Guide to The Palm Beaches for The Adventurer Active…
Let locals be your guide when visiting our piece of South Florida. Try one of these tours by land, water, or air.
Vacation is your time to unwind and enjoy new experiences, so we’ve made it easy for you to find and book a tour that fits your interests. Guided tours are great ways to see a place while knowing everything has been planned for you.
Here, options include climbing aboard a helicopter, stepping aboard a vessel or pedaling around charming towns and city neighborhoods – all with a guide who will show you the way. Here’s a list of just some of the guided tours that you can take while you’re visiting The Palm Beaches.
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 (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 and landmarks, and includes an overview of the changes currently taking place in the city.
This two-hour trolley/walking tour focuses on the five historic districts in Delray Beach, sharing the culture and history of this charming beach town. Riders will tour the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Old School Square, Cornell Art Museum, and selected historic and garden sites. While the trolley is air-conditioned, considerable walking is involved, so comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.
Wicked Delray Ghost Tours – Delray Beach
Delray Beach is known to be a fun community, but it also has 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, glowing lantern in hand.
Worth Avenue Historical Tour – Palm Beach (Seasonal) Lasting about 1 hour 15 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 Riding along to the clip-clop of hooves will instantly put you in a relaxed frame of mind. Put away your cell phone and enjoy the sights as your carriage winds through downtown or along the Intracoastal Waterway. The carriages can hold up to six passengers, but a romantic ride for two makes for a really special evening.
Offering one- and two-hour tours Palm Beach Segway Tours will show you West Palm Beach and Palm Beach in futuristic style. Glide along beautiful walks and take in scenery with a healthy dose of laughter and entertainment thrown in for good measure.
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Foodies love The Palm Beaches, and for good reason: With agriculture as a top economic driver, we have a diverse array of farm-fresh eateries and innovative drinking establishments. 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 Tours, Taste History Culinary Tours, Savor Our City or Craft Food Tours and sample some of the best food and drink The Palm Beaches have 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.
Not every guided tour requires lots of walking. The Palm Beaches have a collection of cultural tours that offer a feast for the eyes and are easy on the feet. Places like the 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 7,000-piece collection, as well as informal Thursday-evening tours with live music and talks.
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 its art exhibition and beautiful botanical gardens. In Boca Raton, a tour of the Boca Raton Museum of Art is sure to please, with a trained guide walking you through the museum’s current exhibitions and permanent collections.
Flamingo Quest – Western Palm Beach County (Seasonal) The Audubon Society of the Everglades provides a seasonal tour that searches for breathtaking wild flamingos deep inside a 15,000-acre wetland area. Seeing flamingos in the wild is a rare treat, and birding experts will drive you past the security gates and show you a serene world of waterfowl, alligators and endless fields of grassy waters. This trip is sure to be a winner with anyone wishing to see the beauty and majesty of the natural landscape.
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 tour. Visitors can choose a Toddler Tour 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 gives you a walking tour of the park’s Safari World with three animal encounters, and a guided Photo Tour allows photographers the chance to shoot a wide range of the park’s animals up close.
Pedaling around a tropical island is hard to beat. Maybe that’s why you have a selection of bicycle 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 doesn’t rent bikes, but nearby shops like Palm Beach Bicycle can set you up with one.
Pedego Electric Bikes Tours and Rentals – Juno Beach 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.
In addition to watersport tours, this vendor offers bike tours of Palm Beach and Downtown West Palm Beach. Both routes start from the West Palm Beach waterfront and 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.
Beach Water Sports Boat Tours – Jupiter 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, 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.
The closest thing you’ll find to an old-school tour bus comes with a twist. DivaDuck Amphibious Tours will take you over land and sea to check out the sights. This 75-minute tour drives through historical neighborhoods and then … takes 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 Head out on your own private tour on the Lacuna, a hurricane deck boat with seating for eight. 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.
If having your own private boat captain isn’t a priority, you can try a catamaran cruise from Visit Palm Beach. Their 50-foot boat seats 40 and takes you on a sightseeing tour from the waterway’s perspective. The trip promises laughter and good times for all on board this beautiful catamaran.
Okay, this may be the ultimate guided tour. For a price, you can go 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 Cloud 9 offers tour flights that will take you over inlets and local islands for the 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.
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