6 Things Every Washington Nationals Fan Should See in The Palm Beaches

December 30, 2021

There are plenty of ways to enjoy The Palm Beaches in between Nationals’ games.

An afternoon at a Nationals Spring Training game in The Palm Beaches is an afternoon in tropical paradise. Not only are you watching the Nationals tune up for the season, you’re doing it in sunny, 70-degree weather. After the game, there’s a whole lot more to see and do just minutes from West Palm Beach's The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Here are can't-miss experiences that should be on every Nationals fan’s to-do list.

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Find your spot on the area’s 47 miles of golden beaches

While you’re in South Florida for Spring Training, you may as well take advantage of the golden-sand beaches that many regard as the finest on the East Coast. The water here is remarkably clear and blue, with the warm Gulf Stream making its closest pass to land in The Palm Beaches. Take your pick from wide, quiet beaches or busy inlets where beach lovers of all ages hang out. No matter where you are in The Palm Beaches, you’re just minutes from a world-class beach.

Aerial view of a beach and buildings
Singer Island

Brunching with the best of them

No one has perfected the power brunch quite like D.C.ers, but The Palm Beaches host a variety of experiences that rival some of the best in the country. In fact, legend has it that the Bloody Mary was first concocted at Ta-boo on Worth Avenue — and the iconic restaurant is still open today. Depending on what you’re looking for, America’s First Resort Destination™ has an indulge-worthy brunch menu ready for you to savor. For an opulent brunch, look no further than The Circle at The Breakers. If pulsing beats from a DJ help you get into your brunching groove, reserve a table at Salt7 in Delray Beach, which offers ample outdoor seating as well. Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, Manor at the Hilton West Palm Beach offers a leisurely poolside brunch. On Sundays at the International Polo Club, don’t forget to wear your crisp whites and bright tropical garb for fieldside Champagne Brunch.

Interior of Ta-boo restaurant
Ta-boo restaurant

Canoe a meandering sub-tropical river

Find a serene moment away from the ballpark just a half-hour north at beautiful Riverbend Park in Jupiter. This park is a step back in time to Old Florida, with nearly 10 miles of biking and hiking trails through lush cypress and ferns, seven miles of equestrian trails and access to the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe and paddle one of the great natural rivers in South Florida.
Kayakers in Riverbend Park
Riverbend Park

Sample the nightlife in downtown West Palm Beach

Just as locals in Washington, D.C., flock to 14th Street to enjoy the fun nightlife, here you can head down to Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. It's a cozy couple of blocks of great restaurants and festive lounges with plenty of alfresco sidewalk seating, perfect for people watching. A few blocks west, you’ll find Rosemary Square, an open-air shopping and entertainment complex offering a wide range of restaurants. And best of all, both of these destinations are a 15-minute drive from the ballpark.

Nighttime scene of restaurants and cars along Clematis Street
Clematis Street

Discuss the game over a tropical craft beer

The beauty of craft beer is in the locally grown ingredients of the brew. The Palm Beaches are home to more than 20 craft breweries, each creating flavors that capture the area's tropical flair. Tastes of blood orange and crisp grapefruit can be found among the range of local beers, all made and sold locally. Chances are the beer you sample traveled less than 20 miles from brewery to your glass. That’s a taste worth experiencing.

Glass of beer at Due South Brewing Company
Due South Brewing Company

Take a run (or walk) along the Palm Beach Lake Trail

Have we got a trail for you. It isn’t in the woods. It isn’t on the beach. It is through some of the most impressive and exclusive neighborhoods of the town of Palm Beach: the Palm Beach Lake Trail. The paved asphalt path winds along the island’s west side, with an inspiring view of the Intracoastal Waterway and downtown West Palm Beach. You’ll be running along the backyards of some of the oldest and most well-established homes in this tropical paradise. Historical placards also mark key landmarks throughout the trail.

Scene of a boat and palm trees along the Lake Trail
Lake Trail

And there's so much more! Find a wealth of family-friendly and cultural attractions to help round out your time in The Palm Beaches. Getting here is easy too. Fly into Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), the first airport in Florida to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ facility accreditation. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Miami (MIA) international airports are also only an hour away and accessible via the Brightline high-speed rail

Come to cheer on your Washington Nationals and stick around to enjoy all the area has to offer! Sign up for The Palm Beaches eNewsletter to stay up to date on the latest travel tips and trip ideas.

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