Getting to Know The Palm Beaches from A to Z
A race to the end – of the alphabet
A is for Art. Begin your artistic exploration at must-see art festivals and events, such as CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show and ArtiGras, then take a peek around unique art galleries found only in The Palm Beaches. If performing arts are more your style, head to The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Arts Garage, or Maltz Jupiter Theatre for amazing live shows and performances.
C is for Camping. Reconnect with nature under the clear night skies, or find your inner balance through off‐the‐beaten-path campground experiences at KOA Campground at Lion Country Safari, Peanut Island Campground, and South Bay RV Campground.
D is for Dining. The culinary scene comes alive with local flavors at area green markets, tempting farm-to-table eateries, vegan-friendly fare and delicious dockside dining. Grab your forks, there are tons of unique eateries waiting to tantalize your taste buds.
E is for Equestrian and Polo. Whether you’re an avid-equestrian enthusiast, a professional show jumper, or simply a spectator in the stands, The Palm Beaches is the destination for all things polo and equestrian. Top events to see and be seen are the Winter Equestrian Festival, Palm Beach International Polo Season, and the International Gay Polo Tournament.
F is for Family Fun. Ranging from unexpected family attractions such as learning about gentle sea cows at Manatee Lagoon, experiencing a turtle walk, visiting South Florida’s largest waterpark, playing a friendly game of mini-golf, or getting up-close and personal with wildlife. The Palm Beaches have more than 100 family-friendly attractions waiting to be explored.
G is for Golf. With 17 of the top 25 ranked courses in all of South Florida located in the area, there’s always a year-round reason to play. Start by hitting the links, or watching golfing legends like Tiger Woods tee it up at world-renowned tournaments, but you don’t have to take our word for it to discover why The Palm Beaches are a golfer’s paradise.
H is for History. Since Henry Morrison Flagler landed in 1893 and declared Palm Beach a “veritable paradise,” Hollywood elite and heads of state have come to enjoy the lush island of Palm Beach. Located in what was once his winter residence, Whitehall, The Flagler Museum offers a glimpse in to the life of the mogul who left such an immense impact on the region. For more about the history of the area, consider visiting the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum or the Boca Raton Historical Society.
I is for Ice Cream. There are ice cream shops all over the world, but nowhere else has Sloan’s Ice Cream. From the heavenly aroma of freshly baked goods to the whimsical décor and magical glass bathrooms, walking into Sloan’s truly feels as if you’ve stepped into a fantasy starring Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka.
J is for Juice. Drink up, because things are getting juicy in the Palm Beaches. Thanks to local juice bars such as Raw Juce and 3 Natives, everyone wants a piece of the fresh-juice action. Juicers just can't get enough of these vitamin-packed drinks, and juice and smoothie bars are meeting the need.
K is for Kayaking. The Palm Beaches offer dozens of spots to kayak and see Florida’s authentic eco-wonders. Revel in nature as you paddle along in serenity, or explore in a group and snap photos of wild birds in the Intracoastal Waterway.
L is for Luxury. Succumb to the finer things in life in a destination historically known for its sophisticated elegance and lavish offerings. From the prestigious Worth Avenue shopping district, to indulgent spas and luxurious amenities in award-winning resorts. But who said luxury can’t be affordable? With dining deals such as “Worth lunching” and Flavor Palm Beach, or luxurious amenities to spoil yourself during October’s Spa & Wellness Month, you’re sure to find what you seek within your budget.
M is for Meetings. Come for business, and stay for pleasure. The destination has a wide mix of meeting space, including the Palm Beach County Convention Center, a variety of hotels and resorts, and unique off-site meeting venues.
N is for Nature. Whether you seek a sunset cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway, a bike ride along the Palm Beach Lake Trail or a hike along any of the Palm Beach County trails, you are sure to find your center amongst the naturally spectacular beauty of The Palm Beaches.
O is for Ocean. 47 miles of pristine clean and clear ocean beaches make The Palm Beaches the best way to experience Florida. From Jupiter to Boca Raton, you can find the best beaches for lounging under the sun, or, for more active tastes, watersports like fishing, snorkeling, boating, and paddling.
P is for Parks. There are numerous parks for nature enthusiasts to explore the great outdoors, like Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, and Riverbend Park. For a complete listing of all parks, visit Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation homepage.
Q is for Quirky. Museums such as Norton Museum of Art, Silverball Museum & Arcade, and The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum are sure to satisfy your desire for a fun, quirky activity. No matter if your interests are art, history, science or even trains, your quest for quirky museums is sure to lead you to a one-of-a-kind experience.
R is for Romance. Steal a kiss in "naturally romantic” spots, pop the question in a place that will make your sweetie’s heartbeat, or celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone. When planning your romantic getaway, don’t forget about the many romantic restaurant options or the lengthy list of lodging selections available.
S is for Shopping. Shopaholics, trendsetters, and fashionistas can search for the latest trends or designer threads in outdoor shopping districts, score brand-name bargains at outlet malls, then scour antiques and consignment couture for treasures.
T is for Tours. Tired of the routine sightseeing tour? Try something a little different like bar hopping through Downtown West Palm Beach, tasting your way through Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Delray Beach, or peddling your way through Palm Beach.
U is for Underwater. Underwater enthusiasts can dive in the mysterious ocean depths of the Atlantic Ocean to discover a diver’s paradise filled with an abundance of marine life and natural reefs waiting to be explored. Highlights include the acclaimed Underwater Snorkel Trail at Phil Foster Park and the newest edition to the artificial reef system, The Ana Cecilia cargo ship.
V is for Vegetation. South Florida’s native trees and plants are some of the most spectacular in the world, and there’s no better way to enjoy the lush landscape than by taking a stroll through the beautiful botanical grounds at Mounts Botanical Gardens, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Pan’s Garden or Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
W is for Wine & Brew. Savor spectacular cocktails and craft brews, all to the last drop. And don’t forget about our impressive wine scene where there’s something for everyone, no matter the price point.
X is for Xscape Experiences at places like Legends of Xscape and The Great Escapist. While it may look and feel like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle. Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and make your “xscape” in 60 minutes or less.
Y is for Year-Round Nightlife. Once the sun goes down, the night comes to life with activities for all ages. Popular spots include Downtown West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street and CityPlace, Waterfront Commons, Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue, Boca Raton’s Mizner Park.
Z is for the Palm Beach Zoo. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is home to more than 500 animals on 23 shaded tropical acres, including endangered Malayan tigers, Mexican spider monkeys, jaguars and more! The lush grounds layout also includes an Interactive Play Fountain (with changing tents), a Conservation Station which includes a Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train for children to ride, and interactive wildlife presentations.