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August
29

Foodies rejoice! Boca Restaurant Month is returning to Boca Raton for its second consecutive year. This month-long celebration of local cuisine is the perfect opportunity to sample innovative creations from the city's best chefs. Lasting throughout the month of September, Boca Restaurant Month aims to promote Boca Raton's incredible array of culinary experiences, featuring a mixture of new and repeat restaurants from last year's inaugural restaurant month. Thirty-two participating restaurants will feature a three-course prix fixe dinner menu priced between $36 and $40, not including tax or gratuity. Plus, three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced between $21 and $25, not including tax or gratuity. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of Boca's finest dining establishments presenting their finest dishes at a reasonable price. Explore the diverse array of restaurants participating in Boca Restaurant Month this year. You'll find everything from Italian to New American, seafood eateries to steakhouses, and everything in between. Peruse each menu specially created for this event to know exactly what to expect during your visit! Take a look at some of our top nine *favorite* restaurants participating in Boca Restaurant Month, designated by an asterisk and special banner!  

Participating Restaurants:

  Apeiro Kitchen & Bar | Mediterranean | Menu | Location — Progressive Mediterranean restaurant and bar serving a contemporary menu in a gorgeous modern space.   Bazille in Nordstrom | American | Menu | Location — Chic and inviting American eatery tucked in the Nordstrom at the Town Center at Boca Raton, serving appetizers, salads, brick-oven pizzas, homemade desserts, and more.  

*Boca Landing | Seafood | Menu | Location

Boca Landing Boca Raton, FL

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Boca Landing is a picturesque waterfront eatery located in the Waterstone Resort & Marina. Whether you're a guest of the resort or a local resident, enjoy exceptional Intracoastal views while you dine al fresco on one of the best outdoor patios in Boca Raton. At Boca Landing, Chef Matthew Mixon creates imaginative cuisine debuting the region's freshest seasonal flavors, which perfectly complement the selection of handcrafted cocktails and fine wines. From a bountiful European breakfast to a grilled steak or local seafood dish, Boca Landing has it all.   BRIO Tuscan Grille | Italian | Location — Warm, relaxed Italian restaurant in Boca Center offering Tuscan-inspired dishes, a great wine selection, and craft cocktails.   Burtons Grill & Bar | American | Menu | Location — Well-known chain bar and grill with high-quality American dishes served in a comfortable dining space.   Café 5150 | American | Location — American eatery situated in the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, featuring an elegant dining room, an outdoor patio, and great views of the new amphitheater.   Flashback Diner | American | Location — High-quality diner open 24 hours a day serving hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties at three locations in the region.   Henry's | American | Menu | Location — Inviting restaurant serving elevated classic American dishes in a bright and sophisticated dining room.  

*Ke'e Grill | Seafood | Menu | Location

Ke'e Grill Boca Raton, FL

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This vibrant seafood restaurant is a hidden gem in Boca. With both a tropical and sophisticated feel, Ke'e Grill provides an ideal setting for a special occasion — or lack thereof. The menu is packed with creative dishes, with a special emphasis on all things seafood. For Boca Restaurant Month, select one item from each course, including an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. And all year long, Ke'e Grill remains of the best fine dining destinations in the city.   Louie Bossi's Boca Raton | Italian | Menu | Location — Rustic elegant eatery serving an array of Italian specialties, including pizza, pasta, paninis, soup, salads, and more.   Mariposa at Neiman Marcus | New American | Menu | Location — Upscale eatery serving globally inspired fare within a stunning, chic space in the Neiman Marcus store at the Town Center at Boca Raton.   Matteo's of Boca Raton | Italian | Menu | Location — Casual chain eatery with traditional decor serving family-style Italian dishes and wines by the glass.  

*Max's Grille | New American | Location

Max's Grille Boca Raton, FL

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If you prefer dining al fresco, Max's Grille is an excellent option, as it has one of the best outdoor patios in Boca Raton. Plus, this eatery in the heart of Mizner Park is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of shopping. The bar at Max's Grille seamlessly extends from the inside to the beautiful patio, where you'll find more seating under the shade or in the sun. The elevated New American dishes and robust drink menu at Max's Grille are made all the better by airy surrounds and an overall classy atmosphere.   Melting Pot Boca Raton | Fondue | Location — Romantic fondue restaurant chain with a plethora of heated pots of cheese, chocolate, and broth for do-it-yourself cooking and dipping.   Morton's The Steakhouse | Steakhouse | Location — Steakhouse chain with a swanky interior serving aged prime beef, seafood, and other traditional steakhouse dishes.   Nick's New Haven Style Pizzeria | Italian | Location — Sophisticated bar and grill specializing in thin-crust pizza, with an extensive menu of Italian and American dishes.  

*Ouzo Bay | Greek | Menu | Location

Ouzo Bay Boca Raton, FL

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It's all about freshness at this stunning modern eatery. Ouzo Bay serves an array of Greek dishes, including wild catches from around the world, grass-fed lamb, and prime dry aged meats. Eating here is like reserving a table on the Mediterranean, as each bite offers authentic flavors beautifully combined with age-old recipes. The world-class bar and lounge at Ouzo Bay serves handcrafted cocktails, small-batch whiskeys, and one of the most extensive Ouzo selections on the East Coast.   Prezzo | Italian | Menu | Location — Casual Italian chain with a daily happy hour serving stone-baked pizzas, classic pasta, and more traditional dishes.  

*Ramen Lab Eatery | Ramen | Location

Ramen Lab Eatery Boca Raton, FL

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Ramen Lab Eatery is the first authentic ramen restaurant in Boca Raton. The fast-casual, counter-serve eatery is a perfect place for a quick lunch — especially during Boca Restaurant Month! Ramen Lab specializes in ramen, staying true to the bowl concept, which includes donburi and poke bowls. They emphasize sustainable food made fresh and make their own ramen noodles in-house, complemented by the thick, rich broth found in each ramen bowl. Discover an array of authentic toppings, from tender pork chashu to a perfectly cooked and seasoned poached egg.   Rocco's Tacos | Mexican | LocationPopular Mexican restaurant with an outdoor patio serving classic dishes and snacks in addition to over 400 types of tequila.   Ruth's Chris Steak House | Steakhouse | Menu | Location — Renowned steakhouse chain with an elegant setting and diverse selection of steaks, seafood, and other specialties.  

*SaiKo-i | Japanese | Menu | Location

SaiKo-i Boca Raton, FL

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The chic and modern interior of SaiKo-i creates the perfect setting for enjoying the authentic and innovative dishes of this renowned Japanese restaurant. SaiKo-i is a sushi lounge and hibachi grill with a range of choices to suit every palate. Each dish is prepared with the finest of ingredients and an authentic recipe, complete with a striking presentation. Stop by SaiKo-i for lunch ($22) or dinner ($38) during Boca Restaurant Month to sample the best of their sushi menu and other Japanese dishes.   Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante | Italian | Location Excellent Italian eatery with a gorgeous interior, array of authentic dishes, and an impressive wine selection.   Seasons 52 | New American | Menu | Location — Chain eatery with a focus on featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients on their menu, in addition to offering a great selection of international wines.  

*Tanzy Restaurant | Italian | Menu | Location

Tanzy Restaurant Boca Raton, FL

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Nestled inside iPic Theaters, Tanzy Restaurant is an excellent option for date night in Boca Raton. This artisanal Italian eatery and lounge serves a selection of pasta, flatbreads, and wines in a cozy, intimate space. The carefully curated menu at Tanzy draws inspiration from Italy's Amalfi region, featuring exceptional coastal touches and classic flavors and ingredients. Traditional methods are combined with the adventurous to create a bold and inspiring meal — no matter what you choose from the three-course prix fixe menu during Boca Restaurant Month.   Tap 42 | Gastropub | Location — Vibrant gastropub serving hearty brunch, lunch and dinner menus in a colorful space at the Town Center at Boca Raton.   Temper Grille | American | Location — Tapas-style eatery focused on fresh ingredients with a great selection of beer and wine from all over the world.  

*The Locale | New American | Menu | Location

The Locale Boca Raton, FL

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Experience rich, bold flavors found throughout the continent without traveling far at all. The Locale is a New American eatery with a special Latin flair, utilizing quality ingredients, which are well-prepared and deliciously composed into unique offerings. The beautiful and elegant space of The Locale sets the tone for an enjoyable dining experience, whether you're indulging with a full meal or simply stopping by during happy hour. After all, The Locale is one of our favorite fine dining restaurants in the city!   Trattoria Siciliani | Italian | Menu | Location — Authentic Italian restaurant serving a robust menu consisting of pastas, seafood, meat, chicken, and pastries.  

*True Food Kitchen | New American | Menu | Location

True Food Kitchen Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Tholl via True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen believes that "eating well is always in season" — and we certainly agree! This health-focused eatery in the Town Center of Boca Raton offers a wide array of healthy dishes, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The vibrant and plant-filled interior perfectly complements the fresh and flavor-filled dishes you'll find at True Food. Stop by this modern eatery for lunch ($25) or dinner ($36) during Boca Restaurant Month to sample some of the best plates!   Yakitori | Japanese | Menu | Location Sushi bar with modern interior serving an extensive menu of specialty rolls and Pan-Asian dishes.   Zinburger | American | Location — Burger chain serving shakes, local beers, cocktails, and an array of wines in a vibrant space.  

Bon Appétit!

What Boca restaurants are you dying to try this month? Let us know in the comments below!
August
22

Labor Day is just around the corner! There are plenty of exciting events happening in Boca Raton over Labor Day weekend, from bourbon tastings to stand-up comedy, and prix fixe dinners to live jazz performances. While Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, we live in an area with a summertime vibe all year long! But these events will ensure you spend your extended weekend doing something fun and exciting. Mark your calendar with one or two of these Labor Day weekend events in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton Resort & Club Events

Boca Raton Resort & Club is the place to be this Labor Day weekend. They have a lengthy list of events planned all weekend long — each with a special Nashville twist! The resort has partnered with DMI to offer exclusive and intimate access to Grammy-winning singers and songwriters, a tasty Smokes, Brews & BBQ event, exclusive trunk shows, children's activities, and more.

Bourbon Social

Friday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. What to do in Boca Raton on Labor Day This bourbon-centric social is part of the resort's exclusive dinner pairing series. Sample award-winning bourbon curated by the talented beverage director and hear renditions of your favorite country hits performed by the person who wrote them. That's right — get a chance to mingle with legendary Nashville songwriters, including Lee Thomas Miller, Wendell Mobley, and Trea Landon.

How I Wrote That Song

Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. This is another must-do for country music fans! How I Wrote That Song offers a behind-the-scenes look with chart-topping singer-songwriters as they perform and share the fascinating stories behind their biggest hits. Hear from veterans like Liz Rose, Bob DiPiero, William Michael Morgan, Phil Barton, Aaron Ratiere and Tim Nichols.

Songs at Sea

Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m Hop on board an end-of-summer sunset cruise at the Boca Raton Resort Marina. From a beautiful catamaran, attendees will experience an intimate performance from some of Nashville's premiere songwriters, including Emily Weisband and Parker McCollum. This sunset cruise offers an idyllic setting for enjoying live music!

Smokes, Brews & BBQ

Saturday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. This laid-back event will feature tantalizing barbecue food, hand-rolled cigars, local beer tasting flights and more. Kick back with a cold brew and experience the ultimate taste of summer alongside Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member, Bob DiPiero ("Southern Voice" by Tim McGraw and "Blue Clear Sky" by George Strait), Corey Crowder and Randy Montana.

End of Summer Celebration & LobsterBash

Sunday, September 2 | Dinner at 6:30 p.m. + Show at 8 p.m. What to do in Boca Raton on Labor Day Wrap up this exciting lineup of events at Boca Raton Resort & Club with the End of Summer Celebration and LobsterBash! The all-you-can-eat lobster dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a concert celebrating the end of summer with country music stars Rodney Atkins and RaeLynn. Combining the fresh seafood of South Florida with the renowned country music of Nashville, this unique event should not be missed.

D.J. Demers at Mizner Park Comedy Club

Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 7 p.m. Head to Mizner Park Comedy Club for an entertaining performance from D.J. Demers, a talented stand-up comedian who has appeared on America's Got Talent, Conan (twice!), and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. His debut stand-up album, [Indistinct Chatter], was released in 2017 to great acclaim. Laugh alongside this hilarious comedian on Saturday, September 1 at this renowned comedy club. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $30 for premium and $160 for a VIP table. Beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and candy will be available for purchase, but it is advised that you enjoy a full dinner at any of the many Mizner Park restaurants before the show.

Weekend Shows at the Funky Biscuit

The Funky Biscuit is a lively music venue hosting an array of both local and national talent, playing everything from rock to reggae. There are three exciting shows happening on Labor Day weekend at the Funky Biscuit! Take a look at the lineup. Funky Biscuit Boca Raton, FL

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An Evening With Anders Osborne and Mike Zito

Friday, August 31 at 9 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Witness two incredible musicians come together in an intimate setting at An Evening With Anders Osborne and Mike Zito. The emotional, soulful vocals and piercing, expert guitar work makes New Orleans' Anders Osborne a true musical treasure. With a number of accolades in the music world, including Entertainer of the Year by Gambit Weekly and Crescent City's Best Guitarist for three consecutive years by OffBeat, Osborne puts on a performance that should not be missed. He will be accompanied by Mike Zito, a South St. Louis native with a lengthy list of accomplishments, including 12 albums, founding supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and The Wheel, producing albums for talented artists, and much more.

Elan Trotman

Saturday, September 1 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Get groovy on Saturday with an incredible performance from saxophonist Elan Trotman, a jazz artist who has quickly emerged as one of the genre's most thrilling and emotive performers. He continues to evolve and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman's playing is inspired by legends like Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum, and Najee, but he certainly displays his own style and unique tone.

Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All-Stars Featuring Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings

Monday, September 3 at 8 p.m. | Doors Open at 5 p.m. Experience a repertoire of musical wonder at Biscuit Jam with Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & the Funky Biscuit All-Stars, featuring Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings. This collection of talented musicians will bring an array of musical genres, with an emphasis on blues music. The main headliner of this music-filled evening is Mark Telesca, a talented songwriter, singer, guitarist, and bassist who studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach.

2018 Boca Restaurant Month

September 1–30 Boca Raton Restaurant Week

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Starting on Saturday, kick-off Boca Restaurant Month, an exciting foodie event lasting throughout the month of September! The month-long event aims to promote Boca Raton's incredible array of culinary experiences, featuring a mixture of new and repeat restaurants from last year's inaugural restaurant month. Participating restaurants will feature a three-course prix fixe dinner menu priced between $36 and $40, not including tax or gratuity. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of Boca's finest dining establishments presenting their finest dishes at a reasonable price. Check out nine of our favorite must-visit restaurants participating in Boca Restaurant Month!

Happy Labor Day!

What events are you attending over the extended weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
August
15

In addition to all of the activity found in Fort Lauderdale, from vibrant nightlife destinations to luxurious yachting adventures amidst scenic canals, there is so much to do as a family as well. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities in Fort Lauderdale, including boat and trolley rides, indoor playgrounds, fascinating museums, and endless outdoor recreation. Take a look at some of our favorite things to do with kids in Fort Lauderdale, with options to suit all ages and interests!  

Outdoor Fun

Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

Hop on board a pirate ship with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures to search for a hidden treasure throughout the Intracoastal! This fun and interactive pirate cruise is designed for kids who can help pirates find a hidden treasure, learn pirate talk, dress like a pirate and ward off attacks of rival pirates with water cannons. This is a fun waterway cruise for the whole family! General tickets for ages 3 and up are $25 per person and $6.50 for Junior Pirates ages 2 and under. Pirate add-ons, including an eye patch, bandana, and sword, are $7.95 per person.

Butterfly World

Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, Butterfly World is a popular destination for kids and adults alike. Housing around 20,000 live butterflies, Butterfly World is the largest butterfly park in the world and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. This exotic park features hundreds of birds in six aviaries, a bug zoo, waterfalls, botanical gardens, and of course — thousands of butterflies from every corner of the globe. Admission to Butterfly World is $29.95 for adults and seniors, $21.95 for children ages 3–11, and free for children under 2. Follow Butterfly World on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know about upcoming events and other updates!  

Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Holiday Park is an alligator park in Fort Lauderdale attracting locals and visitors alike. The park operates Everglades airboat tours, live gator shows, animal encounters, boat rentals and much more. This is the perfect day trip for adults and kids of all ages! Climb aboard one of their state-of-the-art vessels and venture into the heart of the River of Grass, where expert captains will take you on a 60-minute narrated tour of the Everglades, pointing out some of Florida's most exotic wildlife. This is an experience you — and the kids — will never forget!

EZride Surf School

For the future surfer in your family, surf lessons are an excellent option — especially along the beautiful beaches of South Florida. EZride Surf School offers professional surf lessons and ocean education for residents and vacationers from all over the world. They provide surf lessons seven days a week for all ages, at many beaches in the area, including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach and more. Contact EZride to set up lessons for your little surfer!

Flamingo Gardens

Located just west of Fort Lauderdale in Davie, Flamingo Gardens is a haven for visitors of all ages, as there is no shortage of attractions. The 60-acre botanical garden and Everglade wildlife sanctuary feature over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. Plus, the wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock and of course — flamingos! This beautiful natural habitat is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida and has become a popular attraction since its establishment in 1927.

Funky Fish Ocean Camp

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This award-winning program is designed to create a connection between children and the ocean. Funky Fish Ocean Camp is a one-of-a-kind drop-off experience, offering non-stop adventure for kids and a day of relaxation for you. Your child will experience the pool and shallow ocean water through professional snorkeling lessons, skimboarding, boogie boarding, paddle boarding lessons, marine science and repurposed ocean art. Funky Fish Ocean Camp has several locations in the area, including Bahia Mar Resort, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park! The camp operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 364 days of the year.

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

Consider a unique form of transportation the next time you're headed to the beach with the kids. Hop on board the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, which provides safe and enjoyable transportation alternatives to your destination. Whether you would like to learn more about the city's many mega-yachts and mansions, head to a nearby restaurant, go shopping, enjoy live music, hit the beach, or learn more about the city's history and rich culture, the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi can take you there!

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a scenic sanctuary in the heart of the city. The park encompasses 180 acres of land between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A. Visitors enjoy endless outdoor recreation, including canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, camping and more. This is a fun place to spend the day with kids, whether you want to embark on a canoeing adventure or simply enjoy a picnic in the shade!

Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley

Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley

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A trolley ride is always a fun experience for little ones! The Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley offers an incredible view of the city — whether you're visiting for the first time or you've lived in the area for years. Boarding the trolley is quite easy. Simply position yourself in a safe spot along any of the trolley's seven routes, wave to the driver much like you would hailing a cab, and get on board! And when you're ready to get off the trolley, let the driver know where and they will drop you off. Track the trolley using their special mobile app or with the desktop tracker. All routes are free except for the Beach and Las Olas link, which is $1 per ride or $3 for an all-day pass.  

Indoor Fun:

Florida Children's Theatre

The Florida Children's Theatre is an educational center for theatre arts, serving children and families throughout South Florida. Founded in 1952 by two mothers and officially incorporated in 1959, it is the oldest documented children's theatre in the state of Florida. Each year, FLCT produces a season of five mainstage productions and year-round classes in acting, creative drama, and other theatre-related skills. Check out the schedule for upcoming shows or enroll your child in a class or camp to expand on their acting skills!

Funderdome Indoor Playground & Cafe

Funderdome Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Funderdome is an indoor wonderland for kids, offering endless fun for all ages — from a safe and laid-back toddler zone to an action-packed space quadrant laser maze. This indoor playground is open seven days a week with activities for kids ages 6 months through 13 years old. Adults are welcome to tag along or relax in the cafe while the kids get their energy out! Other activities and attractions include a ropes course, a ball blaster arena, a climbing wall, slides and much more.

Mai Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Show

Visit Mai Kai for dinner and a show. Kids love the excitement and whim of this enchanting restaurant in the heart of Fort Lauderdale! Mai Kai offers a one-of-a-kind Polynesian show while you dine in tropical surrounds, enjoying an array of authentic dishes, including Hawaiian specialties, Thai dishes, and Chinese food. This is a magical experience for all ages, as you're transcended to another universe with the intricate decor, exciting show, and delicious food and drinks.

Museum of Discovery and Science

Museum of Discovery and Science

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Bring education to life with a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science, one of the largest museums of its kind in Florida. The mission of the museum is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. The AutoNation 3D IMAX theater is a destination all its own — showing larger-than-life films viewers can only experience with special glasses and headsets. Other attractions at the museum include ecoscapes, a simulated ride to Mars, a simulated airboat ride in the Everglades, a MaxFlight airplane simulator, and a number of Floridian animal displays. The Museum of Discovery and Science is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12–5 p.m. on Sundays.

Xtreme Action Park

There is no shortage of activity at Xtreme Action Park, the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida. The park offers 200,000 square feet of exciting attractions and event spaces, including go-kart racing, bowling, arcade games, a ropes course, a trampoline park, roller skating, escape rooms and much more! Fuel up for a day of fun at the All-American Cafe and a sweet treat at the Hershey's Shake Shoppe. All activities at Xtreme Action Park vary in price, depending on your interests!

Young at Art Museum

Young at Art Museum is where imagination, education, and discovery come together in exciting and new ways. The museum allows children of all ages to experience a variety of sounds, textures and sights throughout their many exhibits, art institute and the teen center. YAA is a place for families to gather and for children to build a sense of identity through art, architecture, history and culture. Ride a subway, visit a cave, and discover a dig in ArtScapes. Stomp to the rhythm, build sand sculptures, and construct recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs around the globe in CultureScapes. And create a masterpiece in every gallery. The possibilities are endless at Young at Art Museum!

Sky Zone Fort Lauderdale

Let the kids get their energy out — even on a rainy or gloomy day. Sky Zone is an exciting indoor trampoline park with a number of fun-filled attractions, including a freestyle jump area, ultimate dodgeball, a foam zone, SkySlam, a ladder suspended over a foam pit, and more! This indoor park offers endless fun for all ages — including your littlest ones. This Sky Zone location offers a special Toddler Time on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings!  

Flippo's Kids Indoor Playground

The idea for Flippo's Kids Indoor Playground came from one mom's quest to find a safe indoor play facility in South Florida for her two kids. Victoria Kim, her husband, and their two boys brainstormed, researched and built what is now Flippo's, an indoor playground with a myriad of attractions to suit every age. Attractions include the main playground, a laser maze, a toddler area, a ball blaster and more!  

What kid-approved activities do you love?

We'd love to know what your little ones enjoy doing — either inside and outside. Let us know in the comments below!
August
8

You may have mastered the ABCs a long time ago, but let's revisit this elementary basic by exploring the alphabet of Boca Raton. Take a look at the many unique characteristics, landmarks, and hotspots that make this city so special — including parks, restaurants, resorts, museums and more! Learn about Addison Mizner, the history of IBM's personal computer, and renowned resort communities like The Sanctuary as we learn the ABCs with a Boca Raton twist.  

A: Addison Mizner

 
Addison Mizner is the renowned architect responsible for designing the city of Boca Raton. His legendary Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style buildings continue to inspire today's architecture. Mizner's exclusive hotel, once called the Cloister Inn when it was completed in 1926, still stands as a city landmark and is now called the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This renowned resort, in addition to a number of buildings throughout South Florida, stands as a reminder of this beloved architect and his distinctive style.  

B: Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is one of South Florida's premier cultural institutions. Established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the museum now encompasses an art school, a guild, a store and a marvelous museum with both permanent and rotating exhibits on display. Admire the diverse collections of contemporary art, photography, non-western art, glass, and sculpture, plus a number of special exhibitions.

C: Condominiums

Boca Raton Luxury Condos In addition to its opulent waterfront estates and impressive compounds, there is an abundance of luxury condominiums for sale in Boca Raton. These estates in the sky offer unbeatable community amenities, modern details, and some of the most jaw-dropping views of the ocean, the Intracoastal and the city skyline. Some South Florida residents utilize their condominium in Boca Raton as a secondary residence, where they can retreat for convenient beach access in this beautiful resort community.

D: DaVinci's

The Carvelli family brings the recipes and spirit of their hometown of Mesoraca, Italy to South Florida at DaVinci's. Every recipe, from their classic dishes to their more innovative offerings, is crafted from scratch using homemade fresh pasta and other high-quality ingredients. In fact, even the olives at the bar are stuffed by hand! Experience the warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly service at DaVinci's, one of our favorite fine dining destinations in Boca Raton!

E: Evert Tennis Academy

Tennis in Boca Raton, FL The Evert Tennis Academy is a prestigious facility in the Mission Bay area of Boca Raton. Chris Evert, tennis legend and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and John Evert, world-renowned developmental coach and Evert Tennis Academy Director, believe in the balance of technical, tactical, mental and physical training through personalized programs. The academy boasts pristine grounds, state-of-the-art equipment, a caring staff and a family-friendly atmosphere.  

F: Festival of the Arts

Every spring, the city hosts the Festival of the Arts, a multi-day cultural arts event featuring inspiring musical performances, award-winning authors and speakers, and more art exhibitions. This 10-day festival attracts over 15,000 attendees every year, creating an economic impact on South Florida totaling over $1.3 million. This exciting community tradition is a tangible way the city of Boca Raton is focused on preserving and supporting the arts.  

G: Gyms

Trainerspace Boca Raton, FL

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Fitness is important for Boca Raton residents. Many take advantage of the many boutique gyms in the city, like Trainerspace, boasting a stunning interior with top-of-the-line equipment and professional trainers. Or they may choose to take the gym outside with an outdoor fitness class or activity in Boca Raton, such as Yoga on the Beach or stand-up paddleboarding with Boca Surf & Sail.

H: Highland Beach

Considered an unofficial extension of Boca Raton, Highland Beach is a seaside community encompassing a barrier island just northeast of Boca. The waterfront real estate that makes up this community provides natural splendor, privacy and luxury living. Highland Beach is a dream for yachters, who may easily access the Intracoastal and cruise to a nearby inlet to reach the sparkling Atlantic.

I: Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal Waterway Boca Raton, FL

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The Intracoastal Waterway plays a major role in the landscape of South Florida, including Boca Raton, one of the most central cities in the region. This 3,000-mile waterway allows convenient water access for yachts, creates a beautiful backdrop for estates in its path, and offers calmer waters for smaller boats to maneuver. The Intracoastal in Boca has several smaller canals, providing more waterfront properties and plenty of dockage for yachts and boats of all sizes.  

J: Josephine's

Josephine's is a family-owned and -operated eatery that has remained a staple in the community for more than 20 years. Josephine's has an elegant, airy interior reminiscent of an Italian garden courtyard. They serve authentic Italian cuisine with signature dishes such as Dover Sole, Osso Bucco and an arrangement of traditional Italian favorites. The extensive wine collection beautifully complements Josephine's menu and their fully stocked bar features a range of popular liquors. Escape to the peaceful and enchanting atmosphere of Josephine's for a fine dining experience unlike any other!

K: Kids' Museum

Boca Raton Children's Museum

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Boca Raton has attractions for all ages, including the little ones. The Boca Raton Children's Museum is an interactive museum focused on broadening children's awareness of the world around them and the importance of problem-solving through creative and scientific exploration. The museum is housed in the historic Singing Pines building, which was built in 1913 and moved to its current location in Memorial Park in 1976. It is the oldest children's museum in the state of Florida!

L: La Ferme

La Ferme is an undeniably unique fine dining option in Boca Raton. This eatery has an elegant interior with extravagant chandeliers and plush white cushions, complemented by funky accents and art pieces. Their modern French Mediterranean fare also sets them apart from the pack. Visit their wine bar, where you'll find a vast selection of drinks, from champagne and bubbly to a wonderful array of reds and whites from all over the globe. Explore their diverse dinner menu with options ranging from escargots to filet mignon. Top off the night with a selection from their delectable dessert menu!  

M: Mizner Park

Mizner Park Boca Raton, FL

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Mizner Park is considered one of the most popular landmarks in the city. This luxury lifestyle center hosts exceptional eateries, upscale shops, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, a movie theater, a cultural center, an amphitheater and more. This is a one-stop-shop for dining, shopping, and entertainment for residents and visitors alike!  

N: No Billboards

You may have noticed the unbeatable and uninterrupted views in Boca Raton. That is in part because of one important law: there are no billboards permitted in the city. There is, however, one billboard that was grandfathered in during the annexation. The absence of large advertisements preserves the city's natural beauty!  

O: Outdoor Patios

Outdoor Patios in Boca Raton, FL

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With such gorgeous landscape (free of billboards!) it's only right to enjoy it as much as possible — even while you wine and dine. Thankfully, there are a number of restaurants in Boca with incredible outdoor patios, offering views of the vast ocean, the sparkling waterway, and the city skyline.  

P: Personal Computer

Did you know that IBM's first personal computer was developed in Boca Raton? IBM opened a manufacturing plant in Boca in 1967, and their first personal computer was developed here in 1981. Today, one of the buildings that once housed IBM was donated to the Palm Beach County School District and was converted into Don Estridge High Tech Middle School, named after Don Estridge, whose team was responsible for developing the IBM PC. The old IBM complex still hosts the office and conference table where Bill Gates signed the historic deal that supplied IBM with the Microsoft MS-DOS operating system for its personal computer line!  

Q: Quiet

Boca Raton Beaches One of Boca's most attractive qualities is its peaceful and laid-back vibe. You can easily retreat to a quiet private beach for an afternoon of relaxation while you sip on a glass of wine and read a book. This resort town creates an idyllic environment for slowing down and enjoying the many luxuries of living just steps from the ocean.  

R: Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

Considered one of Boca's most prestigious and high-end communities, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club was established over half a century ago, reigning as Boca's prestigious signature address. Throughout history, its residents have led lifestyles synonymous with the vision of Addison Mizner in the 1920s. Enter through the guard-gated entrance of this renowned community to experience first-class living to the fullest, complete with a full-service marina, fitness center, swimming pool, tennis and croquet courts, and a world-famous golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.  

S: Sugar Sand Park

The expansive 132-acre Sugar Sand Park provides a beautiful place for the community to gather. The park features a community center, which houses the Children's Science Explorium, the Willow Theatre, and the field house with an indoor gymnasium. Surrounding amenities include walking trails, ball fields, a carousel, a playground and more.  

T: The Sanctuary

Distinguished as one of the most prestigious gated communities in Boca — and the entire nation, The Sanctuary offers the utmost in quiet seclusion in Boca Raton's internationally acclaimed yachting enclave. Featuring some of Boca Raton's finest residences, estates in The Sanctuary are nestled on winding tree-lined streets and finger isles capturing protected views over the tranquil waterway to a lush nature preserve. Deepwater dockage for substantial yachts is a prized asset of this community. Some residences are located on expansive double lots with multi-yacht dockage, while other coveted estates are located on a point, opening up panoramic views over the water and preserve. In The Sanctuary's sublime seclusion and idyllic natural beauty, many residences feature magnificent outdoor entertainment spaces with amenities that rival those of an exclusive private resort.  

U: University

Boca is home to a number of excellent universities, including Florida Atlantic University, a public research university with more than 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered to its 30,000+ students. Boca residents enjoy the vibrant spirit FAU adds to the community, and many will attend university sporting events at the FAU stadium.  

V: Vacation

Boca Raton is a popular travel destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. It's easy to see why! We have pristine beaches, luxurious resorts, upscale shopping, renowned culinary options and gorgeous sunny weather. While visitors come and go, residents get to enjoy the resort-style appeal of Boca and surrounding South Florida cities all year long!  

W: Wick Theatre

The Wick Theatre is a beloved community theatre showcasing classic musicals and other performances in an intimate space. The 333-seat auditorium is accompanied by a costume museum, which hosts the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by some of the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American musical theatre. Take a look at upcoming productions for the current season and other events happening at the Wick throughout the year!  

X: TEDxBocaRaton

It's likely you've heard an inspiring TED Talk, either in person or online, consisting of "ideas worth spreading" on the subjects of technology, design, science, culture, and academia. We have our very own TEDxBocaRaton event, coming to the Florida Atlantic University campus on October 12, 2018. The theme for this TEDx event is "Innovation: Reinventing Yourself" with a focus on the way people and businesses reinvent themselves again and again through innovation.  

Y: Yachting

Yachting in Boca Raton, FL Yachting is a popular sport amongst Boca Raton residents. Just take one look at the landscape, where you'll discover a large population of shiny boats and yachts lining waterways and filling docks. The city's affluence and geography create the ideal combination for yachting, sailing and other water activities. Our pristine location means South Florida residents can even sail to the Bahamas for the weekend!

Z: Zoo

Boca residents may easily travel to the Palm Beach Zoo, just up I-95 in West Palm Beach. But if you want to experience wildlife right in our backyard, make a trip to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, a 20-acre nature center attracting more than 200,000 visitors every year. The center serves as a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, through its many programs, nature trails, and exhibits.  

...And now you know your ABCs!

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For decades, Palm Beach has been the resort community of choice for the social elite. Pristine sugar sand beaches, exclusive clubs, significant estates, designer shopping, and Michelin-quality dining define the opulent lifestyle that many Palm Beach residents enjoy. One of the finest qualities of this affluent island is its breathtaking architecture, with heavy influence from prominent architects such as Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Marion Sims Wyeth, and John Volk. Some of the world's most renowned architectural styles, such as Mediterranean Revival and Tropical Georgian, emerged from these talented architects. Explore some of the most spectacular homes for sale in Palm Beach, equipped with unbelievable amenities, beautiful design features, and impressive square footage. Plus, due to the unique landscape of Palm Beach, nearly all homes in the city are just steps from either the ocean shore or the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway.  

Elegant Palm Beach Mediterranean Along the Water

6 Bedrooms | 8.1 Bathrooms | 8,148 Square Feet

Address: 560 Island Drive | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

Beautifully conceived in the signature Palm Beach Mediterranean style, this magnificent residence is situated on a waterfront lot overlooking a peaceful lagoon with a golf course beyond. The property is meticulously landscaped with immaculate privacy hedges and majestic palms, providing shade and enhancing the area's natural beauty. Guests arrive at a circular brick paver motor court and proceed past cast stone columns. They are welcomed through wrought iron doors into a dramatic foyer with limestone tile flooring. Just beyond the foyer lies an opulent two-story living room with a wall of windows looking out over the resort-style pool with a raised deck spa.  

Mizner-Era Architectural Gem

6 Bedrooms | 7.3 Bathrooms | 9,714 Square Feet 12 Lagomar Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480 12 Lagomar Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480 12 Lagomar Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Address: 12 Lagomar Road | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

Tucked behind privacy hedges just steps from the beach, this 1928 architectural gem features a myriad of quintessential Mizner-era touches, such as a romantic formal entry courtyard with painted tile steps and multiple fountains, an immense second-floor living room with original Cuban tile, and a dramatic painted tile and wood staircase leading to the master suite. With surprising details at every turn, this estate is truly a work of art, both inside and out. The residence is accompanied by a generous pool pavilion complete with a wet bar, a powder room, a gas-heated pool, an outdoor shower, and an expansive lawn.  

Historic European-Style Residence

8 Bedrooms | 9.3 Bathrooms | 10,125 Square Feet

Address: 220 Via Bellaria | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

Beautifully conceived by famed Swiss architect Maurice Fatio in 1932 and recently landmarked, this European-style two-story residence combines elegantly detailed yet warm formal areas with comfortable and casual spaces. Notable features include original Spanish tile, terrazzo floors, and restored hardwood flooring. High ceilings and crown moldings accentuate the grandeur and scale of rooms on both the lower and upper level. Admire the sparkling pool from under the covered loggia with a gorgeous hand-painted wall mural or from within the elegant family room lined with a wall of arched windows. The large pool and plethora of gathering areas set the tone for easy entertaining, both inside and out.  

Elegant Estate With Dreamy Courtyard

5 Bedrooms | 5.2 Bathrooms | 8,148 Square Feet

Address: 217 Via Tortuga | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

This breathtaking European-inspired two-story residence effortlessly combines elegant charm with comfortable, casual spaces. A grand foyer with a dramatic marble and wrought iron circular staircase leads to a formal living room with a soaring tray ceiling and a cast stone fireplace. The gourmet chef's kitchen connects to a family room with six sets of French doors offering beautiful views of the heated pool with a fountain and spectacular garden landscape all around. The airy courtyard serves as the heart of the residence, featuring several conversation areas for entertaining or dining alfresco. Complete with a sitting room, sumptuous closets, and a marble bath, the extravagant master suite is secluded downstairs, while three bedroom suites, two with balcony views, comprise the upstairs level.  

Masterfully Renovated Residence Built in 1928

6 Bedrooms | 6.2 Bathrooms | 7,472 Square Feet

Address: 240 Jungle Road | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

Beautifully conceived by Swiss master architect, Maurice Fatio, in 1928, this remarkable residence was landmarked in 2012. It was twice renovated and now encompasses over 7,400 total square feet. Original Spanish tile flooring that unifies much of the residence has been lovingly preserved over the years. Much of the living space in this historic residence focuses on the exterior, which has a south-facing covered loggia, a wet bar, multiple areas for lounging, a sparkling pool, mature trees, and lush landscaping all around.  

Brand New Contemporary Masterpiece

5 Bedrooms | 5.1 Bathrooms | 5,187 Square Feet

Address: 152 Dolphin Road | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

This brand new contemporary residence is a remarkable sight to see, featuring clean lines, sophisticated detail, and designer finishes throughout. Finished in 2017, the five-bedroom estate was conceived by Lebarge & Menard Architects, built by Beacon Construction, decorated by H-Interior Design, and landscaped by Neviera Williams. Notable elements include the curved white-washed oak staircase with lighted railings, the horizontal living room fireplace, vaulted ceilings, herringbone-pattern washed oak floors and more. The result is a light, fluid and refreshingly simple look throughout. The intelligent floor plan invites indoor and outdoor living, and sliding glass and transparent French doors connect the interior living spaces with relaxing poolside lounge areas.  

Traditional Residence With Colorful Details

6 Bedrooms | 6.1 Bathrooms | 5,460 Square Feet

Address: 137 Dunbar Road | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

Travel along a long paved iron-gated entry drive to encounter this architectural masterpiece hedged and walled for privacy. The main traditional Palm Beach residence is accompanied by a single-story guest house, both of which surround a courtyard-like environ with a covered loggia, a heated resort-style pool, and a spa. The main residence features both formal spaces and more playful and comfortable rooms, such as the "Venetian room" with hand-painted murals, a multi-beam ceiling, white marble floor tiles, and French doors leading to the courtyard. Every major room is designed to lead outside, connecting indoor and outdoor living.  

Relatively New Property in the Heart of Palm Beach

3 Bedrooms | 4.1 Bathrooms | 4,126 Square Feet

Address: 308 Cocoanut Row | Listed By: Jim McCann & Associates

This stunning two-story residence is situated along Cocoanut Row near the very heart of Palm Beach. The estate was recently created by Wittmann Building with extraordinary quality, fine finishings and detail, and the security of concrete construction. Guests enter the home through a louver-like front door into a soaring two-story foyer offering views through the living room to the loggia and pool beyond. The living room features a cast stone gas fireplace, extensive windows, and French doors opening to the pool area. The luxurious master suite also opens to a sun terrace with serene landscaping and pool views.  

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