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    Lake Okeechobee

    by mnybondas Updated Dec 30, 2003

    South Florida is mostly known for it's beaches. Palm Beach county has beautiful beaches, but it also has shoreline to the biggest lake in Florida, the Okeechobee lake. Lake Okeechobee is a popular fishing destination for South Floridians and the lake area offers beautiful sceneries. Lake Okeechobee can be accessed from Palm Beach by driving westwards towards Belle Glade on the Southern Boulevard from West Palm Beach.

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    The Flagler museum

    by mnybondas Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    The Flagler Museum on the Palm Beach island is a good starting point for any visit to Palm Beach. The whole history of Palm Beach is associated with this site. It is also a magnificent building. The Versailles palace in France was an inspiration, when the house was built. It is still the mother of all Palm Beach mansions. Whitehall was a 60,000 square feet house with almost 60 bedrooms. The biggest private residence in Palm Beach county nowadays according to county records has only around 30,000 square feet, so it is quite modest compared to Whitehall ...

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    Beyond Palm Beach county

    by mnybondas Written Dec 30, 2003

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    There is enough to see and experience in Palm Beach county alone for a life time. Despite of this you might still be interested to visit also neighouring areas like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Florida Keys, the Florida west coast area (Naples), the Orlando area and the Kennedy Space Center. Palm Beach is centrally located, so you can easily access any other location in South or Central Florida during a day tour. Also the Grand Bahama island is only 60 miles east of West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Princess offers gambling cruises leaving from the Palm Beach port in Riviera Beach. Several cruise lines offer cruises to the Eastern or Western Caribbean from the ports in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

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    Enjoying the Atlantic Ocean

    by mnybondas Written Dec 30, 2003

    Many visitors come to South Florida to enjoy the warm weather and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline of the whole Palm Beach county is filled with beautiful beaches. If you want to choose one then perhaps the beach in Delray Beach is a good choice. Delray Beach has a nice downtown along the Atlanctic Avenue that is surrounding the beautiful white sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Other good places to choose for a beach visit are the beaches in Lake Worth, Lantana and Riviera Beach (Singer Island).

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    Aircoastal Helicopters
    2615 Lantana Road, Suite J, Lantana, 642-6840.
    Offers aerial tour packages complete with an unforgettable dining experience. If a bird’s eye view of the Palm Beaches or a topside view of the Everglades is your cup of tea, then this adventure is for you. Reservations are required.

    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
    Lee Road and State Road 441, Boynton Beach, 734-8303.
    The refuge, established in 1951, is the last remnant of land in the northern Everglades in South Florida. It was acquired in an effort to protect migratory birds, endangered species and the remaining 147,368 acres of northern Everglades habitat. Celebrate Florida’s National Wildlife Refuges. Discover the uniqueness of the Florida Everglades as you participate in a variety of programs offered free of charge. Be sure to bring a camera and binoculars to explore the nature trails or canoe trail. Look closely for anhingas, fulvous whistling ducks, smooth-billed anis, egrets, herons, alligators and turtles. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is full of surprises. Entrance fees apply.

    Beach Water Sports of Jupiter/Tequesta
    17967 U.S. 1, 743-2527 or 745-6900.
    Wave runners and boat rentals, beach facility, sightseeing tours, beach activities, monthly memberships.

    Boomers
    3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 347-1888.
    This family recreation center offers miniature golf, water bumper boats, more than 300 video games and much, much more.

    Canoe Outfitters of Florida
    8900 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, (561)746-7053.
    Canoe and kayak rental and sales. Canoe the Loxahatchee River, Florida’s only wild and scenic river designated by the federal government.

    Christopher’s Christmas Shoppe
    North Palm Beach, 848-4500.
    Visit the elaborate indoor/outdoor holiday displays, caroling by local choirs, surprise visits by Santa Claus for youngsters. A 13,000-square-foot building features quaint year-round Christmas Shoppe with large selections of trees, lights, ornaments of European glass, speciality ornaments and collectables such as Polonaise, Christopher Radko, Dean Griff, Winters Eve, Enesco, Pooh & Disney. Other collectables include a department of 56 villages and accessories, Seraphim, angels and snowbabies. Order or purchase custom designed wreaths and decorations. Go back in time with genuine Antique Christmas Ornaments and decorations. Hours of display work, you must see to believe.

    Fun Depot, Inc.
    2001 10th Avenue North, Lake Worth, 547-0817.
    Fasten your “fun” belt and experience seven acres of attractions with their 175 arcade games and amusement simulators, NasCarts, go-carts, batting cages and laser tag. Call for group rates and birthday parties. Open all year long and on holidays.

    Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
    1801 N. Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, 338-1473.
    The grounds are comprised of approximately twenty acres and include a boardwalk through the tropical hardwood hammock. One of the dominant plants is the Gumbo Limbo, a tree with distinctive reddish peeling bark and a sap resembling shellac. A 40 foot observation tower affords a spectacular view of the tropical trees, the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The facilities also include an amphitheater, four aquariums for sea turtles, sharks, and regional sea life, marine touch tank, butterfly garden and many displays about our local flora and fauna.

    Herbert Hoover Dike
    115 East Main Street, Pahokee,
    (561) 924-5579.
    Named after the late president, it was built after the devastating hurricane of 1928 when various man-made dikes failed to control the high waters of Lake Okeechobee. The Dike is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Okeechobee, the second largest lake in the United States, with 730 sq. miles of shoreline. Picnic area and campground available.

    The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
    400 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, (561) 832-4164.
    Located in downtown West Palm Beach, the Historical Society is primarily an archive and research facility. It is dedicated toward collecting and preserving all materials, especially primary source materials, pertaining to the history of Florida and in particular Palm Beach County. The Society’s collection is diverse, including letters, diaries and journals, periodicals, photographs, scrapbooks, postcards, maps and one of Florida’s largest collection of architectural drawings. There is a winter lecture series. Stop in, visit and see Florida in the past. Hours 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday- Friday. Membership available.

    Hoffman’s Chocolate Shoppe & Gardens
    5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, 967-2213.
    For generations, the Hoffman family has been creating the most luscious chocolate masterpieces using only the finest ingredients. Each year more than 150,000 visitors are received at the Hoffman’s Bavarian-style Tudor factory to watch the creations being made and to tantalize their senses with more than 80 varieties of confections. Located just in the back of our chocolate factory are the lush tropical gardens through which visitors stroll alongside colorful foliage, stopping to view the waterfall, fish pond, and a G-scale train village with 500 feet of track, while enjoying a chocolate treat. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, Hoffman’s transforms the gardens into a Winter Wonderland with over 200,000 lights and brilliant displays. Visitors from near and far transcend on Hoffman’s to view and enjoy this free event.

    International Museum of Cartoon Art
    201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 391-2200.
    If you’re a comic page buff (and we know you are), then this should be on top of your places-to-visit list. America’s only international museum devoted to the collection, preservation, exhibition and study of all genres of cartoon art is located in Boca Raton’s prestigious Mizner Park. The International Museum of Cartoon Art houses an extensive collection of over 160,000 works of art on paper, 10,000 books and 1,000 hours of animated film. The museum also features the Hearst Cartoon Hall of Fame, the Create-A-Cartoon Center, changing exhibitions and a unique gift store.

    Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
    801 Seabreeze Boulevard,
    Ft. Lauderdale, 954-462-5596.
    BBQ Dinner Cruises departs nightly 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. also daily sight-seeing cruises through the Fort Lauderdale area depart from Bahia Mar Yachting Center on Highway A1A. Daily Cruises 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Open all year. Visit our web-site at http://www.junglequeen.com.

    Jupiter Lighthouse
    U.S. Highway 1 and Highway A1A, Jupiter, 747-8380.
    The oldest existing structure in Palm Beach County and one of the most photographed structures in South Florida. Open Sunday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Last tour begins 3:15 p.m.) weather permitting. Restoration began in October ‘99 and will last for six months, please call for further information. Because it is a strenuous climb, visitors must be in good health and at least 48 inches tall. For your safety, please wear shoes fastened in the back.

    Knollwood Groves / Hallpatee Seminole Village
    8053 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach (561) 734-4800 or (800) 222-9696.
    Discover a taste of “Old Florida” at Palm Beach County’s oldest working orange grove. Enjoy a tram ride through the grove & tropical flowering jungle and visit a Native Indian village and alligator pit. Live alligator handling show every Saturday. Visit our gift shop & fresh fruit market. Open all year.

    The Last Galleon
    Jupiter, 747-7700.
    The only facility in the U.S. where the public is invited to watch the archeological process on artifacts being recovered from what is believed to be the oldest Spanish Galleon found in Florida waters. Please call in advance.

    Lion Country Safari
    2003 Lion Country Safari Road,
    Loxahatchee, 793-1084.
    Lion Country Safari, last year celebrated its 31st year as America’s first “cageless zoo.” Enjoy an exciting drive through one of the world’s great wild animal preserves with more than 1,200 wild animals roaming free within inches of your car. Then visit Safari World amusement park with narrated boat cruise, miniature golf, animal and bird displays, paddleboats, reptile park, petting zoo, picnic area, restaurant, gift shops, a new carousel and our new Lory feeding aviary. While the African Lion is still a prominent species in the preserve, Lion Country also provides a home where rare and endangered animals can live and reproduce. Lion Country is one of America’s leading centers for the education and preservation of wildlife. Rare births at Lion Country, such as the African elephant, white rhinoceros and giraffes, are some examples of the success of the cageless zoo prototype that has helped revolutionize the zoo industry.

    Loxahatchee Everglades Tour
    Boca Raton, (561) 482-0313.
    Enjoy air boat tours, the ultimate experience and see Florida the way it used to be. Loxahatchee Everglades Tours are open to the public. Take the tour and you will see all the wonders of nature in their natural state. Guided tours are available every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A one-hour environmental tour is available for reservations of parties 15 or more.

    Manatee Queen
    Behind The Crab House, Jupiter Island, 744-2191.
    Sightseeing Tours 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy the evening along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Mariah Sailing Catamaran
    Located at the North Palm Beach Marina, east of U.S. Highway 1, east of the North Palm Beach Country Club.
    (561) 844-3297 reservations and fax; (561) 329-4122 cellular. Web-site: http://www.svmariah.com.
    Mariah is a 49-passenger sailing catamaran offering you 3 1/2 hour sailing adventures on the Atlantic Ocean and the protected waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Scheduled sails: Thursday 10 a.m.; Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.; Private group charters anytime. Snorkeling trips available.

    Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
    14200 U.S. Highway 1 at Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach, 627-8280, website http://www.marinelife.org.
    Get up close and personal with endangered sea turtles in our rehabilitation facility. Aquariums & marine life exhibits help you understand the fragile environment. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. No admission charge. Donations Appreciated.

    Mounts Botanical Gardens
    531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 233-1749.
    Tour a collection of tropical and subtropical plants, including fruits, citrus, rose garden, hibiscus, herb garden, xeriscape, a rain forest and more. Open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Okeeheelee Nature Center
    Forest Hill Boulevard
    West Palm Beach, 233-1400.
    Walk along the nature trails that wind through 100 acres of native pine flatwoods and wetlands. The center’s 2.5 miles of trails include paved trails designed to be accessible to strollers and the handicapped. They feature soft surface trails leading into more remote areas of the sanctuary. The spacious visitor center offers hands-on exhibits and the gift shop offers items related to natural history.

    Palm Beach Groves
    7149 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach, 965-6699.
    Free tram rides daily through citrus groves and a packing house. Stroll through our tropical gardens. See old Florida as it once was. Fresh squeezed juice, gift shop, plant shop, country store.

    Palm Beach Polo and Country Club
    South Shore Boulevard, Wellington,
    930-POLO.
    Home to world-class polo. During the season, from January through mid-April, as many as 6,000 horses may be on the grounds. Polo riders and horses are brought in by team-owner patrons from throughout the world to participate in the oldest sport on horseback. Palm Beach Polo continues to host the U.S. Open Polo Championships. Matches are held every Sunday afternoon during season. Special matches are often held, featuring well-known celebrities.

    On The Rocks
    8400B Garden Road, Riviera Beach,
    842-2999.
    On The Rocks offers: indoor rock climbing, with over 30 feet tall climbs. Team building and challenge ropes courses that build teamwork, enhance trust and communication. Adventure trips, weekend camp-outs to week-long excursions. Portable rock climbing walls, perfect for festivals, events and company parties. That is On The Rocks!

    Palm Beach Polo and Country Club
    South Shore Boulevard, Wellington,
    930-POLO.
    Home to world-class polo. During the season, from January through mid-April, as many as 6,000 horses may be on the grounds. Polo riders and horses are brought in by team-owner patrons from throughout the world to participate in the oldest sport on horseback. Palm Beach Polo continues to host the U.S. Open Polo Championships. Matches are held every Sunday afternoon during season. Special matches are often held, featuring well-known celebrities.

    Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
    Pierson Road, Wellington, 793-JUMP.
    Home of Stadium Jumping, Inc. and International Equestrian events such as the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival. The annual stadium jumping event draws the elite during its run from January to March and is a proving ground for our United States Equestrian Team in the sport of Show Jumping and Dressage. Among its competitors, you’ll find Olympic equestrian athletes, media celebrities and 3,500 magnificent horses from around the world during the 7-week run. It serves as the site of qualifying events and selection trials to such important international events as the World Championships and the summer Olympic games. Stroll the show grounds and enjoy seeing horses and ponies of every size and breed. You’ll also see riders from as young as three years of age! Call for event schedules.

    Palm Beach Princess
    Port of Palm Beach, 845-SHIP (from Jupiter to Boynton Beach) or toll free (800) 841-7447. Offering day and evening coastal cruises, the ship travels to international waters where passengers may enjoy gaming, entertainment and a world class buffet. Sailing from the Port of Palm Beach. Call for more information or reservations 845-SHIP (from Jupiter to Boynton Beach) or toll free (800) 841-7447.

    The Palm Beach Water Taxi
    Based out of Sailfish Marina & Resort, Singer Island. 683-TAXI . The residence and visitors waterway connection to the “Best of the Palm Beaches.” Whether one partakes in the Daily Narrated Sightseeing Tours such as “Palm Beach Now & Then”, and “Nature Lovers Tour”; or simply wants to enjoy a Sunset or Moonlight Cruise; they’re sure to enjoy the Palm Beaches from one of its greatest assets, the water. Waterway transfer service is also available to and from downtown West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street District; Palm Beach Garden’s Waterway Cafe, Sailfish Marina & Resort, Singer Island; waterfront attractions, restaurants & bars; Peanut and Munyon Islands; and special events The Palm Beach Water Taxi is also available for private charters.

    Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
    1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, 533-0887.
    Discover why The Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park is the number one family attraction in Palm Beach County. This intimate, 23-acre tropical zoological garden is home to more than 400 animals representing Australia, South and Central America, Asia and Florida. The zoo is committed to the preservation of several endangered species including the Komodo dragon, bengal tiger, lemur, cotton top tamarin, golden lion tamarin, Florida panther, and features the nation’s first outdoor exhibit of Goeldi’s monkeys. Enjoy the children’s area and reptile house. Explore the Cornell Nature Trail and shaded paved walkways throughout the zoo. Enjoy refreshments at the Treehouse Cafe and search for treasures at the Zoo Gift Shop. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 547-WILD for special event information and summer and holiday hours. Visit our web-site at http://www.palmbeachzoo.org.

    PLAYMOBIL FunPark
    8031 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, 691-9880.
    The FunPark is a magical world filled with toys that inspire children’s imaginations and surround them with exciting adventures. A hands-on play area indoors. Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Special Events & Birthday parties.

    Rapids Water Park
    6566 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 842-8756.
    Rapids Water Park is South Florida’s foremost family water park with over 12 acres of attractions. Plunge down 1,600 feet of spiraling flumes, dare to ride out the storm in Tubin’ Tornadoes or blast off in the new Body Blasters enclosed slides. Get totally tubular in the quarter-mile action river, wave channel, aquatic rain forest and 25,000-square foot Big Surf Wave Pool. Little ones can also make a splash in the new Splish Splash Lagoon with 5 slides, a fort, shipwreck and water shooting canons. The Rapids is open from mid March through mid October in West Palm Beach.

    Sawgrass Recreational Park
    Located two miles north of I-75 on Hwy. 27 N. 1-800-457-0788. Fax (954) 389-9425. http://evergladestours.com. Everglades tours at Sawgrass Recreation Park show the “real” Florida — the “sea of grass.” See the Everglades by airboat, visit an Indian village, alligator and reptile exhibit and birds of prey. Allow two hours for everything. Gift shop, craft stand, food, freshwater fishing.

    South Florida Science Museum
    4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, 832-1988.
    At the South Florida Science Museum, dozens of hands-on permanent exhibits as well as special traveling exhibitions appeal to all ages. The McGlinty Aquarium features tanks with Pacific and Atlantic species as well as Mangrove & Coral Reef habitats. The Aldrin Planetarium offers exciting star shows and spectacular laser light concerts. The Museum is open Mon. - Thurs, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sundays from Noon-6 p.m. On Friday nights the Telescope Observatory is open for sky viewing from dark to 10 p.m. (weather permitting.) Special traveling exhibits for 2000 include STAR TREK: FEDERATION SCIENCE, January 29 - May 1, 2000, and FROGS!!, May 29 - October 31, 2000. Admission is $6 for Adults and $4 for children 3-17. Children under 3 are free. For more information call (561) 832-1988.

    Sports Immortals Museum
    6830 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 997-2575.
    Since the Palm Beaches is where baseball begins (Spring Training, remember?), it is only fitting that the largest sports memorabilia collection in the world is here too. An unbelievable display of rare sports collectables and video presentations provide an exciting look at the history of sports. Special features include theme parties, field trips, tours and fund raisers.

    SunCruz Casino
    Sailing out of the Riviera Beach Marina at noon and 7:00 p.m. daily. Call 1-800-474-DICE for reservations and information. SunCruz Casino is a seven day a week, two sails a day, action-packed gaming experience. You’ll find over 300 slots, 19 table games, poker room, sports book and the best odds outside of Las Vegas! Couple this with the friendliest staff on the sea and their bountiful buffet and beverage service and you couldn’t ask for more.

    Yesteryear Village
    South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, (561) 793-0333.
    First established in 1992, Yesteryear Village is now a major attraction at the South Florida Fairgrounds. In addition to being open during the 17 days of the South Florida Fair in January, the Village is host to two events during the year; Summer Fair in May and Christmas in the Village in December. Yesteryear Village is also home to the magnificent Bink Glisson Museum. Creative artisans and craftsman, along with historic re-enactors bring the past to life in a wholesome entertainment venue.

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    Statues in Worth Avenue

    by GUYON Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    In the streets, near Worth Avenue, there is a permanent exibit of coloured bronze statues.
    They are charming. To not miss ?

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