Spanish River Park
Spanish River Park takes its name from the shallow freshwater stream, which once flowed along what is now the western edge of the park. Spanish River Park is 94.4 acres in size.
Since its channelization by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river has become known to boaters as part of the intracoastal waterway. Early maps show the river as "Boca Raton's Lagoon", but late settlers and developers apparently borrowed a page from history and renamed it the old Spanish river, Remnants of the meandering stream bed are still visible in the park.
Hours of Operation
The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to Sunset.
Picnicking by groups (more than 25 people) is restricted to the group picnic areas (picnic shelters). The shelters are available to all responsible groups by reservation. Requests should be directed to the Boca Raton Recreation Services Department, Park Ranger Headquarters by phone at 561-393-7815.
Overnight camping by organized youth groups at a pre-selected site in Spanish River Park is allowed under rules set forth by the City of Boca Raton.
Organized youth groups are six or more (maximum of 50) persons under 18 years of age who are:
- Members of or affiliated with a recognized organization such as Boy or Girl Scouts of America, Campfire Girls, Pathfinders, or similar organizations.
- Under the sponsorship for a particular outing of a recognized organization such as a church, school, benevolent or civic service club.
Tent & Trailer Camping
No individual family tent or trailer camping will be allowed. Spanish River Park is considered principally a day-use area.
All fires must be in self-contained charcoal units. No open or wood fires will be permitted.
No pets will be allowed in the Park or on the beach other than the times designated for the Dog Beach.
Access to the Beach and Atlantic Ocean is available from Spanish River Park. Lifeguards on duty from 9am to 5pm (EST) and 9am to 6:30pm (EDT) year round. Swimming in the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway is prohibited.
Fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway is one of the favorite pastimes of many park visitors. A fishing license is required for saltwater fishing from the shoreline. (More on fishing license requirement here). Surf fishing in designated swimming areas during normal swimming hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is prohibited.
We are sure you will find the flowers, plants and trees of the Park interesting, especially along the nature trails. Fires could destroy this natural area, so please be careful. Cooking should only be done where proper facilities are provided.
The quiet walks and shaded area are favored haunts for a wide variety of small birds. On occasion, larger and more spectacular wading birds are observed along the lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway.
Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in City Parks.
Please do not feed the animals in the Park!