Children play in the Sea Turtle Garden. These life-size sculptures were created over several years by artist Colin Christian. The garden is dedicated to Gordon Gilbert, the nature center's founding director. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
After almost 17 months of coronavirus seclusion, Gumbo Limbo’s indoor nature center and gift shop, aquariums and sea turtle rehabilitation facility are open again to the public. Boca Raton officials closed the center in mid-March 2020 in response to the COVID threat. Workers continued to rehabilitate injured or sick sea turtles and maintain sea creatures in the aquariums, just without public participation. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 4 p.m. Monday. Nature trails are open every day from 7 a.m. to sunset, though restrooms are not available when the nature center is closed.