red reef beach park is one of the city of boca raton's beach parks. what makes this beach park unique is red reef just off the beach which offers excellent snorkeling. boca raton city parks are very expensive. if you are just going to the beach for bathing and sunning i would suggest south inlet park to the south or delray beach park to the north. in the city of boca raton parking is $16 during the week and $18 on holidays and weekends.
south inlet park is a county owned beach access in boca raton. south inlet has a beautiful beach and excellent fishing on inlet jetty. the parking fee for south inlet park is significantly lower than the boca raton city parks.
located just north of the boca raton city limits in delray beach is the atlantic dunes beach park. this beautiful beach has metered parking for $1 per hour. this beach is a good alternative to the expensive boca raton city beach parks.
Mizner Park is a three block long self-styled " lifestyle " center incorporating an upscale shopping mall, multiple dining establishments, rental apartments and commercial offices, and a cultural center as well as a multiplex cinema. The architectural style is Mediterranean with a wide median down the main thoroughfare with walkways, palm trees, gazebos, and fountains. Constructed in the late 1980's and early 1990's, it replaced a failed conventional enclosed mall.
The shopping includes the anticipated offerings, some local stores and others national and international names with clothing and accessory stores dominating, spiced up by a pet boutique and a large jewelry store. Restaurants include American, French, Mexican, and Italian offerings ( no bars ) with scattered yogurt and ice creams stores, optometrist, and other outliers. At the north end of the complex lies the cultural center which includes an art museum and the 4200 capacity Count de Hoernle amphitheatre, a state of the art venue offering a full gamut of concerts and shows from classic to rock.
At the entrance to the museum is the bronze statue entitled Space Station by Cuban sculptor Julio Larraz. A coffee pot sits atop a skewed column of coffee cups, a humorous appraisal of Latin American politics as a structure ready to collapse because of its own instabilities.
Mizner Park offers a nice way to pass several hours wandering through the stores, stopping for a bit of sustenance, and perhaps picking up some culture at the art museum.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is world renowned. It's 356-acre estate abounds with exotic birds, brilliant tropical flora and beautiful, historic architecture.
Guests and Members of the Resort and Club participate in an unparalleled range of sports activities, enjoy a variety of outstanding restaurants and entertainment, and experience a wealth of activities for the entire family.
Extensive renovations and refurbishments have taken place recently at the world-class property. Highlights include a new $10 million Tennis & Fitness Center, a $6.5 million renovation and reconstruction of the Resort Course and a new $40 million meeting and conference facility -- The Mizner Center. Additionally, guestrooms, meeting facilities, marina, restaurants, lounges, gardens and pools have been recently upgraded, repaired and refurbished. Annually, $10 million is spent on upkeep and maintenance at Boca. This 'renovations never rests' philosophy is at the heart of the Resort and Club's capital improvement program with the goal of providing the most luxurious surroundings for the most selective people in the world.
Enjoy unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art wrapped in an ocean breeze that makes your time under the sun and stars simply refreshing. An adorable place to just hang out and not feel like you are at the mall. They even provide valet parking (in the middle of the plaza).
The Museum's collection numbers over 4000 works of art, originating from and encompassing a diversity of sources, cultures, and periods. While the Museum can boast wide-ranging collections, its strengths lie in American and European modern and contemporary painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics and photography, pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican art, and West African Tribal art, Oceanic art and antiquities.
The Japanese garden that dates from 1905, when an entrepreneurial farmer, Jo Sakai, came to Boca Raton to build a tropical agricultural community. The Yamato Colony, as it was known, was short-lived; by the 1920s, only one tenacious colonist remained: George Sukeji Morikami. But Morikami was quite successful, eventually running one of the largest pineapple plantations in the area. The 200-acre Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, which opened to the public in 1977, was Morikami's gift to Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. A stroll through the garden is almost a mile long. An artificial waterfall that cascades into a koi- and carp-filled moat; a small rock garden for meditation; and a large bonsai collection with miniature maple, buttonwood, juniper, and Australian pine trees are all worth contemplation. There's also a cafe with an Asian-inspired menu and gift shop.
The Festival which is held at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater features the best of the best in classical, opera, jazz, Latin music and literature. Last year we heard Anna Quinlin of the NY Times speak.
Runs March 1-11.
Returning favorites for 2008 include the National Russian Orchestra, in demand worldwide and at major international music festivals (Edinburgh, Lucerne, and Sydney) under the direction of Teodor Currentzis, Music Director of Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre; along with one of the most celebrated international conductors of all time, Claus Peter Flor who has appeared regularly with some of the most recognized music ensembles in the world (Vienna Symphony, Orchestra de Paris, London Symphony, and Orchestra de Milan.)
Featured returning soloists for 2008 will include: internationally acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, cellist Nina Kotova, and flutists Lady Jeanne and Sir James Galway.
Jazz artists scheduled to appear include: Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton.
Royal Palm Polo, an official club of the United States Polo Association, known as: "The Winter Polo Capital of the World". This action packed sport is played at Royal Palm Polo each Sunday January through April and July through October. Horses gallop across the field at speeds in excess of 40 mph carrying world class professional players. Fieldside admission includes bleacher seats or fieldside parking. The cost is $15.00 per car.
Stroll thru the butterfly gardens, climb the observations tower or walk the winding boardwalk thru pristine coastal hammock. Visit the salt water tanks brimming with sea turtles and other marine life. Main building houses a gift shop with beautiful tiffany glass windows.
The first time that my mom suggested I visit here, I thought she was trying to send me to some cajun center. It turned out to be a very interesting place. It shows the native plants and animals in their own setting. There's a nature trail through swamps that's on a boardwalk. Picture this: I'm all by myself on this trail (I guess everyone else was at the mall). I'm admiring the mangroves and minding my own business when I see this big, big snake coming up the side of the boardwalk towards me. Now, I'm not a fast runner but I think I beat every record in the book. So I see a trail guide up ahead and I was going to ask her about the snake when I see her pointing to an alligator up ahead. A baby alligator about 3 feet long but do I care? No, I got the heck out of there. But the center was still nice.
The beaches are gorgeous and well maintained. If you are staying near Ocean Drive or A1A, most of the access is limited because of lack of parking except at the public areas. This creates a real sense of privacy in some beach areas.
There are public beaches where you will see more of a crowd but not like SOBE.
Emphasis on post World War II American art - and many interesting contemporary pieces by artists of the last quarter century. Indoors the museum is much more interesting than you might be led to expect if you judge look at it from its exterior.
Free parking is nice!
The Count and Countess de Hoernle are local philanthropists who contribute significantly to local and regional causes. The Amphitheatre stages and hosts a wide variety of cultural events through the year. It is located adjacent to the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park. Guests over the last few years have ranged from Lynard Skynard to Sir Salmon Rushdie to Duran Duran to Itzhak Perlman.
A large tent is erected over the grass for major events at the amphitheatre.