The coastal city of Boca Raton is located in Palm BeachCounty, Florida, about 20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and 30 miles south ofPalm Beach. The city is also situated about 50 miles north of Miami. The meaning of the city's name is oftenmistakenly interpreted as the literal translation of the Spanish "BocaRaton" ("Rat's Mouth") but the origin of the name is more likelyderived from a more colloquial translation, "Thieves Inlet", whichprobably refers to a nearby geographical inlet in the Biscayne Bay area. Incorporated in 1925, Boca Raton hasexperienced a steady rate of substantial growth since that time.
Attractions in Boca Raton
One of South Florida's leading cultural institutions is theBoca Raton Museum of Art. The 44,000 square foot facility attracts hundreds ofthousands of visitors annually to its galleries and programs, which includepermanent and traveling exhibitions, an educational gallery, and an expandedsculpture garden. The Boca Raton Historical Society Museum is housed in arestored Mediterranean Revival style building featuring a gold dome, cypressmillwork, and fan-lit windows. The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, named foran indigenous hardwood tree with continuously shedding bark, is a 20-acrecomplex protecting one of the few surviving forest islands (also known ascoastal hammocks) in South Florida. Visitors can walk on a half-mile longelevated boardwalk terminating at a 40-foot tall observation tower. The SportsImmortals Museum houses a huge collection of sports memorabilia, includingnotable mementos encompassing several varieties of sports. Annual events inBoca Raton include the Meet Me Downtown Festival, a fun filled two day festivalwhich includes a flower show, live entertainment, festival foods, and achildren's area; and the Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade, a city tradition forover 25 years, where magnificent boats make their way on the IntracoastalWaterway from the Boca Raton-Delray Beach border south to the HillsboroBoulevard Bridge.