Boca and the Beach

After a crazy week of entertaining and traveling, I decided to stay a bit more local and go 20 minutes up the road to Boca Raton. I used to live in Boca for a short time, and since I was so close to the beach, I used to take a walk on it almost every morning before work. I still get up to Boca beach every once in a while, as it has become one of my old stomping grounds from years ago.

Boca Raton BeachI proceeded to take a nice long walk south along the beach til I reached the Boca Raton Inlet. After watching a few boats go by, I went back up north along the beach til I got to the north end of Red Reef Park. Since I’ve only been to this park a couple times, I was pleasantly surprised by and thoroughly enjoyed the nice long trail and boardwalk that bordered the beach, which afforded several great pictures.

I then got the bike out of the car, and went biking along the paved trail that runs along A1A. I used to also spend much time on this trail while I lived here, but usually went rollerblading more often than biking. As I biked along the trail, I spent some time at Spanish River Park, where I’ve attended several picnics. I then biked down to the inlet for some more photo opportunities.

Gumbo Limbo Nature CenterI next spent some quality outdoor time at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. They have several saltwater tanks featuring sharks, sea turtles and rays, along with other marine life. A fun (and shaded) boardwalk winds through a coastal hammock, with a 39-foot observation tower as a great stopping point to check out the view from above. One of my favorite places to go in Boca, it’s always a treat stopping by here and hiking along the boardwalk. And don’t tell anyone I told you this, but if go on it with rollerblades, it’s like riding on a wooden rollercoaster. All the ups and downs and zig zags make for a great time…until you run into someone. Hopefully not a park ranger, though, cause they’ll kick you out!

I ended my fun day in Boca at James A. Rutherford Park, a small and quaint park tucked away along the intracoastal waterway.  Another one of my favorite haunts, I walked along the mangrove-lined boardwalk as I looked across the waterway to the nature center I was just at.

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James A. Rutherford Park

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