Boca Raton businessman Lee S. Rosen has only beautiful things to say about Boca Raton — and rightly so. This Southeastern Florida city is a treasure trove of beaches, golf courses, and parks. That’s not to mention its rich cultural climate, active entertainment scene, and a multitude of shopping and vacation destinations.
“Boca Raton is not a city with plenty of parks; it’s a city WITHIN a park,” jokes Lee Rosen, a long time entrepreneur in and out of South Florida. The city has a whopping 46 parks, each with its own amenities, including playgrounds, pools, basketball courts, soccer fields, you name it. If you are looking for free Zumba classes or yoga and tai-chi sessions, Boca (as the locals fondly call it) has it.
Here are five fun things you can do when in Boca Raton, Florida.
1. Enjoy the sunset at South Inlet Park Beach.
This location features both manmade and natural reefs that will look stunning for snorkelers. Aside from water activities, you can also do fishing and cycling on site. If you just want to relax and bask in the sun, you can certainly do so — even with small kids around. This place sees a lot of families having picnics, and there are plenty of lifeguards on duty to help keep everyone safe.
2. Be a kid again at Sugar Sand Park.
“This is a favorite because it never gets old,” muses Lee Rosen. Sugar Sand Park sits on a 53-hectare land with an outdoor science-themed water playground, basketball courts, six baseball fields, an inline hockey court, a carousel, and dozens of picnic tables all around. In addition, it holds the Children’s Science Explorium, the Field House, and the Willow Theater. Visitors of all ages will definitely enjoy hanging out here and devoting full day wouldn’t be enough.
3. Shop ’til you drop at Mizner Park.
Known as Boca Raton’s “lifestyle hub,” Mizner Park is where the serious shoppers go. The place sits on a vast property that also features top-rated restaurants and mini-attractions to delight mostly he younger crowd. It is also home to the Count de Hoernele Amphitheater and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
4. Luxe tripping at the Town Center.
This is the city’s more upscale shopping destination and is pretty popular being the largest enclosed shopping mall in Palm Beach County. It houses more than 200 shops, including Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Town Center is the second largest mall in South Florida (in terms of area).
5. Getting closer to the environment at Red Reef Park Beach.
Being in Boca Raton, one can never really run out of beach destinations to enjoy, Red Reef certainly stands out as one the most popular destinations both for tourists and locals. This park is home to the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, which has an indoor musuem, a number of aquariums featuring ocean wildlife, and a gift shop. It also has a boardwalk trail for the adventure seekers, which lets you explore the nearby woody section that houses a lovely garden and an observation tower.
“Boca Raton is a nice destination for solo travelers, couples, and even families, with kids,” adds Miami businessman Lee Rosen. “You can never really think too much about going to this city because there’s always something for everybody. Just can just go to Boca on a whim and you’ll still find something entertaining.”