8 Things Every Washington Nationals Fan should see in The Palm Beaches

January 18, 2018

Discover all the things The Palm Beaches as to offer between games

An afternoon at a Nationals spring training game in The Palm Beaches is an afternoon in tropical heaven. Not only are you watching the Nationals tune up for the season, you’re doing it in sunny 72-degree weather. There’s a whole lot more to do and see after the game, just minutes from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  Here are eight things that should be on every Nationals fan’s to-do list.

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


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A weekend at Ocean City is a great break from the summer heat; but 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 The Palm Beaches, you’re just minutes from a world-class beach.

Brunching with the best of them


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No one has perfected the form of brunching 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 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. Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, the new Hilton offers a leisurely poolside brunch following a yoga session on the lawn. At the International Polo Club, don’t forget to wear your crisp whites and bright tropical garb for its renowned Sunday Brunch.

Canoe a meandering sub-tropical river


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If a drive out to Ocean City to explore Maryland’s coastal bays sounds like a peaceful escape to nature, find a serene moment away from the ballpark just a half hour north to 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 unspoiled Loxahatchee River. You can rent a canoe and paddle one of the great, still-natural rivers in South Florida.

Sample the night life in Downtown West Palm Beach


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Just as Washingtonians flock to 14th street to enjoy the fun night life, here, you can head down to Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach. It is a cozy couple of blocks of great restaurants, watering holes and music venues ready to fill the night with fun.  A few blocks west you’ll find CityPlace, an open-air shopping and entertainment complex, offering a wide range of restaurants and bars. All just a 15-minutes’ drive from the ballpark.

Discuss the game over a tropical craft beer

Are you a fan of Devil’s Backbone or DC Brau?  The beauty of craft beer is in the locally-grown ingredients of the brew. The same thing is true in The Palm Beaches, with our nearly 20 craft breweries creating tastes that capture a tropical flare. 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. 

Time to wine down

The humble beauty and celebrated flavors of Virginia’s wine country are a popular escape for Washington’s wine aficionados, but have you even tried wine made from a hibiscus flower? Opened in April 2016, Sons & Daughters Farm & Winery is an organic farm that also produces organic wines, most notably from Hibiscus Sabdariffa. Their organic wines are all grown, fermented and bottled on their 17-acre farm. Bring the crew and savor a glass in their communal tasting room, and discover why they humorously “...help people feel pretty, without getting ugly.”

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


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If you love to stretch and run in Rock Creek Park, we’ve 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.  It is paved asphalt path that 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 well-established homes in this tropical paradise. Historical placards also mark key landmarks throughout the trail.

Out and about
There’s a wealth of fun gatherings and happenings going on during spring training in The Palm Beaches. There’s the WIRK Rib Round Up Country Music Festival, featuring Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three, Danielle Bradbery, and Lanco just a few minutes away from the stadium, and a St. Patrick’s Day event in Delray Beach. You can also see a collection of breathtaking yachts and watercraft of all kinds at the Palm Beach International Boat Show and enjoy the Bacon and Bourbon Festival in Wellington, where bacon and bourbon are the main ingredients.

There’s so much to do in The Palm Beaches! Come to cheer on the Washington Nationals and enjoy all the area has to offer. The Palm Beaches are home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 27 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. The Palm Beaches are also conveniently located next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International airports, each one only an hour away. In addition, with the new Brightline train now offering service, transportation in and around The Palm Beaches will be even faster and more convenient. Plan your trip today with our custom itinerary building app.

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