The vibrant City of West Palm Beach is situated in South Florida along the Atlantic coast. With beautiful beaches, happening nightlife, various shopping areas, museums, fine dining places and a host of options for family-friendly fun, West Palm Beach has something for everyone.
Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
With over 550 animals of 190 species, some of which are endangered, a trip to the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation society ensures a day full of fun for the entire family.
The zoo is spread over an area of 23 acres of tropical habitat. Koala, leopards, jaguars, tigers, macaws, and many more wild creatures are there to awe and enthral kids and adults alike.
An old fashioned carousel, an interactive play fountain and a safari train to go around the zoo are a special attraction for kids.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
The only state park in Palm Beach County, the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a biological treasure and home to a variety of rare coastal plant species.
The beach spans over 2 miles; spend your day relaxing at the beach or swim and surf in the waters. Fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, paddling are some other activities to indulge in.
There are 3 nature trails in the state park for those interested in hiking. This barrier island is also a bird watchers haven – look out for herons, terns, sandpipers, pelicans, and gulls. June and July is the time for nesting sea turtles, don’t miss the sea turtle walks if visiting during that period.
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
A National Historic Monument, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was once the opulent mansion of the Henry Flagler - a business tycoon of the 19th century.
It features 75 rooms over two storeys and is spread across 100,000 square feet. You can opt for guided tours of the museum and check out on the various exhibitions showcasing America’s Gilded Age.
Mounts Botanical Garden
With over 2,000 species of plants from around the world, the Mounts Botanical Garden is the oldest and the largest of its kind in West Palm Beach.
With over 20 different theme gardens and more, it is a plant lover’s delight. Explore the rainbow garden, butterfly garden, rose and fragrance garden, tropical garden, etc., and wander through the bounty of nature.
Norton Museum of Art
Boasting of 7,600 works of art that have been curated into five categories – American, European, Chinese, Photography and Contemporary, the Norton Museum of Art is one of South Florida’s largest museums.
Founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton, the collection of art and paintings at the museum is world-renowned. Masterpieces like Stuart Davis's New York Mural and Jackson Pollock's Night Mist are not to be missed.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
With over 100 hands-on exhibits featuring an exotic variety of marine life, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium showcases the region’s rich marine flora and fauna.
The 10,000-gallon freshwater and saltwater aquarium, a digital planetarium and a huge exhibition hall with interactive installations for visitors make for an engaging day for the entire family.
Worth Avenue is the swankiest street of West Palm Beach and among the best shopping areas in the country with a line of hi-end luxury brands and boutiques showcasing an ultimate collection in art, apparel, designer wears, accessories and more.
The architecture on this street has a touch of European and Mediterranean style. The street is dotted with cafes and gourmet food shops where you can enjoy a meal in some fabulous settings.
If you want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to Peanut Island. Situated just off West Palm Beach, the island had over 80 acres of lush tropical settings and can be accessed only by a boat. The water around has a diverse aquatic life which makes snorkeling a popular activity here.
Laze on the sandy beaches, enjoy a picnic, swim in the turquoise waters or go for camping (permit needed in advance) or kayaking, to make the most of this place. Also, don’t forget to check out the historic John F. Kennedy bunker used by him during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Downtown West Palm Beach
The scene at the downtown West Palm Beach is abuzz with four entertainment and retail districts.
Check out for Clematis by Night event on Thursdays when the street sees a flurry of activities and live performances by local bands. A short walk from Clematis Street is the CityPlace – a premier shopping destination with a European feel. Northwood Village boasts of a bohemian vibe – with art galleries, quirky shops and a host of fine dining options.
Antique Row as the name suggests boasts of over 50 antique shops. Check out an impressive collection of antiques, decorative wares and art pieces from the 17th-20th century. A walk down the streets of this charming area is an experience to savor.