Wake up South Florida


The best show in town takes place on one of its most dramatic stages, with regular performances about every 24 hours. But for those who can’t make it to the beach in time for sunrise, mornings in and around Boca offer more than enough opportunities to seize the day—from breakfast specials and volunteer endeavors to exploring the great outdoors.

Spare Time

Strikes @ Boca Raton delivers its share of evening entertainment, what with drink specials, and light and sound shows with DJ Jammin’ Jim. But early risers also can enjoy the simple pleasures that Strikes offers, namely its morning bowling leagues. Senior citizens are invited to try their hand at the sport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Ladies leagues meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Contact: 21046 Commercial Trail, 561/368-2177

Rise and Ride

It’s no wonder that Boca Raton Bicycle Club has drawn raves from the League of American Bicyclists. The organization boasts some 400 members and offers rides just about every day of the week—of all distances, speeds and skill levels. It also does charity work, educates its members about cycling safety, provides great networking opportunities—and celebrates scenic routes in Boca, Delray and beyond. We also dig the Saturday morning “Breakfast Club” rides that start at Royal Palm Place and typically cover about 40 miles.

Contact: 561/391-6109

Raising the Barre

Something about the fitness regimen at Pure Barre can inspire Boca women to rise at the crack of dawn. Perhaps, it’s the way owner Diane Booth’s classes appeal to their inner ballerina—or maybe it’s just that the ballet-infused workout tack-les problem areas like hips, thighs and abs with isometric movements that are easy on the joints. Whatever the case, the roughly hour-long morning classes in Boca draw steady regulars, including for the occasional 6:30 a.m. classes.

Contact: Boca Raton: 350 Esplanade #55, 561/445-3257; west Boca: 9834 Glades Road, 561/465-5994