Posted in: Living Posted on: Feb 24th, 2015

Gear Up for Family-Friendly fun in Boynton Beach, FL

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In a region replete with sandy beaches and parks, it’s not difficult to find kid-friendly things to do in Boynton Beach, FL—at least, on a sunny day. When the sun goes into hiding, however, you’ll have to get a bit more creative. Don’t fret, though. Whether dark clouds fill the sky or sun streams freely from above, you’ll be able to find something to entertain you and your family in Boynton Beach and its surrounding area.

Parks and Outdoor Fun

When skies are blue, Boynton Beach is your oyster. Its many parks can keep kids entertained all day—and you probably won’t mind visiting them, either. The Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center is one of the most popular spots in town. Guests love to look for turtles and alligators wading in the murky waters from the safety of the boardwalk. You and your kids can learn more about the native animals (and plants) at the Nature Center, which has hands-on exhibits that are as engaging as they are educational. You’ll encounter similar creatures at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, another popular park.

If your children have never seen the striking foliage and gnarled branches that distinguish the mangrove trees, take them to Mangrove Park. Its wooden boardwalk snakes through the canopy of a native mangrove forest, filled with sturdy trees that rise right from the muddy water. Though the Mangrove Park is a good place for a stroll, more active kids might appreciate taking a hay ride or petting a barnyard animal at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market.

Indoor Entertainment

Even in a state as notoriously beautiful as Florida, you should keep a few inside activities on the back burner. One of locals’ favorites rain-day activities is taking a trip to the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center. Kids can role-play as Florida’s earliest pioneers at its many interactive exhibits. They’ll ring the bell on the train at the Depot, practice milking a cow with a life-sized model at the Dairy Farm, and perhaps play restaurant at the mini Boynton Beach Hotel.

You can also bring your family to AMF Boynton Beach Lanes, a bowling alley with 32 glossy lanes ready and waiting from morning to night (sometimes midnight) every day of the week. Since the bowling alley also serves a full menu of kid-friendly eats (think pizza, hot dogs, and burgers), you can stay for dinner after your game, too. AMF Boynton Beach Lanes even offers a separate children’s menu just for smaller appetites.

If you’re willing to venture a bit beyond city limits to keep your kids entertained, check out Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory in nearby Greenacres. Not only can you buy a few sweets to take home, but also you can watch them actually being crafted through observation windows in the store. Once you’ve seen the chocolate makers in action, pick one of Hoffman’s 70-plus treats to sample, perhaps the dark-chocolate-covered pretzels or the maple walnut fudge.