Ready to take a day trip to South Florida but don’t want to deal with the tourist traps? Travel to the Treasure Coast’s lesser-known gem, Boca Raton, which is just 132 statute miles from Ridge Landing’s centrally located residential airpark. You’ll fly into Boca Raton Airport, which offers an easy opportunity for you to hop onto Interstate 95, the main artery for Florida’s eastern shoreline cities.
Boca Raton is a beautiful place for folks of all types to enjoy – boasting manicured landscapes, lush foliage and clean roadways, this little city on the beach is a little different than it’s counterparts, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. A 30-minute drive north of Lauderdale, Boca Raton is an upscale city yet it’s generally unpretentious.
Escape away to the Boca Raton area for an aviation destination that will give you a new appreciation for the Treasure Coast. To make your next trip easier, we went ahead and asked the locals just which spots were the best in town. After all, it’s always best to hear it from a local, right?
Tee Time: With real estate nestled along both the intercostal and the beach, many residents enjoy this sunny slice of South Florida by taking a breezy walk down A1A. But if golf is more your game, get into the swing of things at Deer Creek Golf Club. Located in Deerfield, just a couple minutes south of Boca, Deer Creek Golf Club is one of South Florida’s highest reviewed courses, and its known for its rare rolling fairways. And no need to worry about memberships – this course is open to the public. Call (954) 412-5550 to schedule your next tee time or if you’d like more info.
After 18 holes, you may get a little hungry. While in Deerfield, head over to Whale’s Rib Raw Bar, a hole-in-the-wall joint that locals love to rave about. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this unassuming eatery is the place to go for a seafood fix.
History Lesson: Did you know that early immigrants from Japan once came to Boca in the 20th century to establish an agricultural community? Though it did not succeed, you can still see what could’ve been, by visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. A product of a 200-acre donation from initial settlement member, George Morikami, this land has blossomed into a beautiful tribute to the Japanese culture. Featuring beautiful gardens, waters, and Japanese artifacts for visitors to enrich their world-view, the complex also houses artwork, bonsai, an authentic teahouse, café, theater, library, and a multi-media center. Call (561) 495-0233 for hours, directions and more.
Stay Local: Don’t let the word “downtown” mislead you – Boca Raton’s downtown area is much more sophisticated than traditional city downtowns. When headed to downtown Boca, be sure to tell your driver you’re going to Mizner Park. Mizner Park is a beautifully built open-air mall with upscale dining, shopping and entertainment options all strung together within an inviting ambiance. Also on the Mizner Park grounds, you’ll find an amphitheater and an eight-screen movie theater. Call for more information on shops, eateries and events: (561) 362-0606.
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Try Max’s Grille in Mizner for new American fare and a people-watching patio seat, or when you’re ready to venture out of downtown, take your appetite to Abe & Louie’s, a divine dining destination that will make you feel like a club member with prestige.
Delray Digs: If you’re looking to see what Delray Beach has to offer, take a 10-minute ride up I-95 north, and you’ll find a quaint beach town with sidewalk shops, unique dining and fun bars. Situated on a street called Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray has increasingly become a hot spot over the years and is now a charming and diverse area that offers visitors a delightful, walkable experience. For a bite to eat, grab a table near the expansive windows at luxurious 50 Ocean. You can watch the sunset from this upstairs location at the very end of the Avenue, just across the street from the beach. At 50 Ocean, enjoy specialty cocktails and unique eats as well as savory seafood.
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Looking for some bustle? The Ave is also a host to many festivals and street events. Call (561) 278-0424 if you’re interested in visiting during one of those times.
Although we’d love to provide you with a comprehensive guide to Boca Raton and its many activities, there’s just not enough room. Luckily, the Atlantic FBO’s got you covered – give Michele Meikle a call if you need more pointers for navigating the Boca area. She’s a smiling source beaming with insider information about the city, and can help with anything from snagging you a car for the day or suggesting a place to eat. Call Michele prior to liftoff at: (561) 368-1110.