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“Hidden Gem for Children”
Review of Sugar Sand Park

Sugar Sand Park
Ranked #2 of 83 things to do in Boca Raton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sugar Sand Park features the Community Center, which houses the Children's Science Explorium and the Willow Theatre; and the Field House, which features an indoor gymnasium. Developed by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District and operated by the City of Boca Raton, this 132-acre park continues its commitment to enhance the role of recreation and culture for residents and visitors alike. Sugar Sand Park is open 365 days a year - the Community Center and Children's Science Explorium are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Built to American Society for Testing & Materials standards, the Science Playground is strong and safe, with a soft, impact-attenuating ground surface. This surface is also the key to the wayfinding feature, allowing parents and children to pinpoint their exact location within the playground through identifying markings. The inclusive playground features new swings, slides, and an expanded climbing structure that allows for greater access to people of all ages and abilities, and greater visibility for parents and children alike. The updated interactive water feature showcases a variety of sea creatures, and a new train station-themed toddler play area has been added.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I had never heard of Sugar Sand Park until last week, but am I glad I did. This awesome city park is hidden behind the brush on Military Trail. It has a small science museum that is really geared toward the school-age and preschool crowd with hands on activities for busy fingers and pop culture robot stars of Robbie Robot and R2D2. There are covered pavilions to have lunch at or hide from the raindrops. The best part of the park is by far the Science Playground. There is a 3 story tree house type structure that has all kinds of interesting places for children to play and imagine, such as a astronaut's launch chair, hall of mirror, airplane controls and a hidden sandbox. Outside of the treehouse are play areas that start with a toddler area that have a soft barrier (trees) and extend to other play areas for small school age and older school age as well. There is only one way in or out and there is a small central water play area with a place for parents/caretakers to sit and watch their charges. This area is shaded and misted with water spray to help the older folks keep cool. The science museum asks for a small donation (suggestion is $5.00) to assist with funding. There is a carousel that costs $1.00/ride and was unable to make change for a $20.00 bill. Bring some singles. If you need a place to let your little ones burn off some energy bring them here, just remember this is a public park and there is not a guard at the door so to speak and anyone could presumably stop by. That being said, my 6 & 4 year old grandsons had a great afternoon there. So glad we stopped by. We will be back.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I remember this park while living in Boca Raton several years ago...I cannot honestly tell you if things are still the same, but back in the day, it was a great "kiddie park" to spend an hour or two with your family.

Boca Raton is a great family oriented neighborhood. I miss Boca Raton!

I pray that its the same as I remember!

Be blessed! :)

Thank Riko C
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Gigantic play ground for kid to explore safely on their own and near by science center is great for kids on hot summer days

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This is an annual event for our granddaughter. She enjoys climbing and the spraying areas. There is also a museum attached to the park which has interesting hands on exhibits.

Thank Arline1109
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

It's called Sugar Sand Park after the unique sandy ridge which runs along the Southeast Coast of Florida. The sand on the beaches is mostly golden, so its called the Gold Coast. West of that is a ridge of fine white sand the consistency of granulated sugar. The park is a great place to bring the family. There's a working maerry-go-round, hiking trails, shady picnic areas, a science pavilion, and best of all, the Willow Theatre, where you can see surprisingly professional performance in a small, intimate theatre. Their biggest attraction is Shriek Week during Halloween. It is so scary really young children are not allowed. The park is free, there's a fee for SHriek Week and Willow Theatre.

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