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    royal palm way

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    royal palm way

    royal palm way is another famous street in palm beach. royal palm way is more commercial than worth ave. and royal poinciana way. royal palm is lined with banks, brokerage houses, and offices. royal palm way is worth a look to see it's line of beautiful royal palm trees.

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    Flagler Museum

    by apbeaches Updated Dec 28, 2010

    The Flager Museum is open year round. Hours are:
    Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

    Photography without a flash and for personal use is permitted.

    Admission prices are:
    Members: Free
    Adult: $18
    Youth (13 - 18 years) accompanied by an adult: $10
    Child (6 - 12 years) accompanied by an adult: $3
    Child (under 6): Free
    Reserved groups of 20 or more: $14 per person

    We began with an hour long free Docent-led tours. Donald whisked us into most of the first floor public rooms & shared information about the family, house & Guilded Age. Our large group of over 50 were all able to hear him and ask questions. Our tour met on the front porch at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday). On Sundays tours begin at 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    The free Audio Tour devices went quickly, we waited to get headsets which were wiped off between uses. Each room had a number that we typed into the headset to learn the history of Whitehall and Henry Flagler. I enjoyed listening to descriptions of rooms, objects, and Gilded Age life narrated by the Eduction Director, Chief Curator, and Executive Director. Printed Self-Guide Brochures are also available in many languages.

    On August 24, 1901, Henry Flagler married his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan and the couple soon moved into their Palm Beach estate, Whitehall. Built as a wedding present to Mary Lily in 1902 by architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, Whitehall was a 60,000 square foot, 55-room winter retreat that established the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of America's Gilded Age. The Flagler's spent 6 weeks each winter at Whitehall. When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's home in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Unlike any of Flagler's other homes, Whitehall was a literal manifestation of Andrew Carnegie's admonition, in his essay titled The Gospel of Wealth, to his fellow titans of business that, "It is well, nay essential, for the progress of the race that the houses of some should be homes for all that is highest and best in literature and the arts, and for all the refinements of civilization..." Carnegie's description of the kind of houses the business leaders of the Gilded Age should build, is a near-perfect description of a museum. After all, the word museum literally means "a home for the Muses of arts and literature and their works." And, build a museum, Florida's first museum, is exactly what Flagler did. I was impressed to see that Whitehall had electricity, indoor plumbing, tray ceilings with recessed lighting, telephones, and central heating.

    By 1905, Henry Flagler decided that his Florida East Coast Railway should be extended from Biscayne Bay to Key West, a point 128 miles past the end of the Florida peninsula. At the time, Key West was Florida's most populated city and it was also the United States' closest deep water port to the canal that the U.S. government proposed to build in Panama. Flagler wanted to take advantage of additional trade with Cuba and Latin America as well as the increased trade with the west that the Panama Canal would bring. In 1912, the Florida Over-Sea Railroad was completed to Key West.

    In 1913, Flagler fell down a flight of stairs at Whitehall. He never recovered from the fall and died of his injuries on May 20 at 83 years of age. He was buried in St. Augustine alongside his daughter, Jennie Louise and first wife, Mary Harkness. When Henry Flagler died in 1913, the house remained closed until the season of 1916. Mary Lily visited the home only once more in 1917 as the recent bride of Robert Worth Bingham. When Mary Lily died later that year, Whitehall was left to her niece, Louise Clisby Wise Lewis. Ms. Lewis sold Whitehall to a group of investors who added a ten-story 300-room tower on the west side and converted the entire structure into a hotel. The hotel operated from 1925-1959 during which period the original portion of the house was used for lobbies, card rooms, lounges, a bar and guest suites.

    In 1959, the entire building was in danger of being razed. Henry Flagler's granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews learned of this and formed a nonprofit corporation, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, to purchase the property in 1959 for $2 million. The following year, Whitehall was opened to the public with a grand "Restoration Ball" on February 6, 1960.

    Henry Flagler's private Railcar No. 91 is exhibited in the Museum's Flagler Kenan Pavilion. Built in 1886 for Flagler's personal use, the railcar was acquired by the Museum in 1959 as an artifact of Florida history and an important part of Flagler's story.

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    palm beach post office

    by doug48 Updated Jun 1, 2010

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    palm beach post office

    this mediterranean revival building was built in 1937. this addison mizner inspired stucture was designed by architect louis a. simon. in the interior of the building are murals depicting seminole indian scenes that were painted by charles rosen. the palm beach post office is listed on the national register of historic places. the interior murals of the post office are worth a look when in palm beach.

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    the beach

    by doug48 Updated Mar 9, 2010

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    palm beach

    palm beach has a nice atlantic beach but there is limited beach access. the breakers luxury resort has a great private beach or you can go north to singer island to john d. mac arthur state park for one of the best public beaches in southeast florida. most people come to palm beach for it's world class resorts, restaurants and shopping. if you are a beach aficionado there are better beaches in southeast florida than palm beach.

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    royal poinciana way

    by doug48 Updated Mar 8, 2010

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    royal poinciana way

    royal poinciana way is another up scale shopping area in palm beach. royal poinciana is not as high end as worth ave. but has a nice collection of shops, restaurants, and bars. a worth while shopping street to visit when in palm beach.

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    architecture

    by doug48 Updated Mar 8, 2010

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    mediterranean architecture

    the town of palm beach has scores of architectually significant public buildings and homes. many of the buildings and mansion's mediterranean style was influenced by the famous south florida architect addison mizner. to see some of palm beaches most magnificant mansions take ocean blvd. north and south of worth ave.

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    south county road

    by doug48 Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    south county road

    south county road near the intersection of worth ave. is another up scale shopping street in palm beach. located in central palm beach south county road has a number of high end shops, restaurants, and bars. south county road is worth a visit when in palm beach.

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    site of au bar

    by doug48 Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    pictured is an office building that once housed au bar. au bar became nationally famous for the 1991 william kennedy smith trial. senator edward kennedy, patrick kennedy, and william kennedy smith visited au bar one night and william picked up a local girl at the bar. the girl accused william kennedy smith of raping her later that night. smith was defended by the famous south florida lawyer roy black and the trial became a national media event. william kennedy smith was acquitted of the crime. i had a drink at au bar a number of years ago but it is now closed. only worth a look for those interested in florida crime history.

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    bethesda by the sea

    by doug48 Written Mar 7, 2010

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    bethesda by the sea

    bethesda by the sea episcopal church was founded in 1889. the present gothic church you see today was built in 1925. bethesda by the sea is one of the first episcopal churches built in southeast florida and is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture bethesda by the sea is worth a look when in palm beach.

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    flagler museum

    by doug48 Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    the flagler museum is located in the former home of railroad tycoon henry flagler. the mansion named white hall was built in 1902 and is listed on the national register of historic places. today the museum hosts artifacts of america's gilded age during the turn of the 20 th century. the museum also hosts traveling art exhibitions from all over the world. for those interested in architecture and fine art the flager museum is a must see site in palm beach. for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    worth avenue

    by doug48 Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    tiffany & company

    many people come to palm beach to visit worth ave. for it's world class shopping. worth ave. is considered the best upscale shopping street in the state of florida. worth ave. is lined with upscale stores and restaurants. for a partial list of stores see my palm beach shopping travelogue.

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  • wonderful beaches of palm beach

    by citytrip1 Updated Sep 3, 2008

    Palm Beach is an upscale incorporated town in Palm Beach County, Florida. There are so many palm trees there. And lots of beaches are present there. There are very beautiful buildings there. Your eyes don’t get away from them. There is lots of greenery there.
    Sometimes marathon takes place there. I took part in the marathon. I enjoyed a lot in that. Wild life is wonderful there. There are lots of varieties of animals there which you can enjoy there. I went there and enjoyed my life’s most beautiful moments there. There I stayed in a hotel; I searched this hotel from google as cheap hotels. I got lots of hotels from there. These hotels provide lots of facilities and services to the customer which pamper them and make them feel at home. They provide lots of playing facilities to the small kids. Children also enjoy a lot. If you go there once you will not forget the experience of there. And you will go there again and again. I selected a hotel from cheap palm beach hotels. My family also enjoyed a lot there. We did a lot shopping there and returned back with sweet memories.

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  • Indoor Playground keeps kids AND parents happy!

    by lbhawthorne Written Mar 17, 2008
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    We LOVE South Florida but can only take so much of the HEAT! So here is A Latte Fun Indoor Playground & Cafe..the best thing since A/C!! Cool coffee shop with comfy sofas, free wi-fi and great food, SUPERVISED indoor playground with slides, trampoline, dress-up area, pretend "town" and even an Infant/crawler area. GENIUS!! www.alattefun.com

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    Greyhound Race at the Kennel Club

    by GUYON Written Mar 30, 2006

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    Number 1 ! Number 1 !
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    The dog races are very rare in France and we attended our first race in Corpus Christi (TX) in April 2005. We enjoy the race and we earned some $$$.
    So we wished to renew the experience in Palm Beach but the Floridian dogs were more difficult to predict and we lost some $$$. May be the same we wun one year before.
    The minimum bet is 2 $ and it is possible to bet "winner" or "place". It is also possible to bet several numbers : Quiniela and Odds but it was too complicated for me.
    Have look to the running dogs : the pictures have made them still in the effort. They are too fast to see they are really both jumping and running.

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    Worth Avenue

    by GUYON Written Mar 29, 2006

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    An early bird in Worth Ave a Sunday morning
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    It is 1/4 mile long and completly devoted to the shopping, like Rue Montaigne in Paris (but more luxious and more expensive).
    There are mainly clothing shops, perfumes, antiques, some restaurants. Nothing under 100$ except food.

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