10 Things to Do in West Palm Beach

Start exploring The Palm Beaches’ largest city with these 10 must-see attractions.

Home to a breathtaking waterfront, bustling entertainment districts and scenic neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is a lot more than just palm trees and beaches. With sunny skies, picture-perfect weather, and exciting outdoor and cultural attractions, this vibrant destination offers visitors a paradise of year-round entertainment. If you haven’t yet visited or are just unsure what to do, here are our picks for 10 things to do in West Palm Beach.

1.  Clematis Street & Downtown West Palm Beach

 

Clematis Street at night

Clematis Street is the historical heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Starting at Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway, walk west to experience the indigenous flavor of the area's colorful boutiques, nightclubs, live music, restaurants and historical landmarks. Thursday nights come alive from 6 to 9 p.m., when the popular event Clematis By Night features live music by the area’s best bands, food and drink specials, and an unmatched social scene.

2. CityPlace

 

CityPlace at dusk

CityPlace is West Palm Beach's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Just a free trolley ride or walk from Clematis Street, you can shop in a place where old-world architecture, beautiful fountains and sidewalk cafes create a striking atmosphere reminiscent of a European town center. 

3. Norton Museum of Art

 

Norton Museum of Art

Founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton and Elizabeth Norton, the Norton Museum of Art is internationally known for its distinguished collection, which includes masterpieces of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures by European and American artists, and Chinese jade and bronze artifacts that are considered among the best in the world. The museum is offering free admission to all through December 2018.

4. Antique Row Art & Design District

 

Antique Row

Discover more than 50 antiques and specialty shops on one street along West Palm Beach’s famed Antique Row. This charming district offers an impressive selection of 17th- to 20th-century antiques, fine and decorative arts, period deco and modern furnishings, and much more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antiques stores, specialty shops and art galleries are complemented by several award-winning restaurants. 

5. Northwood Village

 

Northwood Village

Explore Northwood’s bohemian vibe as you venture through the small town’s underexplored artistic gems. From edgy art galleries to fine dining and eclectic shops, this destination is perfect for the urban adventurer. Northwood Village also hosts monthly community events such as Art Walk, Food Truck Roll-In and Art Night Out.

6. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

 

South Florida Science Center

 
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a hands-on, minds-on experience for the whole family, featuring more than 50 educational exhibits, South Florida’s largest fresh- and saltwater aquarium, a digital planetarium, and a brand-new 18-hole mini golf course. General admission is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids (ages 3-12); children under 3 are free.

7. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

 

Palm Beach Zoo

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is home to more than 500 animals on 23 shaded tropical acres, including endangered Malaysian tigers, Mexican spider monkeys and jaguars. The lush grounds include an interactive play fountain, a Conservation Station that includes a Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train for children to ride, and interactive wildlife presentations. Be sure to check out the brand-new John and Carole Moran Panther Prowl habitat and meet Sassy, the zoo’s new Florida panther. Admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids (ages 3-12) and free for toddlers.

8. Palm Beach Outlets

 

Palm Beach Outlets

The Palm Beach Outlets feature more than 100 stores, including brand favorites Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J.Crew | crewcuts Factory, Kenneth Cole, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and Vera Bradley.

9. Mounts Botanical Gardens

 

Mounts Botanical Garden

 
Mounts Botanical Garden is a beautiful oasis unexpectedly located near the Palm Beach International Airport. It features 14 acres of gardens with tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including flowering trees and shrubs, fruit trees, bromeliads, palms, herbs, a vegetable garden, butterfly garden, rose garden and reflection pond. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

10. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches

 

Ballpark of The Palm Beaches

The FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches is the newest Spring Training destination home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The complex is just minutes from the beach and is surrounded by golf courses, entertainment complexes and plenty of family-friendly activities.

With so much to do here (these 10 are just the beginning), it’s easy to see why West Palm Beach is a must-explore destination on your visit to The Palm Beaches. While you're here, don’t forget to share your memories by tagging us @PalmBeachesFL and using  #ThePalmBeaches.

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