Monday, May 27, 2013

Boca Raton Area Parks & Nature Center

By Jony Mozen

Daggerwing Nature Center is set within South County Regional Park in western Boca Raton. The Nature Center wants to encourage appreciation of our natural environment through education and demonstration and to inspire individuals to become personally involved in the conservation of South Florida's natural resources. The Nature Center features an exhibit hall with live animals and interactive state-of-the-art exhibits, classroom facilities, laboratory, lobby, reading area, and an elevated boardwalk that takes you on a relaxing journey through a swamp. The boardwalk has two trails, bench-style seating, as well as an observation tower to view the abundant plant and animal life including: osprey, woodpeckers, butterflies, endangered wood storks, alligators, a wide variety of bromeliads, and the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly. The elevated boardwalk is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The indoor section of the Nature Center includes a classroom, an art gallery featuring a different local artist each month, a book-nook with toys for children or guidebooks for adults, and an exhibit hall featuring interactive displays and live animals. The nature center is located across from the Coconut Cove Water Park. Coconut Cove Waterpark truly is an interactive playground for kids. It's the most fun in town on a hot summer day. Watch them or join them as they go tubing on a 986-foot river ride, or zoom down the big and little water slides, romp around in the sprinkler & fountain playpool, do the sea pals scramble, and other fun activities. A full-service concession stand is onsite and lockers are available for rental so that you have a place to store you and your child's belongings. It's open from June until September.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida. In the early 20th century, a group of Japanese immigrants moved to Florida in order to institute an agricultural community. It didn't quite succeed but one of the original members, George Morikami, donated 200 acres to let known the effort of his native country. Today, that initial gift has grown into an entire cultural complex that features information and exhibits on Japanese culture and traditions. A chronicle of the intended farming community can be traced, and visitors may also view artwork, bonsai, domestic artifacts, and crafts. Also on the grounds are a theater, a library, a multi-media center, an authentic teahouse, a shop, cafe, and amazing gardens and water features. Many class that feature traditional crafts and ceremonies are widely available as well.

The Children's Science Explorium, located in Boca's Sugar Sand Park, is a hands-on science center designed for children 5-12 years of age and their caregivers. They offer fascinating and interactive exhibits, programs and camps that bring the physical sciences to life. In addition to permanent exhibit collection, the Explorium offers its visitors a variety of traveling exhibits each year. From rockets to molecules, the museum engages and teaches children about the fantastic world of science! The Children's Museum of Boca Raton provides programs, exhibits, activities and special events for children and their families to help develop creative and critical thinking skills in children through exposure to the arts and humanities integrated with history and science. They provide programs, exhibits, activities and special events for children and families that supplement and complement school curricula. Living Room Theaters is a visionary concept created by filmmakers who set out to reinvent the way films are viewed and distributed...and to change everything about conventional and art house movie theaters from the film selection to the lobby ambiance, food, seating and service. This sophisticated and comfortable environment combines a European style caf and lounge with a relaxing place to see wonderful movies. Proprietary digitizing technology enables even first-time directors and producers to distribute their independent films without the prohibitively high costs of making and shipping traditional celluloid prints. Located on the south end of Florida Atlantic University's campus, Living Room Theaters is designed to be a new movie experience for Boca's cultural and entertainment scene. Muvico Palace 20. If you're looking to watch the newest movie just released into theaters, then there isn't a better choice than Muvico. With its splendid upper-class palace design, this theater is the only proper way to have a great night out at a theater. On top of that, the great service and food will leave more than satisfied as you enjoy your movie in a massive theater with some of the most comfortable seats around.

Spanish River Park is one of the area's largest parks with enough diversions to please the whole family. Swimming in the ocean and sunbathing on the beach is peaceful while picnic tables and grills make outdoor dining a fun family affair. There are biking paths, nature trails, and an observation tower for explorers. Restrooms are available. Patch Reef Park is 55-acres of passive and active recreation facilities, which include a community center, softball & baseball fields, soccer & football fields, basketball courts, fitness trail, children's playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts. The Community Center offers a variety of classes, activities and special events for all ages.

Boca Raton is home to a number of popular ongoing cultural events, including Boca Bacchanal, Cinema in the Park, Spring Fling, Fabulous 4th, Allianz Championship Golf, Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, and the Florida Renaissance Festival. Be sure to visit nearby Fort Lauderdale for performing arts and cultural venues. Discover the Broadway shows, opera, ballet and concerts at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, performances and activities at Boca's Showtime Dance & Performing Arts Theatre, Boca Ballet Theatre Company, and the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia.

Boca Raton is home to beautiful beaches and parks, golf courses, tennis clubs, plenty of family fun, plus great restaurants, hot nightlife, live music and so much more to see and do. Boca Raton and its neighboring towns create a mini-paradise and an ideal place to live. The climate, dining and shopping, cultural attractions, wonderful active retirement communities, educational and business opportunities all add up to the fact that Boca Raton is a wonderful lifestyle just waiting for you to join in.

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