Soak up the sun and sights with guided tours in The Palm Beaches

Let locals be your guide when visiting paradise

Vacation should be your time to unwind and enjoy the adventure. Knowing this, we’ve made it easy for you to pick a tour that fits your interests and book a tour. Guided tours are great ways to experience a place new, while feeling secure in knowing everything has been planned for you. Now select, reserve and sit back to enjoy the time of your life.
Options include riding a carriage, climbing aboard a helicopter, stepping aboard a vessel or peddling around charming towns and city neighborhoods - all with a guide that will show you the way. Here’s a list of just some of the guided tours that you can do while you’re visiting The Palm Beaches.
 
Tours by Foot
Some say a walking tour is the best way to learn about a town. The Palm Beaches are no exception, with various historical and architectural tours available. Most of the tours require reservations, so call ahead to save your spot.
Downtown West Palm Beach History Strolls – West Palm Beach, Fla. (Seasonal)
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County hosts a stroll through Downtown West Palm Beach from January to April. The one-hour guided tour showcases the evolution of the area’s buildings, landmarks and includes an overview of the changes currently taking place in the city.

Spady Museum Ride and Remember Trolley Tour of Delray Beach


This two-hour trolley/walking tour focuses on the five historic districts in Delray Beach, sharing the diverse culture and history of this charming beach town. Riders will tour the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Old School Square, Cornell Museum and selected historic and garden sites. While the trolley is air conditioned, riders will be doing considerable walking so comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

Wicked Delray Ghost Tours – Delray Beach, Fla.


Delray Beach is known to be a fun community, but it also seems to have a quirky side. At least, that’s what you’ll hear when you take part in The Wicked Delray Ghost Tour. The hour-long tour is full of ghost stories of people who still wander homes and hotels in town. Tour leader Marilyn Egan meets groups dressed in black and glowing lantern in hand.
Worth Avenue Historical Tour – Palm Beach, Fla. (Seasonal)
Lasting about one hour and fifteen minutes, the tour covers much of the history of Worth Avenue. Worth Avenue is one of the most notable addresses in the world, with its shops and businesses catering to the most exclusive of clients. The area’s architectural influence along with its impact on fashion and society make it a captivating tour. The walk is seasonal, running December through April.
 
Interested in the intimacy of a walk … but something a little easier on your feet? How about a Segway tour or a horse and carriage ride?

Horse and Carriage Rides - West Palm Beach, Fla.
Riding along to the clip-clop of hooves will instantly put you in a relaxed and happy mood. Put away your cell phone and enjoy the sights as your carriage winds through downtown or along the Intracoastal Waterway. The carriages can handle up to six passengers, but a romantic ride for two makes for a really special evening.

Palm Beach Segway Tours – West Palm Beach, Fla.


Offering one and two hour tours Palm Beach Segway Tours will show you West Palm Beach and Palm Beach in futuristic style. You will hover along beautiful walks and take in scenery with a healthy dose of laughter and entertainment thrown in for good measure.
 
Guided Food and Drink Tours


Foodies love The Palm Beaches and for good reason: with agriculture as our top economic driver, we have a diverse array of farm-fresh eateries and innovative drinking establishments. You can be guided to some great dining by one the several food tours available. Enjoy a few hours with the likes of West Palm Beach Food Tour, Taste History Culinary Tour, Savor Our City or Craft Food Tours and you’ll sample some of the best food and drink The Palm Beach has to offer. Sometimes the tour doesn’t require a walk, which is the case with the Damn Good Beer Bus. Hop on board and you’ll be taken to some great local craft beer breweries to sample their finest products.
 
Guided Cultural Tours


Not every guided tour requires lots of walking. The Palm Beaches has a collection of culturally-oriented tours that offer a feast for the eyes and easy on the feet. Places like the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum will walk you through one of America’s first super-mansions, packed with art and furnishings from America’s Gilded Age. The Norton Museum of Art offers highlight tours of their 7-thousand-piece collection as well as informal Thursday evening tours with live music and talks. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers Sunset and Moonrise tours that offer spectacular views and a look back at the early culture of The Palm Beaches. The Society Of The Four Arts offers guided group tours of the art exhibition and the beautiful botanical gardens. In Boca Raton, a tour of the Boca Raton Museum of the Arts is sure to please, with a trained guide walking you through the museum’s current exhibitions and permanent collections.
 
Tours by Car

Flamingo Quest - birding by car

Flamingo Quest – Western Palm Beach County, Fla. (Seasonal)
The Audubon Society of the Everglades provides a seasonal tour that searches for breathtaking wild flamingos deep inside a 15-thousand acre constructed wetland area. Seeing flamingos in the wild is a rare treat, and birding experts from the Palm Beach County Audubon Chapter will drive you past the security gates and show you a serene world of waterfowl, alligators and endless fields of grassy waters. The trip is sure to be a winner with anyone wishing to the beauty and majesty of the natural landscape.

Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee, Fla.


A visit to Lion Country Safari is already a fun and fascinating day for the entire family, but there are some special opportunities for those seeking a personalized guided tour. Visitors can choose a Toddler Tour especially designed for kids aged 5 and younger. The tour includes an animal encounter, an opportunity to feed an animal and an age-appropriate activity. An “Insider Tour” will give you a walking tour of the park’s Safari World with three animal encounters, and a guided Photo Tour will allow photographers the chance to shoot a wide range of the park’s animals up close.
 
Tours by Bike
Island Living Tours – Palm Beach, Fla.


Pedaling around a tropical island is hard to beat. Maybe that’s why you have a selection of bicycle guide services to pick from on Palm Beach. Island Living, Palm Beach offers several tours that cover the town’s history and architectural beauty. Year-round resident Leslie Diver gives each tour a local’s perspective. Island Living does not rent bikes, but near-by shops like Palm Beach Bicycle or ebikes2you.com can set you up.

Pedego Electric Bikes Tours and Rentals - Juno Beach, Fla.
A bike tour can be cooler and last longer when the bike is electric powered! Pedego Electric Bikes Tours and Rentals has the bikes and their tours couldn't pamper you more.  They offer pick-up and drop-off service to one of three available tours and they even provide lunch. Select between Back Country Trail Tour, Jupiter Beach Inlet Tour and Palm Beach Trail Tours.  Each touch key landmarks in their areas and there's plenty of time to enjoy the sights.

Visit Palm Beach  – West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

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In addition to watersport tours, this vendor also offers bike tours of Palm Beach and Downtown West Palm Beach. Both the routes start from the West Palm Beach waterfront and will take you to streets a bit less traveled. Plan on seeing some beautiful, quiet neighborhoods and hearing a lot of entertaining stories along the way. Visit Palm Beach will set you up with a bike and make sure you’re fitted for a comfortable ride.
 
Tours by Water
Beach Water Sports Boat Tours – Jupiter, Fla.
Boating is pretty much a must-do when you’re in the tropics, so taking a boat tour is a great way to see the area like a native. Unlike larger boat tours this one is made up of just you, the captain and the boat. Beach Water Sports will rent you an appropriate sized boat (you can go hourly or by half/full day) and for an hourly charge an experienced boat captain will take you out and show you all the sights. Tours for wildlife, sightseeing and sunset views are available.

DivaDuck Amphibious Tour – West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

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The closest thing you’ll find to an old-school tour bus comes with quite a twist! DivaDuck Amphibious Tours will take you over land and sea to check out the sights. The 75-minute tour will drive through historical neighborhoods and then … take a hard-right turn into the waterway that runs up and down the coast to point to some of the area’s most notable mansions and landmarks.

Lacuna Tours – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Head out on your own private tour on the Lacuna, a hurricane deck boat with seating for eight people. Captain Bobby Alcott will take you for a beautiful eco-tour of the area, complete with snorkeling stops or even fishing if you so desire. Get ready for a lighthearted and informative tour from a local waterway expert!

Visit Palm Beach Catamaran Tour – West Palm Beach, Fla

 

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If having your own private boat captain isn’t a priority, you can try a catamaran cruise from Visit Palm Beach. Their 50ft boat will seat 40 people and take you on a sightseeing tour from the waterway’s perspective. The trip promises laughter and good times for all on board this beautiful catamaran.
 
 
Tours by Air
Okay, this may be the ultimate form of guided tour. For a price, you can be taken for a helicopter ride high above the ocean and enjoy views that are inspiring and truly photo-worthy. Rides can last from 30 minutes to well over an hour. Reservations are required and flights are limited to 3 passengers per flight.
 
Cloud 9 Helicopters – West Palm Beach, Fla.


Cloud 9 offers tour flights that will take you over inlets and local islands for a view of a lifetime. If you have a specific interest, Cloud 9 can customize the flight to make sure you get the best views. If you want have more time in the air, you can extend the tour to any time you wish.

Ocean Helicopters airborne tours- West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ocean Helicopters has a selection of preset tours to pick from, including an ocean tour, a Palm Beach/downtown tour, and a sunset tour. If the weather is warm enough, you can choose to remove the chopper’s doors for an unobstructed view that will last a lifetime.

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