Boca Raton is known for its luxury shops, perfectly manicured landscapes, amazing restaurants and beautiful golden beaches. I’m lucky to call this family-friendly city home. There’s many fun things to do in Boca Raton with kids – explore outside, cool off ice skating, even pet a kangaroo!
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Boomers Arcade & Action Park
More than an arcade, Booms Boca Raton is filled with Fun! Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Go Karts, Batting Cages, Bumper Boats, and even Bumper Cars. Our kids love it here but come prepared to spend money, it adds up quick.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
One of the best “free” things to do in Boca Raton with kids! Gumbo Limbo rehabilitates hurt or sick sea turtles with an impressive rehab facility. They also have a few large aquariums where you can see lots of local tropical fish and daily feedings at 12:30. Take a stroll on the wooden boardwalk throughout the 20-acre coastal preserve that takes you out to the intercoastal where you can see boats pass by. Or take a stroll through the butterfly garden – keep an eye out for the large banana spiders!
Need a place to cool off from the hot Boca Raton heat? Boca Ice & Fine Arts Center offers ice skating, ice bumper cars, hockey, figuring skating and even an Alpine Ski Machine where you can ski and snowboard on. Boca Ice just opened in 2023 and is at the top of our list for things to do in Boca Raton with kids!
Patch Reef Park
One of our favorite parks – the Pirates Cove Playground has a pirate ship, rocks and cargo nets to climb and even a water island splash area with cannon to spray! Patch Reef Park has 6 pickleball and 15 tennis courts, plus athletic facilities consist of 3 soccer/lacrosse fields, 3 baseball fields, and 3 outdoor basketball courts. Another great free things to do in Boca Raton with kids!
Boca Raton Bowling
Need things to do inside on a rainy or very hot summer day? Boca Raton has 2 bowling alleys:
- Bowlero – located in central boca with 64 bowling lanes and an arcade.
- Strike 10 – located in Mizner Park with standard bowling lanes and mini bowling (duck pins) and even pool tables.
A15,000 square foot indoor playground that can keep your kids busy for hours. They have a ninja course, a 3-level play structure, slides, foam ball fountains, rope course and even a rock climbing wall. There’s also a separate toddler section for little ones.
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Sugar Sands Park
Sugar sands wins best park in Boca Raton by a mile. The massive playground is on a cushioned ground and has a splash pad in the center of it. There’s also a large carousel you can purchase tokens to ride.
Children’s Science Exploratorium
Inside Sugar Sands Park is the indoor Children’s Science Exploratorium which is a hands-on science center with interactive exhibits. Outdoors, there’s more nature trails and a butterfly garden. Kids love to fill up water cans and water the plants outdoors.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Get outside and stroll(or skip) through the beautiful gardens that feel like your transported to Japan while kids also burn off some energy. The 16 acre garden is filled with bamboo trees, waterfalls, and a world-class bonsai collection. There’s lakes filled with koi fish, turtles and even a few baby alligators.
A place where kids can have fun but adults love. Mizner park offers amazing restaurants, great shopping, bowling and even movie theater. In the center of this outdoor luxury landmark is a large park with fountains, pergolas, a giant chess board, and a tiny mini golf section.
Looking for a you-pick strawberry farm near me? How about one that makes pizza, homemade ice cream, and has a petting zoo! This place has it all; and I’m not talking about just horses, goats, and bunnies. Yes, they have that as well, but they also have donkeys, exotic birds, pigs, turtles, snakes, lemurs, and even a hedge hog.
Beach at Spanish River Park
This is our go to beach and its the largest out of all Boca Raton beaches – 95 acres in size. Spanish River Park has almost a mile of beach front access but also offers intracoastal access for fishing and paddle boarding, sand volleyball courts, 120 picnic tables, 116 BBQ grills, and 10 covered pavilions. The playground is large with a zipline kids love.
More Fun Nearby
There’s many fun things to do in Boca Raton with kids but even more nearby! Here’s a list of more kid friendly activities near Boca Raton.
Fun 36 hole mini golf course in downtown Delray Beach. Choose from 2 different 18 hole courses – The Everglades course is perfect for beginners and The Ocean is a little more challenging. They deliver drinks and food right to the hole your playing on, no need to wait or leave the green!
1-Hour Interactive Pirate Cruise
Take an interactive pirate cruise that sails on Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway – see mansions & yachts. The crew shares tips on how to talk and dress like a pirate, find hidden treasure, and fend off rival pirate attacks. Face painting, temporary tattoos, and onboard water cannons add to the fun. Your kiddos receive a bag of loot and a pirate certificate to take home.
Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter
This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience Florida’s subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. After the ride, get access to the park’s Alligator and Reptile Exhibit. (Weston, FL)
Palm Beach Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo is a great place to visit and explore if you live in South Florida or are visiting. With over 500 animals situated in lush tropical surroundings, it offers unique animal experiences and even a water splash pad.
Looking for a place to be in nature and see lots of butterflies? I mean A LOT of butterflies – over 20,000 exotic butterflies and 6 aviaries with hundreds of birds. You can hand feed small parrots called Lorikeet and walk through a creepy live bug zoo. In their gift shop you can purchase butterfly plants and even butterfly cocoons to hatch at home. (Coconut Creek, FL)
Xtreme Action Park
If you like Boomers in Boca, you’ll love Extreme Action Park! It’s the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida, which is over 200,000 square feet offering many attractions including Go Kart Racing, Bowling Lanes, Arcade Game Room, a Ropes Course Adventure, a Trampoline Park, Roller Skating Rink, Escape Rooms, Laser Tag, and Virtual Reality Games. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Coconut Cove Waterpark
On hot days, cool off at the Coconut Cove Waterpark. A fun outdoor attraction featuring two 4-story waterslides, an 986-foot lazy river, an interactive water playground and more. (Coconut Creek, FL)
Bender’s Farm is a must visit in the fall as it’s the closet experience you’ll find to a northern pumpkin patch – pick your own sunflowers and get lost in the corn maze. Throughout the year they offer u-pick vegetables and the main reason my kids want to come is to see all the animals! Pet and feed goats, donkeys, cows, and llamas. Get up close, see kangaroos, skunk, otters, birds, lemurs, and sloths
Pay by the hour and play as much as you’d like! Silverball Museum is filled with games – Pinball, Arcade, Original Coney Island Skeeball, Shuffleboard and more! Located right off Delray’s Atlantic Ave, its a great place to visit after lunch or dinner.
Where to Stay in Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Florida is family-friendly, making it the perfect vacation destination for families. If you’re looking for a hotel or resort where you and your family can stay while in Boca Raton, here are some recommendations:
- Boca Raton Resort & Club: Now know as “The Boca Raton”, this luxurious resort is situated on 356 acres of tropical gardens and features a private beach, 7 pools, tennis courts, and a golf course. The Boca resort also has 5 restaurants, a spa, and a kids’ club, making it perfect for families.
- Hyatt Place Boca Raton: This modern hotel is located in the heart of downtown Boca Raton and is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and museums. The hotel features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a restaurant. Spacious guest rooms include mini-fridges, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Be sure to eat at Louie Bossi.
- Marriott Boca Raton: This hotel is located near the Florida Atlantic University campus and offers easy access to attractions like Mizner Park and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The property includes a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant. Guest rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs.