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The Ultimate Guide To Boca Raton Colleges And Universities

the ultimate guide to colleges & universities

South Florida may not have the prestigious history of centuries' old universities lining the northeast, nor the Pacific Coast technical institutions pacing the ascension of Silicon Valley, but South Florida is an enormous market attracting some of the best minds in the world to our local economy. From Miami to Palm Beach, numerous educational institutions show massive influence growth as their numbers rise and funding pours in. Whether looking to relocate to Boca Raton or as an existing resident, our exhaustive list of Boca Raton Colleges & Universities is here. 

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic Universities

Palm Beach County's best-known public university, FAU was founded in 1961 but vaulted to national prominence with the growth of its campus and the ascension of its athletics program to relevance. As of 2018, its enrollment has grown to over 30,000 students representing over 140 countries. The earmark year of 2004 marked FAU's transition into a more traditional university, with an increase in admissions stringency, research funding, and the addition of an on-campus stadium. For a prominent, constantly growing university experience, look no further to FAU.

Lynn University

Lynn University

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Namaste! Bliss Out At These 4 Boca Raton Yoga Studios

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In just a few short years, Yoga has gone from a fringe activity that we'd commonly associate with... ahem... new-age types, and is now a facet of everyday life for millions of Americans. Among many things, the Boca Raton community vibe is sustained by people who work hard, play hard, and take care of their bodies. For some, yoga is a way of life. For others, an essential way to break up a busy week. Whatever your reason for coming to Boca Raton, bliss out at one of these 4 (among many) great Boca Raton yoga studios.

Yoga Joint Central Boca

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The Brainchild of founder Paige Held, the yoga joint brand has now expanded to 6 locations, with an additional 2 sets to open this year. The yoga joint is a hot yoga studio featuring their signature vinyasa flow, yin/restore, and high-intensity fit classes focusing on core strength and cardiovascular endurance. all under the purifying infrared lighting that makes so many moments at YJ as photogenic as they are healing.

Keshava Radha Yoga Inc.

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5 Venomous and Predatory Wild Animals In Boca Raton

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Florida has a semi-comical reputation as the "Australia of America" mostly due to its numerous venomous and predatory animals. the flora and fauna of Florida have adapted to our subtropical environs, providing a backdrop for both prehistoric and invasive species. While these animals are something to be wary of encountering, by no means should we live in fear of these incredible creatures. A healthy respect and a basic body of knowledge will go a long way in keeping our Boca Raton environment clean and preparing you for the potential of an encounter. Remember, these animals largely want nothing to do with you, and it's their environment we call home. Here are 5 predatory and venomous creatures that call Boca Raton home.

Cottonmouth

venomous cottonmouth snake

Also known as the Water Moccasin, this aquatic dwelling pit viper can be found largely in muddy flats, lakefronts, puddles, and moist woodland. Given their name for their distinctively white mouths, these are among the most commonly encountered venomous snakes in Florida. While bites are infrequent and rarely deadly, these snakes should not be taken lightly, especially after heavy rains and flooding.

Portuguese Man o' War

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The Best Island Food In Boca Raton | Caribbean Food Near Me

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Boca Raton is home to some of the best fine dining in South Florida. You are never far from outstanding Italian food or sensual French cuisine. However, often overlooked is the cuisine of our closest international neighbors: the island of the Caribbean. Below are some of the best Boca Raton Caribbean restaurants for your dining pleasure!

Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro

  • 2399 N Federal Hwy Unit C, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Craving some ackee and saltfish? No? Ever heard of it? It’s the Jamaican national dish and you will forevermore after your first plate of it at Rocksteady, one of the best places to find Jamaican food in Boca Raton and all of South Florida. You’ll find favorites such as jerk chicken or shrimp, baby back ribs, or brown stew chicken, along with some curry goat to leave your comfort zone. Inside, you will be greeted by modern décor and authentic personalities from the island. You will be well taken care of from your first visit.

Caribbean Grill Cuban Restaurant

  • 1332 NW Boca Raton Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432 

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The Best Everyday Italian Restaurants In Boca Raton

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The comfort food that transformed America - the 20th-century contribution of Italian-Americans to our national cuisine cannot be ignored. From massive delivery pizza chains to high-end trattorias, Italian food in boca Raton is a flourishing culinary scene, with a spot for every moment and a dish for every taste. see where some of the best Italian food in Boca Raton can be found below!

Maggiano's Little Italy

penne arrabiata with basil

Maggiano's has endured as one of Boca Raton's best Italian restaurants. Just northeast of our Central Boca Raton office, Maggiano's has been a popular destination for birthdays, date nights, graduation parties, and whatever reason calls you and your loved ones to gather. Their menu covers it all - classic Italian favorites, high-end steaks, and delectable cocktails. There's a reason Maggiano's is still a popular Italian restaurant in Boca Raton - and they continue to forge ahead with a great reputation around the community.

Giuseppe's Cafe

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The Best Pho and Ramen In Boca Raton | Where To Get Pho In Boca

the best pho and ramen in boca raton

Boca Raton has long been renowned for its trendy cocktail bars and exquisite cuisine. Thanks to South Florida's position as one of the biggest trending real estate markets in the country, people from around the world venture to visit and take residence in our beautiful beachfront community. Thankfully, their flavors tend to follow! Asian noodle bowls like the Japanese ramen and Vietnamese Pho have taken root in our hearts and carved their place in our local cuisine. Check out 5 of the best places to get pho and ramen in Boca Raton today!

Kapow Noodle Bar

pho in black bowl topped with greens

This trendy pan-Asian restaurant sits at the heart of Mizner Park, and seems to always be full of happy customers. Formed from a triumvirate of South Florida restauranteurs, this comic-themed contemporary Asian restaurant brings the vibrancy of South Florida to the modern twist of pan-Asian cuisine. Specializing in small plates, noodles, and shareables - Kapow is one of the most fun places to enjoy pho and ramen in Boca Raton.

Basilic Vietnamese Grill

ramen with corn and soy base

Perhaps the most purely Vietnamese place to get pho in Boca Raton, Basilic has a longstanding tradition of being one of the foremost East Asian restaurants in Boca Raton. Situated off U.S. 1 in the Mizner Park area, this unassuming...

5 Of The Best Shopping Centers, Malls & Retail Districts in Boca Raton

shopping districts in boca ratonThe Boca Raton's lifestyle is elegant but relaxed, but we certainly love our creature comforts. Almost anything you need is within a ten-minute drive to some of the best malls or cutest boutiques that our seaside town has to offer. Here are 5 of the best shopping centers, malls, and retail districts in Boca Raton!

Town Center at Boca Raton

6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Undeniably the gold standard for malls in Florida, or nationally for that matter. Town Center is the once, present, and future center of life for many a teenager, working professional or the leisurely retired. With its wide, avenue-like hallways with ceilings that reach up to three stories, and, most importantly, impeccable A/C maintenance in the summer, Town Center offers Boca Raton residents shops from the mid-range to Louis Vuitton. There are also ample restaurants, such as The Capital Grille or Grand Lux Café, to Earl of Sandwich and Chick-fil-A. Come as you are, because there is simply something for everyone at this Boca Raton mall!

Mizner Park

327 Plaza Real Suite 315, Boca Raton, FL 33432

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As one of the most charming and open-air shopping districts in Boca, Mizner Park possesses an actual...

Get Fit In Boca Raton | 4 of the Best Gyms In Boca

In a place that's as humid and searingly hot as Boca Raton, with so much beach to explore, fitness is at a premium. Part environmental and part cultural, South Florida's workout and fitness culture is thriving, and growing! As we learn more about the many benefits of frequent exercise, find out where to try something a little different in Boca Raton - with these 4 incredible Boca gyms to check out!

Pit Fitness

Pit Fitness is a multipurpose HIIT (high intensity interval training) facility with an indoor/outdoor vibe, located just off Federal Highway. Pit Fitness is not for the faint of heart, and despite training all ages and body types, these classes are intense and driven - built around the fusion of hard work, motivation, and modern exercise science. For those recently moving to Boca Raton, Pit Fitness is a great place to socialize and meet new people, all while working on that beach body.

Busy Body Fitness Premium

dumbbell lunges in gym

Busy Body Fitness Premium in East Boca is the place to get the upscale treatment at a cost most can afford. Setting out to marry the deluxe with the discernible, Busy Body Fitness East Boca provides luxury amenities, high quality exercise technology, and one of the best personal training staff's in Boca Raton.

Purlife Fitness Center

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The Best Rainy Day Activities in Boca Raton | Indoor Activities In Boca

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There's nothing quite like a midsummer in South Florida. The incredible heat, flash storms, and humidity all make outdoor fun in Boca Raton a challenge to plan for. While we get sun almost every day, the midsummer rain showers also are a relatively consistent expectation during hurricane season. Whether just looking to stay dry, or escape the dangers of lightning - here are rainy day activities for kids and adults alike!

Visit the Boca Raton Children's Museum

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This local gem is one of the best museums in Boca Raton. Founded in 1979 by the Junior League of Boca Raton, this is the first children's museum anywhere in Florida. Full of interactive exhibits, exciting presentations and educational programs, the Boca Raton Children's museum has enriched the lives of well over a million children and continues to expand its impressive legacy as the forerunning of children's museum education in our state. 

The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum

Sure to ahem... light the fuse in your imagination, The Wick Theater & Costume Museum is one of the finest cultural establishments in Boca Raton - and a surefire way to enrich your rainy afternoon. Their theater delivers a slice...

Boca Raton’s Best Public Pools | Stay Cool This Summer

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Boca Raton Swim Center

kids swimming underwater in pool

The Boca Raton Swim Center is a city-owned pool complex at Meadows Park. This pool is open year-round from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends. This complex features a 25 yard, 6 lanes Olympic-style pool, temperature regulation, a spa, kiddie pool, aquatic chair lift, and pool equipment such as kickboards and noodles. Their staff is highly qualified, with each possessing several major water safety certifications and emergency administration. Perhaps best of all, swim instructors hold a Special Needs Water Certification, making the Boca Raton Swim Center a great place to gather, cool off, and enjoy the water.

Deerfield Beach Aquatic Center

crystal clear swimming pool

The Deerfield Beach aquatic center is located just a short trip south of Boca Raton proper - but we had to mention this sprawling athletic facility. This Olympic-sized pool includes a zero-depth entry, 8 lanes at a full 50 meters, and 10 lanes at 25 meters. The pool offers all-age group and private swimming lessons and even fields a competitive swim team - The Dolphins. This year-round recreational competitive swimming program offers instruction in all 4 major...

The Ultimate Guide To Waterfront Dining | Boca Raton Waterfront Dining

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Boca Raton is synonymous with the beautiful shining strands of shoreline, abundantly lush deciduous gardens, and a glamorous lifestyle between it all. Perhaps nowhere is the fusion between our natural environment and luxury lifestyle better than our many waterfront dining options. For those moving to or visiting Boca Raton, we're sure a beautiful waterfront dinner is top of mind after settling in. Whether along our sprawling Intracoastal or right on the beach, here's our Ultimate Guide to Waterfront Dining in Boca Raton. 

JB's On the Beach

waterfront dining on boardwalk

Boasting over 3,800 sterling Google reviews, JB's on the beach is first on our list for a reason. Though technically a Deerfield Beach location, it's too close and too lauded to omit from our list. Featuring a lovely blue/white nautically styled interior, the beach club vibe is felt in every square foot of JB's. Just a few feet from the beach view is a wooded walkway that takes you right to the sand. For the perfect endcap to a wonderful day on Deerfield Beach, find a spot at JB's.

Oceans 234

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Best Burgers In Boca Raton | Where To Get A Burger In Boca

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The hamburger - a Germanic sounding, very American classic of cuisine. This piled-high grilled sandwich has won the hearts & minds of our nation, as a central staple to any festive outing, patriotic holiday, outdoor party, ball game and so much more. With so many new people moving to Boca Raton, we wanted to ask our realtors who they thought had the best burger in Boca Raton. From their palate to yours, here's what we heard! Check out 5 of the very best burgers in Boca Raton.

Tucker Duke's

classic american burger

Tucker Duke's has carved its name out in the past few years of a dream for fans of the modern, gastropub culture. Their dessert bites and apps are exciting enough, but it's the inventive take on the burger that really takes the cake. Reflective of the type of gastronomic science seen in some of the most established corners of America's restaurant culture, they feature a piled-high burger for every preference. 

Burton's Grill & Bar of Boca Raton

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Where To Get The Best BBQ In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton might not show up on a map of BBQ hotspots in America, but you should give our local fare the attention it deserves. Our reputation might be more popularly aligned with gourmet cuisine and trendy wine & tapas establishments, but the glitz and glamor of our celebrated community don't have to eschew old-fashioned home cooking in lieu of the many fine dining options in Boca Raton. We can have both! Here are a handful of the finest places for smoked meats, soul food, and saucy goodness. Behold: the best BBQ in Boca Raton

Mississippi Sweets

bbq letters on wood background

One of Boca Raton's best-reviewed BBQ joints with nearly 800 positive entries, Mississippi Sweets is a no-frills, locally-owned spot renowned for its upbeat service, positive environment, and great sauce selection. Most locals will tell you Mississippi Sweets is their go-to for catfish, wings, and the home-friend sweet potato chips.

Lucille's Bad to the Bone BBQ

grilled steak tips on open flame

Lucille's Bad To The Bone BBQ has three locations spanning South Palm Beach County - from Boca to Boynton. Their appetizers include the classics and sports bar fare - like fried pickles, crispy fish fingers, and corn muffins. Their menu is a bit less traditional than Mississippi Sweets, offering tacos, melts, and a grilled chicken reuben. 

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The Best Donuts In Boca | 4 Local Donut Shops to Visit

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Off the beaten path, lie a few places that contain some of the best food on this side of Palm Beach County. Here in Boca, the word "donut" is synonymous with Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. It's a given that anyone would suggest those global brands as the ideal place to grab some delicious, sweet treats or an afternoon snack, but did you know that there lie 4 donut places in Boca worthy of taking a gander? Truthfully, these places undeniably put America's best-known donut shops on the back burner, and for good reason; craft donuts have become an ever-increasing trend among the U.S. and more people are doing extensive research into finding the best donut around. If you're a Boca native, these best 4 places in our beloved city deserve a place in your heart (or stomach.)

Parlour Vegan Bakery

row of donuts on turquoise background

Anyone who is familiar with this place knows its specialty in fine vegan foods. Parlour specializes in making vegan food DELICIOUS and it is. Ranging from a menu of their city-famous empanadas, chocolate chip cookie dough cookies, Jamaican "beef" patties, and an assortment of lattes and teas, this place also serves up some of the best donuts in Boca Raton. With their seasonal selection of flavors, Parlour makes sure never to skimp on flavor despite its lack of sinful components. The "Chocolate Glazed Donut" alone is worth coming for. Being a gluten-free selection,...

New York Pizza in Boca Raton | Where To Get A Slice of New York Pizza in Boca

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As long as you are not from Chicago, chances are when someone says “pizza” you think of a beautiful thin crust, marinara, and mozzarella masterpiece. A big heavenly slice from a New York “pie,” as they are want to call them up north. South Florida, especially Boca Raton, is often referred to by New Yorkers as “the sixth borough” (for the uninitiated, it’s one after the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island). We’re not saying that every Boca Raton pizzeria will have the most authentic slice, but you certainly stand a better chance of finding New York pizza in Boca than Dubuque! Below are our top picks for where the line between Boca Raton pizza and New York pizza begins to blur.

Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria 

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  • 1901 NW 2nd Avenue
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • (561) 931-2959

Serving three locations in Palm Beach County, Manhattan’s Joe’s East Boca location will be the closest for those in Boca proper. With slices with the right amount of oil, giant pizza ovens, and a happy clientele of former New Yorkers, you know you’re in the right spot for an authentic slice of New York pizza in Boca!

TOMASSO’S PIZZA & SUBS 

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The Best Ice Cream In Boca | Ice Cream Near Me

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The summers in Boca (and South Florida as a whole) are no doubt unbearably hot. Many locals here in the area retreat to the beaches to cool down when those temperatures rise. For those looking for a tasty escape from the humidity and sweltering heat, Boca Raton has some hidden treasures among its city limits that are undoubtedly worth checking out. When the beaches are not a viable option, or you're just not feeling up to sandy cheeks and sunburns, some of the best ice cream shops in Boca can be a sweet option for escaping the heat. It's no surprise that ice creameries are raising in popularity here in Boca Raton. And with the college community a doorstep away, the city has become home to some delicious local ice cream shops, crafted by determined locals.

  Whit's Frozen Custard

whits frozen custard in cupWith its bubbly signage and its family-owned name, Whit's has a tale worthy of admiration. Opening their first ice cream shop in Columbus, Ohio, ironically during the winter, the locals in Ohio wondered if it would last. Despite the doubt, they went on to prosper--becoming one of the most successful ice creameries in over 10 states in the U.S. Their passion is heavily noticeable, as they consistently churn their "Flavor of the Week", chocolate, and vanilla flavors all day long--allowing its customers to walk away with a freshly made, sweet treat for summer. In addition to their flavor of the week, Whit's...

5 Boca Based Nonprofits To Support | Boca Raton Nonprofits

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Nonprofit organizations are some of the best ways to support your local community. Here in Boca Raton, nonprofits certainly do not fall short. In fact, Boca is home to over 40+ non-profit organizations, giving the city a substantial foothold in the giving community. Supporting these organizations is a worthy cause and most people find that when they give, they get back. Boca Raton homeowners have been some of the kindest and most generous citizens anywhere, and our wide complement of nonprofits show it. These 5 Boca non-profits are some of the best organizations to give to, working tirelessly to help build a better community. Your donations, time, and effort don’t just benefit you, but they benefit others…and that’s what it’s all about.

Child Rescue Coalition

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Bagels In Boca | Where To Get The Best Bagels In Boca Raton

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Boca Bagel Bar & Deli

stack of everything bagels

The family-owned Boca Bagel Bar & Deli is one of the most known and visited bagel spots in Boca Raton. Their Jersey-style food offerings are brought to the fore by over 35 years of deli experience. They're serious about their commitment to quality, using only Boar's Head meats, and bagels baked in-house.

Flakowitz Bagel Inn

baked blintzes

The Boynton Beach location of this famous Jewish deli was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives - for good reason. This traditional, old-school Jewish-style deli menu features classics like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, babka, and Mandel bread. For a taste of Brooklyn right here in Boca, don't take our word for it, take Chef Fieri's!

Lox N Bagel

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The Ultimate Guide To Museums and Art Galleries In Boca Raton

the best museums and art galleries in boca

Boca Raton may be better known for its beautiful beaches and luxury condos, but our curation of culture doesn't start with the sand and end with our nightlife and fine dining scene. While Florida may be one of the youngest states on the Eastern seaboard, bereft of our colonial and revolutionary history, there's still much to see and learn about our beautiful state and city. We've compiled an exhaustive list of many of the best museums and art galleries in Boca Raton, with the hope of encouraging more of you to spend a day enjoying the finer side of Boca from a different lens. 

Sports Immortals Museum

sports immortals museum | founder Joel Platt

This lauded sports memorabilia museum resides in an innocuous rectangular building on North U.S. 1 in Boca Raton. Founded and curated by real estate developer Joel Platt, the Sports Immortals Museum features an incredible array of collectibles on display from his private collection. These include pieces such as the history Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, game-used material from turn of the century sporting legend Jim Thorpe, and Satchel Paige's jersey from his days in the negro leagues of baseball. For Platt, this is as much a celebration of the connection between sports and the human spirit, as it is a showcase of truly valuable one-of-a-kind material.

Fogelman Sports Museum

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Taco Tuesday! | Where To Get The Best Tacos In Boca Raton

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South Florida may be better known for its the Caribbean and South American influences, but no flavor isn't covered by the Boca Raton lifestyle. Whether looking for provincial Mexican cuisine or the best taco and margarita special in town, see some of the very best tacos in Boca Raton with our list below!

Baja Cantinaplate of 3 steak tacos

Like its namesake, Baja Cantina specializes in the grab-and-go SoCal twist on Mexican cuisine. This casually decorated Boca Raton Mexican restaurant features affordably priced appetizers, margaritas, and a wide array of classic menu options. In addition to their delicious selection of tacos, Baja Cantina isn't shy about their burritos, enchiladas, and chimichangas.

Senor Burrito

taco platter on black plate with sauces

Senor Burrito has Delray Beach and Boca Raton locations, with a decently sized menu featuring unique favorites not found everywhere - like their Mole Verde Dinner and Puntas Passila. Aside from their delectable entrees, Senor Burrito makes its presence known with its many burrito options, featuring mole, ranchero, vegan friendly, and pasilla pepper sauces. Their use of smoke flavors, chorizo, and poblano (pasilla) peppers distinguishes their...