Boca Raton

Boca Raton is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA, incorporated in May 1925. In the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764; the 2006 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 86,396. The Census 2010 count was down slightly, to 84,392.

However, the majority of the people under the postal address of Boca Raton, about 200,000 in total, do not actually reside within Boca Raton’s municipal boundaries. As a business center, the city’s daytime population increases significantly.

Places To Visit and Things To Do

Boca Raton has a variety of places and activities that will keep you and family very busy.

Parks

Mizner Park Amphitheater

The Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Mizner Park, a state-of- the-art outdoor amphitheater, colonnade and concert green which accommodates 4,200 people, opened in November 2002. In October of 2010, the City of Boca Raton took over the operations and ownership of the amphitheater.

The facility serves as a social, cultural and educational center for South County residents and draws audiences from throughout South Florida. Since its inaugural year, the amphitheater has entertained more than one million people.

Programming at the amphitheater includes a variety of community events, city events, and commercial concerts.

For more information visit to Mizner Park Amphitheater website

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Founded in 1984, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, The Palm Beach County School District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Each year, more than 100,000 local and tourist visitors receive valuable environmental education while enjoying respite from the city bustle.

As a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals – some rare or endangered – but represents a commitment to protect our natural resources by our Members, Volunteers, and the organizations that comprise the Center.

Visit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center website for information on upcoming events

South County Regional Park

South County Regional Park is HUGE. If it’s not technically huge, it sure seems that way! Located west of Boca Raton in southern Palm Beach County, South County Regional Park is truly a place where you can do ANYTHING. There are plenty of sports fields (including racquetball, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and even a water ski school), and several multi-purpose lighted fields.

The park is also home to the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Canine Cove Dog Park, Daggerwing Nature Center, Coconut Cove Recreation Center, Coconut Cove Water Park, and even a radio-controled car course. There are a bunch of single-table picnic areas with grills, as well as full-sized pavilions. There’s a bike path, an exercise course, playgrounds, and freshwater fishing.

Our trip on this day in hot, hot June was specifically for the boardwalk at the Daggerwing Nature Center. It was a nice (if hot) walk through native Florida to the observation tower. We saw a lot of bizarre fruits we had never seen before, like pond apples and whatever grows on cypress trees. A little wildlife – a raccoon and a few squirrels, and a million dragonflies. We also passed the butterfly garden by the nature center which included something the gardens typically don’t – butterflies!

This is a great multi-purpose park with plenty of parking and restrooms. It’s open sunrise to sunset, with some lighted fields and courts open until 11 PM.

Visit South County Regional Park for more information

Restaurants

Ocean 234

Whether watching the palms sway in the breeze or the afternoon clouds cascade across the Atlantic Ocean, the atmosphere is always perfect at Oceans234. Relax in our comfortable beachfront setting and savor the most exquisitely inspired cuisine South Florida has to offer. The sights aromas and tastes of Oceans will awaken your senses with an unparalleled dining experience. Oceans 234 has proved time and again that we are “So much more than just the View”.

Chef Victor Franco has created a menu at Oceans234 inspired by choice local ingredients and deliciously handcrafted sauces. His carefully thought out dishes cater to all of your senses. The tastes, aromas and textures marry together in a perfect symphony of flavors. Chef Victor’s unique touch is sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Visit www.oceans234.com for more information and reservations

Max’s Grille in Mizner Park

Max’s Grille opened its doors in 1991 and quickly became Boca Raton’s favorite neighborhood restaurant. Max’s has long been heralded for a contemporary menu with Asian and Latin influences paired with a splendid array of wine.

The menu receives accolades and reviews by national titles such as Wine Spectator & Food Arts as well as holding many favorite dishes with bold flavors that makeup a sublime dining experience.

Specials change daily and are derived from seasonal local ingredients to create optimal flavors. Max’s commitment is that you will love the food, beverage, great service & atmosphere.

Visit www.maxsgrille.com for more information and reservations

 

History

“Boca Raton” can be loosely defined as “Mouth of the Rat” or “Rat’s Mouth” (In Spanish “boca” is mouth and “raton” is “mouse” and sometimes referred as “rat”). However, in nautical terms the word “boca” refers to an inlet. The original name “Boca de Ratones” appeared on eighteenth century maps associated with an inlet in the Biscayne Bay area of Miami.

By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly moved north to its current location on most maps and applied to the inland waterway from the closed inlet north for 8.5 miles (13.7 km), which was called the “Boca Ratones Lagoon”. The word “ratones” appears in old Spanish maritime dictionaries referring to “rugged rocks or stony ground on the bottom of some ports and coastal outlets, where the cables rub against”.

Therefore the abridged translation defining “Boca de Ratones” is “a shallow inlet of sharp-pointed rocks which scrapes a ship’s cables”.The first settler was T. M. Rickards in 1895 who resided in a house made of driftwood on the east side of the East Coast Canal south of what is now the Palmetto Park Road bridge. He surveyed and sold land from the canal to beyond the railroad north of what is now Palmetto Park Road.

Education

Public schools

Public education is provided and managed by The School District of Palm Beach County. Boca Raton is also home to several notable private and religious schools.

As of 2007, Boca Raton is served by four public high schools. Within the city’s limits, Boca Raton Community High School serves the eastern part of the city. Spanish River Community High School serves the west-central part of the city limits and parts of unincorporated Boca Raton. Olympic Heights Community High School serves the western unincorporated areas. Finally, West Boca Raton Community High School serves the far-west unincorporated areas. Spanish River, Olympic Heights, and West Boca Raton also serve students from Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

The area is served by five public middle schools:

The area is served by twelve public elementary schools:

  • Addison Mizner Elementary (Founded in 1968. It is named after Addison Mizner.)
  • Boca Raton Elementary
  • Calusa Elementary
  • Coral Sunset Elementary
  • Del Prado Elementary
  • Hammock Pointe Elementary
  • J.C. Mitchell Elementary
  • Sandpiper Shores Elementary
  • Sunrise Park Elementary
  • Verde Elementary
  • Waters Edge Elementary
  • Whispering Pines Elementary

An alternative to the Palm Beach County Public Schools in Boca Raton is the Alexander D. Henderson University School is located on the Florida Atlantic University campus. A. D. Henderson University School (ADHUS) is organized as a unique and separate school district; it is not part of the Palm Beach County School System. Henderson School is recognized as Florida Atlantic University School District #72, under the College of Education’s administrative oversight.

Private schools

Pope John Paul II High School is a Catholicschool located in Boca Raton near Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University.
  • Hillel Day School of Boca Raton
  • Boca Raton Christian School
  • Pine Crest School, based in Fort Lauderdale, has a campus in Boca Raton.
  • Saint Jude Catholic School and Parish Saint Jude School and Parish is an Elementary and Middle School founded in 1985. The Parish also has a Preschool founded in 1995.
  • Saint Andrew’s School
  • Pope John Paul II High School
  • Grandview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.[37]
  • Donna Klein Jewish Academy
  • Boca Prep International School
  • Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
  • Weinbaum Yeshiva High School
  • Summit Private School, a Montessori school
  • Spanish River Christian
  • Saint Paul Lutheran School
  • Advent Lutheran School
  • Claremont Montessori School
  • American Heritage School

Higher education

In recognition of the rapid growth of Boca Raton’s universities, in particular Florida Atlantic University, the city of Boca Raton has recently been referred to as a “burgeoning college town.” 

University schools in Florida are authorized to provide instruction for grades K-12 and university students, support university research efforts, and test educational reforms for Florida schools. ADHUS is a public school and thus does not charge tuition. It is open to children who reside in Palm Beach County or Broward County and admission is by lottery. Student characteristics of gender, race, family income and student ability are used to match the student population profile to that of the state.

Boca Raton Real Estate Just For You!

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,934 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,276 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 0
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,526 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 1

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Credits:

Wikipedia website

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Max’s Griller at Minzer Park

Ocean 234

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Mizner Park Amphitheater

 

 

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