Located in the Eastern part of Florida lies West Palm Beach, a gorgeous destination that is a stylish tourist area as well as culturally overflowing with richness. This is the home to both snowbirds that head south around mid-November and significant events such as Sunfest, National Horse Show, the Boat Show, and International Film Festival. West Palm offers so many great things to see and do that it is often hard to narrow down what to do.
My top five things to do in West Palm Beach are somewhat the same, as with any major Florida city with the exception that there is a unique feel to WPB, one you have to experience for yourself. Think about attending an event at the chic Kravis Center, play a round of golf on one of the immaculate courses, or take in the South Florida Fair early in the year. You have to see it for yourself; the glitz and glamour that this family-friendly landscape has waiting for you.
#1 Experience Exceptional Shopping
West Palm Beach is the home to high-end shopping, including both the CityPlace Mall and the newer Palm Beach Outlet shops, featuring a Nordstrom Rack, Sak’s Off Fifth, and over 100 other stores. Palm Beach Outlets are right off of I-95, super easy to get to. CityPlace is an eclectic mix of stores, my favorites being Adore Cosmetics and Life in Palm Beach. It also has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, including Cheesecake Factory and Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen.
Though technically in Palm Beach Gardens (we consider it all West Palm Beach), this is where you will find The Gardens Mall. This 1.4 million square foot world-class shopping megaplex features 160 stores with anchor stores Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sak’s Fifth Avenue. Shopping at this mall could take all day, but do not worry; great restaurants will help nourish you while you recharge. South of downtown is Antique Row, with over 40 stores to cater to collectors or browsers. Antique Row is often regarded as one of the best antique shopping neighborhoods in the country.
#2 Indulge in a Gourmet Meal
West Palm Beach is a culinary treat, with foods ranging from upscale comfort to dozens of ethnic varieties and about 50 sushi joints in between. Avocado Grill is one of my favorite places to grab some delicious appetizers, as well as Grease Burger Bar, for delicious gourmet burgers and root beer on tap. Pizza lovers should check out Pizza Girls WPB for a huge slice of their favorite combination; you might even spot a celebrity there. Our go-to for Mexican is Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, where the jalapeño margarita and Austin Queso are musts!
There are so many restaurants here that my bucket list for eating my way around West Palm Beach covers two full pages, and that is only based on referrals. See for yourself; come hungry!
#3 Take Me Out to the Ballgame
West Palm Beach recently got their own 160-acre baseball park complex and let me tell you…it is sensational! You’ll think you are at a major league game at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the newest stadium in Florida. The gorgeous complex is home to both the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals spring baseball training and can accommodate 7,700 guests.
Besides having all the bells and whistles for games, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches also has killer concessions, splash park, playground, fun special events, and concerts/festivals throughout the year.
#4 Stroll the Coolest Street
Clematis Street, in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, is a stylish street to people watch and where people come to be seen in West Palm Beach. A most exciting bunch of people are sure to raise a few eyebrows strolling around in the latest fashions or lack of clothing. This famous street is home to a gorgeous theatre that shows off-Broadway style shows as well as local productions. Boutique retailers and national brands offer designer threads, luxury bed linens, antiques and collectibles lining the street separated by nightspots, international restaurants, and trendy cafes. Many work lofts and luxury condos dot the canvas, as well as historic landmarks.
In the heart of Clematis is a fountain that is surrounded by appealing gardens. Flagler Drive at Intracoastal Waterway is where the street begins and is home to a fun-filled Sandi Land sandcastle exhibit in December. The views of the Intracoastal Waterway are spectacular, and the size of the yachts, impressive!
Don’t miss the Green Market on Clematis Street every Saturday. With flowers, antiques, arts and crafts, fresh-made smoothies, organic prepared and fresh foods, and much more, this is one of Florida’s most popular open-air markets.
#5 Indulge in a West Palm Beach Food Tour
West Palm Beach has several food tours to choose from, but two of them I’ve done on multiple occasions and highly recommend.
Taste History Culinary Tours takes you by small-passenger bus to one of three locations where you’ll sample delicious food and explore emerging regional art and culture hotspots. The locations are:
- Historic Lake Worth & West Palm Beach
- Delray Beach & Boynton Beach
- Lake Worth & Lantana
West Palm Beach Food Tours is a walking tour where you’ll spend around three hours getting to know the downtown West Palm Beach area, seeing the cool street art and murals, and getting a history lesson along the way. I loved the Downtown WPB tour, but understand they now have a Historic West Palm Beach Neighborhood option, as well.
Come hungry. Both tours leave you completely satisfied.
WPB Enriches Your Soul
So did my top five in West Palm Beach pictures make you want to visit? Come on down, the weather is fine and Florida is always open for fun and adventure.
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