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25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida
6/25/16 - By Allison Tibaldi
You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite.
In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.
If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.
1. Palm Beach County is a prime turtle nesting spot and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a rehabilitation hospital for injured sea turtles, provides the chance to learn about these fascinating reptiles.
2. Meet the iconic manatee at Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach, where a dedicated area for viewing these adorable sea cows allows for up-close access.
3. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter offers visitors an opportunity to observe Florida wildlife, including bald eagles, deer and black bears.
4. Malayan tigers, Mexican spider monkeys, and jaguars all call the intimate Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach home.
5. The Sandoway House Nature Center in Delray Beach offers a window into South Florida's fragile marine and freshwater environments through encounters with some of Florida's native and invasive reptile species.
6. John D. MacArthur State Beach, a haven for several endangered plant species, is home to a terrific nature center, where kids can learn about marine life and the estuary ecosystem.
7. Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. in Jupiter is one place to go for stand up paddle board lessons and guided kayak tours.
8. Learn to snorkel with the friendly guides of Visit Palm Beach.
9. Once you’ve got snorkeling down, head to the Blue Heron Bridge area at Phil Foster Park, where you’ll find an underwater snorkel trail loaded with octopus, spotted rays, and starfish.
10. Peanut Island, near Riviera Beach, is an 80-acre treasure that was once the site of JFK’s secret bunker. Clear waters entice snorkelers and swimmers while the pathways that circle the island attract nature seekers.
11. When you feel the need for a deep freeze, take a spin around the ice at Palm Beach Ice Works in West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Skate Zone in Lake Worth for frosty skating fun.
12. Score a strike at Jupiter Lanes, home to 60 state-of-the-art bowling lanes.
13. Rapids Water Park’s splashy rides include a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a quarter-mile lazy river, and "Brain Drain," where adventure seekers enter a launch tube and wait for the bottom to drop out beneath them for a 300-foot tube slide.
14. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, a planetarium, an early childhood education room, theater, science lab, and butterfly garden.
15. The Four Arts Children’s Library’s vast collection, special exhibits, storytime, and botanical garden make this an alluring place to spend quiet time.
16. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee is Florida’s only drive-through safari adventure with more than 900 animals, including giraffes, lions, and the largest herd of zebra outside of Africa.
17. The amphibious vehicles at Diva Duck Tours give narrated 75-minute tours of the historic sites and mansions of Palm Beach.
18. Consider a round of twilight mini-golf with the waves as background soundtrack at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Jupiter Beach.
19. If your kids take a shine to the high brow, the Flagler Museum is a Downton Abbey-esque gilded-age mansion. Grab a kid’s activity guide at the entrance.
20. The 10-mile Lake Trail in Palm Beach provides flat, traffic-free cycling with postcard-like scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway. Rent bikes, tandems, helmets, and inline skates at the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop.
21. A free, family-friendly concert series, Clematis By Night, takes place on the West Palm Beach waterfront every Thursday night from 6-9pm.
22. Screen On The Green screens alfresco family-friendly movies every second Friday of the month at the West Palm Beach waterfront.
23. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach’s cultural concierge is a complimentary service that provides an arts-infused itinerary tailored to your family’s interests.
24. Visit the Impressionist collection at the Norton Museum of Art on Saturday morning for the Family Studio program, a thematic tour followed by a related art workshop. Note: The museum is closed until July 4 for reinstallation.
25. When heat and humidity increase the cranky factor, head to an indoor playground such as Cool Beans, Monkey Joe’s, and Joey’s Outback Adventure.
THE ART OF VACATION
Check out this list for the ultimate in the area’s free activities.
1. Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Natural Areas — Around Palm Beach County
2. Gallery exhibitions at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre — West Palm Beach
3. Gallery exhibitions at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County — Lake Worth
4. Biking on the Palm Beach Lake Trail — Palm Beach
5. West Palm Beach GreenMarket (October through May) — West Palm Beach
6. Delray Beach GreenMarket (October through May) — Delray Beach
7. Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center — Riviera Beach
8. Botanical Gardens at the Society of the Four Arts — Palm Beach
9. CityPlace free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays — West Palm Beach
10. Strolling through the Pineapple Grove Arts District — Delray Beach
11. Live music at Harbourside Place on Saturdays — Jupiter
12. Nature Centers — Around Palm Beach County
13. Underwater Snorkeling Trail at Phil Foster Park — Riviera Beach
14. Clematis by Night on Thursdays — West Palm Beach
15. Old School Square outdoor concerts (October through January) — Delray Beach
16. Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Juno Beach
17. Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum — West Palm Beach
18. Grassy Waters Preserve — West Palm Beach
19. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge — Loxahatchee
20. Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley — West Palm Beach
21. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center — Boca Raton
22. Cornell Museum of Art at Old School Square — Delray Beach
23. Birdwatching at Wakodahatchee Wetlands — Delray Beach
24. A day at the beach! — Around Palm Beach County
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Lake Worth is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, which takes its name from the body of water along its eastern border, originally called "Lake Worth", and now generally known as the Lake Worth Lagoon.
A youthful, yet historic, city in The Palm Beaches, Lake Worth balances cutting-edge art and high-tech cultural offerings with more than 1,000 vintage buildings. It's stylish, revitalized downtown is the home base for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach Countyand the Lake Worth Playhouse, as well as the city’s annual holiday parade and street painting festival. Filled with coffee houses, antique malls, mom-and-pop restaurants and art galleries, this artistic community in the west is sure to give you an experience in The Art of Florida Living.
The Lake Worth Lagoon is a small Florida community at the intersection of form and function. An extraordinary place where tranquility meets creativity.
Where the sun shines bright, and the ideas shine even brighter.
Where warm tropics meet hot topics.
Where the power of potential turns every day into a blank canvas.
This isn't just a lifestyle. It's an art form.
This vibrant downtown area is best described as colorful, artistic and bohemian. Along its two main streets, Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue, visitors can meander through the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, music venues and unique specialty shops. Lake Worth has become a center for the finest visual arts, experimental music, dance, and theater groups, and its exuberance is reflected in the many locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, and public art forms that dot the streets downtown. One thing not to miss is the annual Street Painting Festival where colorful murals fill the avenues.
Offering many restaurants from quaint water-front dining with live entertainment to upscale gourmet restaurants, beautiful, endless beaches, a new fishing pier, historic buildings, a close by outlet-mall, a revitalized downtown with an eclectic mix of antique stores, specialty shops, art galleries, music venues and special events, numerous golf courses
... Lake Worth Lagoon has it all!
It is also home to over 1,000 historic cottages. It's the largest concentration of cottages anywhere in Florida! Located adjacent to the downtown Lake Worth area, the city’s quaint cottages are painted in whimsical pastels and draped by a beautiful canopy of trees.
A 10 minute drive takes you past the new "Winter White House" to down town Palm Beach with all its cultural amenities and ambiance.
"Palm Beach County owns the phrase 'Florida's Cultural Capital' for a reason ... its heart beats from a wide range of cultural opportunities, including music, dance, museums and theaters."
If you are in the mood for a more laid back experience a 30 minute drive West places you on the edge of the primordial area also known as the Everglades.
Palm Beach offers a large number of great restaurants for all walks of live.
Here are a few places we like to go to, however this is just a small sample of a great array of choices available in Palm Beach.
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The Lake Worth Lagoon offers many beaches including the newly reconstructed Lake Worth Beach Complex on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
It has quickly become the new travel destination in South Florida.
Lake Worth and West Palm Beach will surprise you with a large variety of excellent restaurants and diverse cuisine; from quaint water-front dining with live entertainment to upscale gourmet restaurants - Palm Beach has it all!
Golf is a favorite in Lake Worth as well. It offers several golf course right in its vicinity. The Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course, one of the most scenic courses in The Palm Beaches, is located right on the Intracostal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon.
Life in Lake Worth is not just a lifestyle.
It is an art form.
One event not to be missed is the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, where the asphalt becomes a canvas in a temporary, open-air museum. Many other cultural activities, like the Reggae Fest, Culinary Festival (and many more ...) center around the tree-shaded square on Lake and Lucern Avenues of the Lake Worth Lagoon.
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