the south florida science museum is located in dreher park off of parker road south of downtown. this interesting museum has a planetarium, aquarium. and an egyption room. the florida science museum is great place to take children when in the west palm beach area.see the attached web site for admission and times.
the morikami museum and gardens is located south of west palm in nearby delray beach. the museum and gardens is named after george morikami who was a early delray settler. the museum has an interesting collection of meiji period japanese art. the japanese gardens are a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. for those interested in japanese art and culture the morikami is the best museum in the state of florida. for admission and times see the attached web site.
the flagler museum is located in palm beach just across lake worth from downtown west palm beach. the museum is in henry flagler's 1902 mansion named white hall. white hall is listed on the national register of historic places. today the museum has a collection of artifacts from america's gilded age during the turn of the 20 th century. the museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from all over the world. for those interested in art and architecture the flagler museum is a worth while stop when in the west palm beach area. for admission and times see the attached web site.
If you are in WPB and just need a place to kick back and chill and kill a few hours, its a perfect place to go. The time is cheap and the beers are good too. We stayed till like 8, and a band came in and started playing. The lead singer was a girl, and the band was pretty cool so we stayed for their first set, and actually told our other friends from the area to go there. Seems like an all walks of life kinda place, but everyone there was cool, got along, and seemed like a place like cheers, everybody knows your name! Check it out if you like to play pool or lookin to hear a good band play.
It is a Chic commercial district, with lots of nice restaurants, bars, shops/department stores (Macy's) and an IMAX cinema.
Parking is a headache, suggest to part in the CityPalace Garage, $1 per hour ($6 max.)
My family and I loved going to Adventure Times Kayak. The owner Steve got us all set up with the gear. They rent various types and brands of sea kayaks. They even have new ones from Hobie Cat that you peddle, instead of paddling. It was great, next time we are going on a guided eco tour to Mutton Island and Peanut Island. My family is not the biggest outdoors kind of group, but they had the best time ever. I highly recommend this if you’re down on holiday or just live there locally. I feel this is a new activity that I can partake in for the rest of my life.
There is this really cool place where I was able to get within a foot of some of the most amazing animals I have ever seen. It is called McCarthys Wildlife Sanctuary and its located in the Acreage of West Palm Beach. I found it online looking for something to do with my kids. I was given a private guided tour of this amazing place that was like a tropical paradise. Beautiful plants and all kinds of animals. My kids had a blast and always beg me to take them back We were able to see lions, tigers, panthers, snakes, gators and all kinds of cool critters. I recommend it to anyone who wants an intimate encounter with some beautiful animals. The best thing is it was a non-profit sanctuary and all fees go to helping take care of the animals.
The Norton Art Museum is one of the premiere museums in South Florida. Despite this, it always seems under-visited. If you don't like crowds and want to escape the heat, this is the perfect retreat in the summer time. Inside you will find permanent collections of American, Chinese, European, and Contemporary Art, along with Photography. The temporary exhibits are often great and overshadow the permanent exhibits. Recent temporary exhibits have seemed to focus on folk art, pop art, and art by minority groups.
Be sure to check out the museum calendar--the art talks are supposedly quite good. Also, if you're someone who loves knowing one thing in-depth over a brisk survey, don't miss the "Treasure of the Month" lectures, where museum staff pick one piece from the permanent collection and give an in-depth talk on its history.
Two seconds from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton (just between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway nestled in the native trees sits Gumbo Limbo. If you're into sealife, fauna and flora- go here! There is a $3 suggested donation to get in.
Head to the back of the entrance to witness four saltwater pools chock full of cool sealife... i.e. nurse sharks, hammerhead sharks, sting rays, horseshoe crabs, seaturtles, eels, starfish, puffer fish, etc. etc. There are volunteers surrounding these pools happy to answer any questions you might have about the animals. I think we stayed there fascinated by the beautiful little seaturtles for atleast an hour. This is a must-see!
There are two nature trails, one takes you along a boardwalk through a natural South Florida hammock and mangrove forest. Half way down the trail there is a cool 40-foot high wooden observation tower, climb up its many steps for a beautiful view of the Atlantic on one side, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. The other nature trail is a foot path.
There is also a small butterfly garden, classrooms/, tons of examples of native plant life and a cute little gift shop.
Check out one of my West Palm Beach albums for more pics from Gumbo Limbo and closeby Red Reef Park.
A beautiful taste of Japan in Palm Beach County....
This place is spectacular. Upon your arrival I suggest you watch the introductory movie, explore the gallery with a permanent collection and visiting exhibits, then wander through their beautiful Japanese gardens and finish with a delicious lunch at their patio restaurant, The Cornell Cafe overlooking the pond.
I highly recommend the Edamame to start and the Asian Eggplant with Garlic Sauce for your entreé. They also have a nice sushi selection.
Lastly stop in their gift shop for some beautiful Japanese souvenirs & wares.
This place is a sparkling little gem in the heart of Palm Beach county if you're into art.... the permanent collection houses pieces by the likes of Miro, Gauguin, Monet, O'Keefe, Mattise, Picasso, Pollack...
The special exhibitions are always fantastic- we've seen works by Rodin, Mucha & Chihuly to name a few. Picturing French Style Three Hundred Years of Art and Fashion was an incredibly cool exhibit too...
The museum is located in downtown West Palm, it's a beautiful building seconds away from the Intracoastal Waterway. There is a nice cafe and gift shop also.
General admission is $8. This not including special exhibitions.
This is actually a Delray Beach tip, hidden in the West Palm section, but like I said, all the towns run together, so oh well!
Take I95 south to Atlantic Ave. and head east, you'll go through a slightly sketchy area first but then you'll hit the ultra-chic, fun, charming area chock full of great boutiques, tasty restaurants with outdoor seating, fun bars, dance clubs, ice cream shops, etc. There are a couple of hotels on Atlantic Ave.- The Colony & The Marriott, so you can stay right on this great little street if you wish.
Some Hightlights (which i hope to expand upon eventually):
Sazio- for great Italian (more to come)
Blue Anchor- for drinks (a traditional English pub transported from England brick by brick to Delray Beach)
City Limits- for dancing beneath the stars to kinda cheesey but fun music and cold drinks
Splendid Blendeds- for DELICIOUS food in an unpretentious setting
Delux- for a clubby dance scene and martinis
If you keep heading east on Atlantic Ave. you eventually end up at Delray Beach which is vast, fun and lively. You can rent jet skis and other water related items, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. People of all ages frequent this beach, families, singles, everyone.
This beach is huge. You can come here and watch baby sea turtle hatch and run into the ocean at night. Maybe you prefer sunbath during the day, or playing beach volly ball.
Maybe you prefer some excitment while catching a tan. I recomend chartering a fishing tour. There are many to choose from.
There are great local seafood resturants, and shoppping. Bars and night clubs are endless since you are close to downtown. other things close by are gambiling boats arts& craft fairs and live music.
Clematis Street is the place to be in West Palm Beach. If you are up for shopping in the day and dancing in the evening the clubs are open until 4AM.
The Clematis Street area has emerged as the arts and entertainment center of West Palm Beach. Clematis Street features frequent live entertainment, free trolley service and parking in some locations. Stores featured on Clematis Street include Ann Taylor Loft, Tommy Bahama's and more.
If you want a perfect tan here is what you do. You go to the beach, lay out a comfy Mat or Towel, Bring a stero or a good book, water ( very important ), Maybe something to snack on, and then apply sun screen ( also a must) You can still get plenty of a tan and a more healthy of a tan with the use of sun screen. It will also prevent wrinkes. :) Then kick back and enjoy. Going in the water also is a must. Just be careful, as should always when swimming. Bring snorkle gear and stuff to build a wonderful sand castle. The beach can be the most relaxing place in the world. ENJOY!!!