There’s so much to see and do in the Palm Beaches whether traveling as a family, couple or with friends. From West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, here are a few of our favorite hot spots and why we love them.
Boca Raton is a family-friendly destination offering loads of art and entertainment options for couples and travelers of all ages, as well as a coastal vibe with beautiful beaches and a variety of watersport options. Because of its location in the southernmost part of Palm Beach County, Boca is considered the gateway to Florida’s “Cultural Capital.” The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County offers a cultural concierge program which will help you pick from a wide range of theatre, dance, art, music and history happenings and events throughout the county. For example, located in the popular shopping, dining and entertainment district of Mizner Park, the Boca Raton Museum of Art houses an impressive array of contemporary and modern art collections. Head to downtown Boca Raton for more great restaurants, local boutiques and entertainment options.
For families who want to take a walk on the wild side, visit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, a coastal marine refuge in Boca Raton. It’s a great place for the kids to learn about environmental conservation. In Delray Beach, check out the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and wander through lush tropical gardens intertwined with unique Japanese art. A number of nearby hotels make Delray Beach the perfect spot to visit the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for guided marsh tours, bird walks, canoe trips and more.
West Palm Beach
With its thriving scene from day to night, downtown West Palm Beach is a hotbed of great restaurants, bars, festivals and special events. The burgeoning Arts & Entertainment District unites a fast-growing number of West Palm Beach’s top entertainment and cultural institutions like the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and more. Nearby Rosemary Square offers live music on the plaza, as well as more great restaurants, shops, concerts and special events. It’s also the home to the new Culture Lab featuring art exhibitions and impressive public art installations, as well as a massive three-story, 80,000-square-foot RH Modern gallery complete with a stylish rooftop restaurant.
Walk along the West Palm Beach waterfront and soak up amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway or catch a live show at the amphitheater. Every Saturday (October – May), visit the GreenMarket, a farmer’s market featuring music, fresh produce, local eats and more. On the third Sunday of the month, jam out on the waterfront and enjoy a free concert series featuring local cover bands. The hub of popular festivals, the waterfront is also home to major concerts and events like SunFest, which features more than 50 well-known bands on three stages.
Art and culture abound in downtown and beyond. The Norton Museum of Art remains one of the most renowned art museums in Florida. You’ll also want to head over the bridge to Palm Beach to tour the Flagler Museum, a National Historic Landmark that once served as Henry Flagler’s opulent estate.
Jupiter & Juno Beach
At the northern end of Palm Beach County, Jupiter and Juno Beach are laid-back beach towns offering ample opportunities to experience Florida’s unique wildlife and natural environments. In Jupiter, see bald eagles, panthers, bob cats and even black bears as you stroll through the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary’s many trails. The unique refuge combines a nature center with a wildlife hospital.
Ready to hit the beach? Jupiter Beach Park is a great place to splash in the surf. Then climb to the top of nearby Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and check out some of the best views on the coast.
Juno Beach is a popular nesting place for endangered sea turtles. Visit the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center , a rehabilitation center for injured sea turtles. You can also venture out on a wildlife turtle walk, and navigate the rare coastal hammock and natural dune systems, part of Florida’s most precious habitat.
Whether you’re a beach connoisseur, nature lover or art aficionado, there is so much to do from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach that one trip won’t be nearly enough to experience it all. So what are you waiting for?