One of South Florida’s most popular vacation destinations, West Palm Beach is a slice of cultural paradise for all ages. Visitors will find inspiring museums, lively nightlife, lush tropical gardens, and wildlife sanctuaries. Escape for a weekend or longer and bask in the sunny weather at nearly any time of the year. To make the most of your time here, a car is the best option to easily visit the best spots in the city, including the golf course, beach, famous historical attractions, many designer boutiques, and fine dining establishments.
The list of things to do in West Palm Beach is endless, but a visit to the historical downtown center is not to be missed. Either start the day early or end it over at Clematis Street, which was the main thoroughfare back in the early 1900s. Today, it is one of the trendiest places for locals and visitors alike as it boasts historic buildings mixed with an abundance of shops, live music venues, and restaurants all situated right next to the waterfront.
Casually go for a drive-by before wandering the area and be sure to check out the West Palm Beach Green Market. The market is open on Saturdays from October to May with free entertainment, a friendly community vibe, and a ton of local fresh fruits and vegetables, exotic plants, gourmet treats, and plenty more. Also nearby is CityPlace, a gorgeous open-air shopping center with a movie theater, waterfall displays, and an eye-catching architectural design. If you are looking for more of a bargain, the equally close by Palm Beach Outlet Mall should cover all of your shopping needs.Next on the not-to-miss list is the historic attraction and home of Ann Weaver Norton, a famous 20th century sculptor. Visit her house and pristine sculpture garden, which hosts over 100 pieces scattered around the property. Another popular place for art lovers is the Norton Museum of Art. With grand pieces from Europe, China, and America as part of the collection, the museum is known internationally and features paintings from many excellent artists, such as Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Picasso.
If staying indoors is not your thing, drive over to the peaceful Mounts Botanical Garden or Okeeheelee Park and spend some time in nature. For spotting animals, the popular Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, the Lion Country Safari (also known as America’s first “cageless zoo”), or McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary are perfect places and ideal for a family getaway.
Lastly, a visit to Peanut Island is worth considering as this spot housed the bunker built for President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War. Along with the bunker, there is a museum with lovely picnic areas plus many pathways for walking or biking. On the way to the island via ferry, you will also get a view of the impressive mansions occupied by the wealthy residents of West Palm Beach.
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