January 6, 2008

Gumbo Limbo Park

Before we left Florida, Mommy, Mom-Mom & I took Lilly to Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex in Boca Raton. Gumbo Limbo is a part of Red Reef Park that has been preserved to show what the vegetation looked like prior to settlement. There are also labs on site where FAU takes care of and studies the wildlife. There is a thick, lush tropical forest canopy, which a boardwalk snakes it's way through. Lilly loved running around the boardwalk, and we had a real tough time keeping up. There's an observation tower that we climbed and viewed the Ocean on one side and the Intercoastal Waterway and Mangroves on the other. Back down on the ground, Lilly wanted to run right into the water! The highlight of the visit had to be the large holding tanks with all types of native fish and wildlife inside. Lilly saw rays, nurse sharks, a GIANT lobster, starfish, all kinds of fish, and turtles. She had so much fun, she didn't want to leave. Before we did leave, we also checked out the butterfly garden. It was a bit chilly that week, so there weren't many butterflies, but a few fluttered by to keep us all entertained.

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