Boca Raton is an increasingly popular retirement destination in Florida, due to its beautiful beaches, palm trees, and tropical climate. Many seniors are choosing to live out their retirement years kicking back and enjoying this incredible stretch of Florida’s Palm Beaches.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite attractions for seniors living in Boca Raton. These are all excellent day trips that you can make with friends, or a caregiver if you have limited mobility. It’s important to stay active and engage in a variety of activities as one gets older. Active seniors have better physical and mental health overall, and for seniors living at home, it’s important to spend some time out of the house to avoid getting cabin fever.
Here’s our list of the best things to do in Boca Raton:
Chances are if you live in Boca Raton, you are already aware of Mizner Park. It is highly regarded as one of the best attractions in the city, and functions as a meeting place for all kinds of people living in Boca Raton. It’s perfect for an afternoon of walking around, shopping, and if you plan right you could even see a free concert in the open-air auditorium.
With plenty of parking, and a wide variety of shops, attractions, and beautiful scenery, Mizner Park is an excellent way to spend a day out on the town.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is Boca Raton’s most popular wildlife attraction. If you’re an animal lover, this is simply a must-see. Located near Red Reef Park, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center offers visitors a close up look at wildlife native to the region.
Visitors can check out feeding time at the aquarium, see Florida Atlantic University’s sea turtle research and rehabilitation lab, and observe the natural ecosystem from the park’s extensive boardwalk system. For more active visitors, they even offer kayak tours through the mangroves.
For seniors we recommend visiting in during the fall and winter, since most of the attractions are outside, and much more enjoyable when it’s not incredibly hot and humid. With free parking and free admission, there’s no excuse not to check out the adorable sea turtles and other creatures that make up Florida’s unique ecosystem.
The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
For fans of live theater, it doesn’t get much better than The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum. Started in 2013 by Marilynn A. Wick as a way to show off her extensive collection of Broadway costumes, this museum has grown to house a local theater company that puts on regular performances, as well as a full restaurant that pays homage to New York City’s famous Tavern on the Green.
Call ahead to make reservations for a tour through the fabulous costume museum, grab drinks or dinner at the Tavern Room restaurant, and see a local theater performance all in the same visit! It’s a theater fan’s dream! Tours begin at 11 AM daily, and for $48 a person, you’ll get a tour of the museum and a three-course lunch at the Tavern Room. There are many tour packages to choose from, including a cocktail tour, and a show and dinner package. You can also go just for a performance if you’re not interested in taking the whole tour.
This is definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in theater whatsoever, and the food is excellent. The Wick Museum is a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Located in Mizner Park, the Boca Raton Museum of Art tops the list of things to do for art lovers living in Boca Raton. Featuring more than 4,500 works, the permanent collections include: African and Pre-Colombian art, 19th and 20th century European and American paintings, drawings and sculptures, and a stunning photography collection that has been described as “first-class” by recent visitors.
The Boca Raton Museum of Art is a fantastic attraction to check out during the hot summer months to get a break from the brutal Florida heat. It’s also recommended to time your visit for the first Sunday of the month when the museum offers free admission. Usually it is $12 for an adult ticket.
These are our top 4 attractions for seniors in Boca Raton, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many other attractions out there to check out. Take the time to get out and explore the wonderful sights and sounds of Boca Raton. If you’re a senior living at home that has trouble getting out on your own, call a local in-home care service, like Seniors Helping Seniors Boca Raton, to discuss hiring a caregiver that can take you out on day trips or help with other aspects of living independently. If you’re living in an assisted living facility or community, talk to your nurse or community programming leader to ask about taking an outing to any of these attractions for you and your fellow community members. However you do it, get out there and see the sights! You won’t be sorry.