10 Things to Do in West Palm Beach

January 12, 2022

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
Centennial Fountain at the Nancy, West Palm Beach - Courtesy of West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

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. The Square

The Square West Palm Beach
The Square, 700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach

The Square 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 West Palm Beach
Norton Museum of Art, 145 0 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

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. Masks are mandatory throughout the Museum campus (except while actively eating or drinking in the Restaurant, the Great Hall, or visiting the Garden).
Temperature taking is voluntary upon entering the Museum.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am - 5pm; Friday 10am - 10pm; Sunday 11 am - 5pm

4. Antique Row Art & Design District

Antique Row Art & Design District West Palm Beach
Antique Row Art & Design District, West Palm Beach

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 West Palm Beach Art
Northwood Village, West Palm Beach

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 much more!

 

6. Cox Science Center and Aquarium 

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium West Palm Beach
Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach

 
The Cox 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. The Cox Science Center and Aquarium has achieved the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation thanks to the implementation of stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention throughout the facilities. Masks are not required for entrance to the Science Center.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday – Sunday 10am - 6pm

 

7. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is home to more than 550 animals on 23 shaded tropical acres. 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 John and Carole Moran Panther Prowl habitat and meet Sassy, the zoo’s Florida panther. Palm Beach Zoo is open 363 days a year from 9am to 5pm.

 

8. Palm Beach Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach

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. Open Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am-7pm.

 

9. Mounts Botanical Gardens

Mounts Botanical Garden West Palm Beach
Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach

 
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. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9am-4pm (Nov-Apr), 9am-3pm (Oct-May). Last entry is an hour before closing.

 

10. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches

Entrance to Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach
The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, 5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach

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. Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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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