The Palm Beaches of Florida: Points of Interest From A to Z
The Palm Beaches of Florida are renowned tropical destinations comprised of Palm, West Palm, Boynton, and Delray Beaches, Lake Worth, Wellington, Boca Raton, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens. It is an enclave of 47-miles of stunning sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfront views, upscale dining, and abundant luxury.
Parts of the Palm Beaches are situated along the Atlantic Ocean in South Florida, while other municipalities are further West. This prestigious shopping destination and eco-paradise have incredible beauty and attractions that will leave you yearning for more.
A: Antique Row
The Southeast’s Premier antique district in West Palm Beach is referred to as Antique Row. It is regarded as the most diverse antiquing district in the country. This fantastic array of 40 antique shops, vintage boutiques, and specialty stores offer incredible 17th to 20th-century antiques, period decor, and fine arts.
B: Breakers Hotel
The Breakers Hotel originally began as Henry Flagler’s Royal Poinciana Hotel, built in 1894. Surviving two fires, it was rebuilt into its current iconic lavish state on the oceanfront in Palm Beach.
The hotel boasts a private beach, multiple pools, bars, restaurants, and a family entertainment center. Posh shopping boutiques, championship golf courses, and lovely decor dazzle its guests, while the luxury spa brings them sheer bliss. The Breakers Hotel is one of the world’s greatest luxury resorts and raises the bar for all others.
C: City Place
70 upscale shops and tasty dining spots make City Place a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. The motto at this West Palm Beach shopping mecca is food, fashion, fun. Featured stores include Restoration Hardware, Anthropology, and Tommy Bahama while dining options are the Cheesecake Factory, Cabo Flats Cantina and Tequila Bar, and BRIO Tuscan Grille.
D: Diva Duck Amphibious Tour
This highly fun 75-minute narrated musical tour takes guests on a sightseeing escapade of Palm Beach mansions, estates, churches, hotels, and more. Cruise in duck designed vessels that run on land and sea, as it sinks into the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. Tours occur daily at the City Place.
E: Everglades Day Festival
This February eco-adventure takes place at the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge at Boynton Beach. Hear more about the Everglades history, archaeology, and creatures during this learning opportunity. Take an airboat tour for up close and personal sightings of gators in this gateway to the Everglades.
F: Flagler Museum
Henry Morrison Flagler, the railroad tycoon who put Palm Beach on the map and brought the railroad through South Florida, made his Palm Beach winter home a gift to his wife in the early 1900’s. Today, his home, Whitehall, is a stately museum and one of the finest examples of grandeur in the country.
The Flagler Museum is a National Historic Landmark open to the public for guided or self-guided tours. Opulent works of art and precious antiques are displayed in a lovely fashion at Whitehall.
G: Gardens Mall
The Palm Beaches premier mall, The Gardens Mall, is a privately owned two-story shopping emporium that is second to none. Beautiful mall displays, attractive decor, and wide, open-air spaces make this shopping mecca a stellar place to not only shop and eat, but also to walk indoors and exercise. The mall offers a concierge program where one can text (561-440-4440) for any help they may need while at the mall. Anchor stores are Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s.
H: Harbourside Place
This outdoor shopping, waterfront dining, and entertainment complex (with live music at the complex pavilion) are joined by the Wyndham Grand Jupiter Hotel. It features popular boutique shops and tasty restaurants, such as Calaveras Cantina (upscale Mexican and fantastic margaritas) and The Woods (a swanky sports bar/grill owned by golf great, Tiger Woods). Unwind with Yoga on the Waterfront and don’t miss the weekly farmers’ market.
I: International Polo Season
Not many communities can boast that they have live polo matches, but the Palm Beaches can. Not only “matches”, but the finest polo institution in the world! From January through April, the International Polo Club Palm Beach at Wellington brings people in their fanciest of clothing out to cheer on this classic sporting event.
J: Japanese Gardens
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens are home to one-of-a-kind tranquil gardens and culture in Delray Beach. The collections include more than 7,000 Japanese art and objects, as well as lovely koi ponds and lakes.
Morikami also has an interesting world-class bonsai section and 16 acres of manicured grounds. Have your cameras ready for the huge iguanas that lie on the property. Stay for lunch at the Cornell Cafe.
K: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach’s venue for world-class entertainment and culture is the impressive Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. From off-broadway shows to concerts, ballet to opera, the Kravis Center’s calendar to their three venues (Dreyfoos Hall, Rinker Playhouse, and Gosman Amphitheatre are all nestled in one huge building) offers dazzling performances and top-rated acts.
Kids won’t want to miss Shopkins and Paw Patrol Live! this season (2018) while adults will appreciate Book of Mormon and Finding Neverland.
L: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
This non-profit conservation facility has been saving sick or injured sea turtles for years. It offers free admission and many hands-on displays, as well as a campus hospital, learning exhibits, and gift shop. See their attractive saltwater aquariums or request a guided tour of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to hear about the turtles that are onsite. A cooler sits out front where people can drop off distressed hatchlings anytime of the day.
M: Manatee Lagoon
This new eco-discovery center, built by Florida Power & Light, is a big educational draw for families due to the fact that you can see incredible sea life and partake in their hands-on museum. Bonus, it is all free! If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing a manatee, this is where you need to be. Keep in mind that all manatees are wild; there are no captive ones in the Lake Worth Lagoon. The Palm Beach Selfie trail starts at this location as well.
Clematis Street is the focal point of shopping in downtown West Palm Beach. This historic main street has high-end retail, impressive dining, and busy nightlife. A year-round entertainment destination, Clematis Street has everything from sandcastle shows to weekly green markets, and plenty of options for both day and night. Nightlife hotspots include Off the Hookah West Palm Beach, Square Grouper, and Roxy’s Pub.
Stay in a budget-friendly Palm Beaches hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn. It is conveniently located minutes from I-95 (and four miles from four different beaches) on gorgeous Lake Victoria. Rooms offer high-speed Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators, 37″ HDTVs, and Garden Sleep System™ beds. The hotel has free parking, a gorgeous lobby, lakefront swimming pool, and fitness center.
Luxury travelers may prefer the AAA Four Diamond Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. Each room is actually a suite with private terraces. The lovely property affords stellar ocean views and amazing swimming pools.
P: Palm Beach Outlets
Located a hop, skip, and jump off of I-95, the Palm Beach Outlets are a huge draw for discount shoppers. Over 440,000 square feet are dotted with the likes of Nordstrom, Saks off 5th, Trader Joe’s, and 100 other stores. This venue brings in thousands of patrons daily. It is some of the best retail therapy in the country. You will also find an official Visitor Information Center here.
Q: Quaint Diners
Nick’s 50’s Diner is a delightful retro diner in West Palm Beach. Omelets are cooked to perfection while the biscuits and sausage gravy get a thumbs up. Although Nick’s 50’s Diner serves more than breakfast, I cannot think of a better way to start the day than with one of their morning meals. Listen to some throwback music and enjoy a blast from the past.
R: Rapids Water Park
Splash up some fun at the Rapids Water Park’s 30-acres in Riviera Beach. This is Florida’s premier water park destination. Don the sunscreen, sunglasses, and swimwear for the coolest, biggest, and wettest thrill rides around. Special features include the FlowRider, Lazy River, and many waterslides. There is something for all ages at this family attraction!
S: Spring Baseball
The Palm Beaches are where four pro-baseball teams make Florida their spring training homes. In Jupiter, the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins share the venue at Roger Dean Stadium, which also has four Minor league baseball teams.
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals play at the state-of-the-art Ballpark of the Palm Beaches that opened in 2017 in West Palm Beach. How is that for major league sporting action? Spring baseball games have limited crowds plus tickets are affordable.
T: Taste History Culinary Tour
Food tours are all the rage across the country, but the Taste History Culinary Tour is no newcomer to the game. It has been providing art, history, and food tours for nearly 10 years in the Palm Beaches. Tours are available in three different locations; the tour is never repeated. Lori, the operator of Taste History Culinary Tours, keeps things fresh with her selection of yummy food purveyors and unique finds.
U: Upscale Eats
Dining doesn’t get much better than the Palm Beaches of Florida. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, the choices can sometimes be daunting.
My favorite restaurants in the Palm Beaches are Relish & More, Boston’s on the Beach, Avocado Grill, and Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. Check out the Green Market every Saturday for the freshest vegetables and fruit.
The Northwood Village is a vibrant and funky micro-neighborhood located north of downtown West Palm Beach with eclectic shopping, original art, fine dining, and international cuisine. The last Friday of each month is Art Night out; stroll the streets of this cultural hub and enjoy late night shopping hours with wine in hand. “Unexpected” best describes this charming village.
W: Worth Avenue
The most recognized name in Palm Beach is Worth Avenue. This ritzy street is lined with elite shopping and classic designer boutiques that rival Madison Avenue and Rodeo Drive. Make note of the high-end cars around this high-impact town. Noteworthy hotels include the Brazilian Court Hotel, Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, and Four Seasons Resort.
X: Xtreme Pinball
Silverball Pinball Museum is home to two stories of vintage pinball machines and arcade games. Bring the entire family for fun and frolic as you flip, hit, and bump your way through their arsenal of arcade offerings and skeeball. Food and drinks are available. Vintage machines include Charlie’s Angels, Evel Knievel, Elvis, Harley Davidson, KISS, and Rocky.
Lined up on the Intracoastal Waterway Harbor are hundreds of glamorous yachts. Some are available for dining excursions and others for hire, but the site of them gathered throughout the piers is amazing. Tons of photo ops are here! Check out Delray Yacht Cruises for sightseeing cruises and private charters.
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is small but mighty, housing around 550 animals. Asia (kangaroo, endangered Malayan tigers, howler monkeys, wallaby), the Islands (lemurs, sloths, koala, New Guinea singing dog, Goeldi’s monkeys, Komodo dragon), Tropics of the Americas (tapir, ocelot, anteater, spider and capuchin monkeys), and Florida wildlife are all showcased at this friendly zoo.
The Palm Beaches: There’s No Place Like Here
So what did you think of the incredible Palm Beaches? It can quickly become a place that you fall deeply in love with. I know because I’m quite smitten with all of the Palm Beach destinations.
I hope to see you there!
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