77th Street, 1-561-994-3222, [1]. The Residence Inn Boca Raton Hotel is located inside the Boca Commerce Office Park on the corner of Congress Avenue and I-95  edit
  • SpringHill Suites Boca Raton. 5130 NW 8th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 561-994-2107. [89] Modern all-suite hotel that's part of a cluster of hotels off Yamato Road within walking distance of the Yamato Road train station.
  • TownePlace Suites Boca Raton. 5110 NW 8th Avenue. 561-994-7232.[90]. Hosts fully-equiped suites with kitchens and buffet breakfasts. Part of a cluster of hotels within walking distance of Yamato Road train station.
  • Waterstone Resort and Marina Boca Raton - a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. 999 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-368-9500. [91]One of three hotels in Boca Raton near the ocean, this hotel offers a lake-view seafood restaurant, a chic waterside bar/grill and a waterfront outdoor pool, among other things. Walking distance to South Inlet Park.
  • Wyndham Boca Raton. 1950 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431. 561-368-5200. [92] Within walking distance of the Town Center Mall, Strikes bowling and restaurants. Less than 5 minute drive to FAU.

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]

Heading north[edit]

  • Delray Beach, the next city north of Boca Raton, is known for its hip downtown district leading to the beach and the Morikami Japanese Museum & Gardens.
  • West Palm Beach is roughly 30 minutes north of Boca Raton and is known for City Place [93] a lively mixed-use lifestyle downtown area next to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts [94] with restaurants, bars and a comedy club hosting national acts.

Heading south[edit]

  • Deerfield Beach, the next city south of Boca Raton, is known for Charm City Burgers, the Cove Restaurant & Lounge and a beachfront area with fishing pier, shops and restaurants.
  • Fort Lauderdale is a large city approximately 20-30 minutes south of Boca Raton known for its exciting downtown along Las Olas Blvd, the Museum of Discovery & Science, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and more.
  • Miami is a large city approximately 50 minutes south (but more like over an hour in traffic) known for sports events, South Beach, fine dining and diverse cultures.


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