Dodging Raindrops in Paradise

What to do with kids when it's raining liquid sunshine in The Palm Beaches

A vacation to the tropics isn’t complete without a few drops of rain. Its location, proximity to the vast blue ocean, and plenty of warm sunshine make some rain in The Palm Beaches a near certainty. The good news is rainstorms are almost always brief, never very cold, and always quickly followed by more sun. Having some indoor activities planned when rain arrives will keep your visit on track, so here’s a list of great indoor (or almost-indoor) activities that will keep the family happy.

Juno Beach Pier
Juno Pier in Juno Beach (Photo: dr_dooms on IG)

Escape the rain with an escape-room visit
Put down the umbrella and get set to solve puzzles to gain your freedom. The growing popularity of escape rooms is well-deserved, with players of all ages working together to find a way out of a “locked” room by a deadline. There are several to pick from in The Palm Beaches, each with interesting twists and themes:
The Escape of South Florida, 10800 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens
Legends of Xscape, 324 Datura Street, West Palm Beach
Time Travel Escapes – Escape Rooms Jupiter, 401 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter
West Palm Beach Escape Rooms, 209 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

Hoffman’s Chocolates, 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres
Nothing can clear up a rainy day like a trip to a chocolate factory. Hoffman’s Chocolates has been in The Palm Beaches for decades, delivering tasty confections to generations. You can get a guided window tour of the various goodies being prepared, watch a video presentation about chocolate history and get some free chocolate samples. You can even get hands-on by taking a chocolatier class, where you make your own beautiful chocolate crafts!
iPic Theatre, 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
Raising the art of movie-going to a new level, iPic Theatre in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park offers large, leather-covered recliners to watch all the latest releases. The concession stand features a chef-driven menu of fine but fun foods perfect for in-movie dining. A wide selection of adult beverages and food are available, making this visit a movie date you’ll remember.

Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, West Palm Beach
No need to get wet when you visit Lion Country Safari. This drive-through park has more than a thousand animals, many becoming more active when it rains. You’ll see large herds of animals from six continents roaming free while you look on from your car. Plan on seeing lions, giraffes, zebra, rhinos, and chimpanzees, as well as hundreds of other species from around the world. Once the rain lets up, there are rides like a carousel, mini-train and flying elephants, close-up animal displays, a petting zoo, and VIP encounters such as painting by a giraffe and meeting a rhino in this award-winning park.
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach
While you might have to wear a poncho and watch for puddles, a trip to the beautiful Palm Beach Zoo is rewarding when you brave the rain. Designed with several sheltered displays, the zoo provides encounters with a wide range of exotic animals. The zoo even offers a “Rainy Day To-Do List" on its website, plus rain means the animals will be more active and visible, making for a special experience … if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4810 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach
Packed with interesting hands-on displays of all types, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium offers hours of learning and discovery away from the raindrops. Traveling national exhibitions often fill the main hall, while the Dekelboum Planetarium offers an intimate journey to the stars. Kids receive “edu-tainment” at the Aquariums of the Atlantic. Continuing the theme of combining entertainment with education, a challenging mini-golf course, the popular “Conservation Course,” is available after the rain clouds part.
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth
Throughout the year, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County hosts family-friendly activities at their gallery building in Lake Worth, such as toddler yoga classes, hands-on workshops for your little artist and even a gallery tour for early learners for children 18 months to 6 years of age (with an accompanying adult). Be sure to visit their website to learn about the latest experiences available to keep your crew entertained, rain or shine.


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Museums, museums, and more museums
There’s a wealth of museums available in The Palm Beaches, suitable for visitors young and old. Here’s a quick tour of what you can see on a rainy day, and here’s an in-depth guide to many others.

Boca Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Boulevard, Boca Raton
One of the area’s first museums dedicated to kids, the Boca Children’s Museum is dedicated to broadening children’s awareness of the world around them. Exhibits include Charlie’s Storytelling Tent, a child-sized grocery store, and the Wanna Be Center, where kids get to dress up like community helpers like firefighters, police, and bankers. Boca Children’s Museum is perfect for keeping young ones entertained.

The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
A little museum filled with big-league art! The Cornell Art Museum presents a small-town feeling inside a restored 1913 school building, but the art feels like a big city. Space is filled with innovative and provocative art. Cutting-edge works created by regional, national, and internationally acclaimed artists fill the space, making an interesting and inspiring break from the rain.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armor’s Way, Jupiter
Even on a cloudy day, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is inspiring and iconic. While climbing the lighthouse steps might be something to reserve for a sunny day, there are some rainy-day things to see while you’re there. Housed in a World War II-era building nearby is the history museum. With exhibits looking back over 5,000 years of life on the nearby Loxahatchee River, you will learn this area was a center of human activity long before the first explorers set foot in North America. Come back and tour the lighthouse when the sun comes out!

Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach
Internationally known for its distinguished collection of art and photography from around the world, the Norton presents exhibits and programs for nearly every cultural taste. A new addition recently opened with a 210-seat auditorium and 12,000 extra square feet for exhibitions.

The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Visitors are often surprised by how rich the history of The Palm Beaches really is. This converted 1916 courthouse holds rooms of displays and memorabilia, telling the story of the area’s earliest days, from the first pioneers through the development of the exciting communities that dot the destination.

The Silverball Museum, 19 NE 3rd Avenue, Delray Beach
Featuring more than 150 video games and pinball machines dating as far back as the 1930s, this museum brings a bit of nostalgia to visitors, evoking childhood memories for adults while creating memories for newer generations. The 9,000-square-foot museum offers classic video games such as Ms. Pac-Man, two floors of pinball machines, arcade games, and even the original skeeball alleys from New York’s Coney Island – Eldorado Arcade. The best part about it is that all the games are set to free play, which means unlimited plays are included in your admission.

Yesteryear Village, South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
Fun can also be found at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. A collection of authentic homes and buildings dating to the early 20th century, Yesteryear Village brings Florida’s past to life with costumed hosts and exhibitions of pioneer life. Learn how The Palm Beaches’ first residents lived without central air conditioning or even internet! Keep an umbrella handy as you walk between buildings, but much of the fun is under shelter.

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