After all the festivities of December come to an end, it’s important to look for things to enjoy in January to keep spirits high. In some places around the world, this time of year is bitingly cold, but Boca Raton is still nicely mild. You might want to find more things you can enjoy indoors, but the great thing about this part of Florida is that you can still easily venture outside in January.
Discover some of the best things to do in Boca this January, including adventurous outdoor excursions and cozy indoor activities in Boca Raton.
Boca Raton Museum of Art
The Boca Raton Museum of Art should be on your list at any time of year, whether you’re looking for indoor activities in Boca Raton or not. It’s part of the cultural and creative heart of the city, making it a must-experience destination while visiting this part of Florida.
While much of the museum is a reflection of the artistic talents of the region, its many collections and exhibits stem from across the globe. Discover stunning artifacts from the royal tombs of the Golden Empire of Peru, be amazed by the well-crafted sculptures in the outdoor collection, and admire the fine paintings of local and historic artists. There’s also a vast photography collection, featuring some of the most entrancing images of the past century.
Reed Reef Park
Ok, so an outdoor park might not be somewhere you’d initially consider when planning a January trip. However, this is Florida – even in the cooler months, the weather is usually mild enough to enjoy the outdoor activities in Boca Raton.
Red Reef Park is a 67-acre park spanning across the coastline. With dry land behind you and the ocean lapping at your toes, the park offers some of the most fun things to do in Boca Raton. There’s an artificial reef in the shallow waters at the southern end of the park, which has become the designated snorkeling area. While not a natural reef, the area does attract an abundance of underwater wildlife, including local parrotfish, spottail pinfish, and even barracudas. Don’t worry – there are always lifeguards and Ocean Rescue staff nearby to protect the waters.
Back on shore, Red Reef Park features an elaborate nine-hole golf course to suit every level of experience. There’s also the lengthy boardwalk, which offers splendid views of the glittering ocean while enjoying a leisurely stroll.
The Boca Raton History Museum
Boca Raton and the surrounding region is brimming with rich history, much of which has been preserved at The Boca Raton History Museum.
The museum itself is easy to spot thanks to its glimmering golden dome. However, it’s what lies beneath the shining roof that makes Boca Raton’s old Town Hall so inviting. The museum features rotating exhibits throughout the year, each operated by the Boca Raton Historical Society. Each exhibit showcases a slice of the city’s history, such as Boca Raton’s first responders from the previous century. There are also areas dedicated to the city’s pioneer era, and the role it played in World War II. Stop by the museum to uncover the rich past of Boca Raton.
Town Center Mall
The Boca Town Center Mall is an all-indoors shopping mall that serves as retail heaven for those hitting the January sales. There are just under 200 stores to explore, giving you ample chance to browse the rails to your heart’s content.
Loosen your purse strings and treat yourself to some of the most notable brands in the US. After a day exploring the sprawling mall, you’ll be taking home bags of items from Abercrombie & Fitch, L’Occitane, Nordstrom, and more. There’s also plenty of notable restaurants to dine at when you need to refuel, from food court staples like Chick-Fill-A to something a little more decadent like La Boulangerie Boul’Mich.
Hide away indoors for a few hours at iPic Theter on Plaza Real. More than just your average movie theater, iPic is an upscale entertainment venue with a twist.
Come to watch your favorite actors hit the big screen for the latest Hollywood production. iPic shows all the latest movies in a deluxe screening room, where viewers can kick back in plush chairs to watch in comfort. Of course, you can order all your usual movie snacks like popcorn and M&M’s, but why not up your game and order a full meal? iPic offers in-theater dining, so you can order pizza, nachos, burgers, and crispy calamari right to your seat.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Make the most of January by exploring the mild outdoors without the blazing heat of the Floridian summer sunshine beating down your back. The best place to do so? Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
Follow the many twisting and turning trails of the nature reserve, which will take you through a jungle of towering trees and blooming flowers. Gumbo Limbo makes up most of the northern area in Red Reef Park. While exploring, you may come across some of the local wildlife - the deftly-footed grey fox and the red-bellied woodpecker are known to occupy this area. Back at the main center, visitors can explore the colorful butterfly garden and be amazed by the aquarium filled with underwater creatures.
The Maui Spa & Wellness Center
If we’re being honest, January isn’t usually the most fun month. After all the excitement during the holidays, this month can seem a little anticlimactic. It helps to treat yourself throughout January, which is why we’d recommend a few pampering treatments at the Maui Spa & Wellness Center.
Set the tone for the new year with an indulgent deep-tissue full-body massage or a luxurious facial to brighten your complexion. Whether you’re looking for something that will soothe the body and nurture the soul or are hoping to primp and prime your way into 2022, this spa has all the treatments you could hope for. Enjoy a hot stone massage and a copper bath soak or get your nails shaped and painted to perfection.
Casa de Montecristo
Another way to blow away the January blues is to gather a few pals for a joyful evening with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a premium stogie in the other. Casa de Montecristo is the most popular cigar lounge in Boca Raton and features an extensive bar, so you can really make a night of it.
If you’re a regular cigar smoker, you’ll be blown away by how many you can choose from. There are plenty of variations from the most popular brands like the Ashton line or Romeo y Julieta, or you can ask the staff for something a little different. Once you’ve decided on a toke of your liking, the friendly staff will expertly prepare your cigar ready for smoking. It’s a great place to kick back and blow in the new year with style.