Downtown Heritage Trail

The City of Boynton Beach Downtown Heritage Trail runs along Ocean Avenue between Seacrest Boulevard and the Intracoastal Waterway. The full trail is approximately 1.5 miles long and includes 30 sites that are associated with the history of the city. The trail can be started from either end and may be completed in stages.

Located along the route are nine information boards containing Quick Response (QR) codes and details of the most significant sites. When the QR codes are scanned with a QR code reader on your smart phone or tablet device, you will access pages on this website.

As the trail runs through the downtown area, there is ample parking and a number of rest areas. Visitors are encouraged to visit the City Library, which contains the city archives, and the Schoolhouse Children's Museum. At the east end of the trail in Mangrove Park is a short boardwalk through a natural mangrove hammock.

Please note that the residential structures included on the trail are in private ownership and under no circumstances should you enter either the property or the yard.

Boynton Beach Boulevard and Seacrest Boulevard

The junction of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Seacrest Boulevard is one of the most important intersections in the city as it provides access from Interstate 95 to the downtown area and to the many municipal, cultural, and religious buildings located there.

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Shipping and the Boynton Harbor Marina

By 1900, Boynton was supplying the north with a variety of agricultural products including pineapples and tomatoes. Goods transported by water were shipped from a packing shed which was located on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway just south of the Ocean Avenue Bridge.

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Captain Janet Hall and the Sea Mist Fishing Fleet

Coming to Florida as a young child, Captain Janet Hall had an immense love for the ocean. Her first job was free diving for shells from a glass bottom boat. In the late 1930’s she and her first husband, Capt. Dan Garnsey, pioneered drift fishing in Pompano. In 1940, to help crew their boats, Janet became the first licensed ‘female’ ocean operator with the US Coast Guard. In the 1950’s Janet and her second husband, Capt. Wendall Hall, moved their blended family of 8 children to Boynton to start the Sea Mist Fishing Fleet.

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