​What to Do with Two Days for Families in The Palm Beaches

December 19, 2019

As world travelers, my husband Steven and I are usually on our own. But recently we were able to spend two exciting days in The Palm Beaches, Florida, with my nephews, 10-year-old Riddick and 2-year-old Alan, a toddler. While the kids were most excited to swim and play in the gentle waves at the beach, we wanted them to experience the best of The Palm Beaches’ activities for kids—and that we did!

The Palm Beaches stretch along Florida’s Atlantic coast, connecting cities including Juno Beach, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach (see a theme?). Including the long stretches of sandy beaches, there are plenty of activities for families to do.

When’s the best time to visit The Palm Beaches?

The Palm Beaches are ideal for families year-round, with generally warm and sunny weather. It surprised us that the best time to visit The Palm Beaches is during the summer months, when the weather is warmest. (December to April are busy with everyone escaping the colder weather in the North—which means the restaurants and roads are busy at this time, too!)

How do you get to The Palm Beaches?

It’s easy to fly directly into Palm Beach International Airport to avoid a longer drive from the Miami or Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airports, especially if you’re traveling with younger children. We recommend renting a car (you can do this right at the airport), which makes getting between activities and cities that much easier.

Family-friendly hotel in The Palm Beaches

We stayed at the elegant beachfront Jupiter Beach Spa and Resort Hotel. Riddick loved having a view of the beach from the hotel room and couldn’t wait to get back each evening and into one of the two pools. The resort’s relaxing atmosphere and central location made it the perfect homebase for our two-day trip. And with 1,000 feet of shoreline, there’s no need to travel to enjoy the sun and sand; it’s right outside your door.

pool at Jupiter Beach Resort
Jupiter Beach Resort

Day One

 Two days in The Palm Beaches is the perfect amount of time for families to relax and enjoy the local activities, so many of which are kid-friendly. Obviously a main attraction is the beach, and since our hotel was right on the beach, we could just step outside our room without having to pack and transport all our beach gear. (It also allowed us to fit in a little beach time between activities!)

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Riddick had a blast at the free 30-minute Jr. Research Lab program at Loggerhead, where he had the chance to become a junior veterinarian and assist “Dr. Logger” with a replica green sea turtle, learning about common injuries and illnesses that affect these Florida native endangered species.
Both kids also enjoyed a guided tour of the outdoor sea turtle hospital, where they had the chance to learn about the current patients and get an up-close view of the conservation efforts. For Alan, just being able to see the turtles swim up close made his day.

 sea turtle at Juno Beach

Lion Country Safari

It isn’t easy to travel around the world with young children, but The Palm Beaches bring the safari to you at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee. Florida’s only drive-through safari is home to over 1,000 animals, including giraffes, lions and zebras, and offers a range of tours, from animals encounters to animal feeding experiences. Riddick had the chance to feed a giraffe some sweet potato chunks, and he couldn’t get enough of seeing how long a giraffe’s tongue is!
There’s also a water sprayground Riddick and Alan had fun playing in together. Make sure to bring a dry change of clothes and a towel; otherwise, be prepared to deal with wet and uncomfortable children for the next few hours.

Zebras at Lion Country Safari

After a full day of animal exploration in The Palm Beaches, Riddick and Alan still had enough energy at the end of the day to splash around in the hotel pool before heading off for an early bedtime.

Day Two

 Since Riddick and Alan had so much fun with the animals on Day One, they wanted to continue learning about the natives. At least Riddick wanted to learn more—Alan was just happy to see new animals for the first time. Luckily, The Palm Beaches offer many family-friendly ways to experience the local wildlife.

Palm Beach Zoo

We feel it’s important to teach children from a young age the importance of protecting the vast wildlife on Earth, and Palm Beach Zoo is the perfect stop to highlight local conservation efforts. Riddick couldn’t get enough of learning as much as he could about each animal—his favorite fact of the day was that the part on a flamingo’s leg that look like its knee is actually its ankle—and Alan had the chance to feed flamingos, which are much more approachable for toddlers than the giraffe the day before!

Monkey at Palm Beach Zoo

Cox Science Center and Aquarium

The indoor Cox Science Center and Aquarium is great for getting the family out of the sun for a few hours. There are over 50 hands-on educational exhibits, along with an early child education room for Alan and a small aquarium to enjoy more marine life in Florida.

Child at the Cox Science Center
Courtesy of Kaley Grau

Manatee Lagoon

Both children had never seen a marine animal so big and so close until we made it to Manatee Lagoon. (During the winter months, there’s an even higher chance of seeing manatees, as they migrate to the nearby waters for their warmth.) There’s also an educational center complete with manatee skeletons, which Riddick thoroughly enjoyed.
After two full days of exploring The Palm Beaches, both children were tired but wanted to keep on exploring because it was so much fun. We can’t recommend enough how much there is to do for families in The Palm Beaches—more than we could cover in two days! When planning your visit, get ready for activity-filled days, but be sure to plan some down time, especially when traveling with toddlers so they can experience it all as well!

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Jazmin Harb
Jazmin travels the world with her husband, Steven, and together the two create travel guides and itineraries which can be found at TraveltoBlank.com. Her favorite part of traveling is the planning, making sure they take advantage of every second, whether it’s a long layover or spur-of-the-moment day trip.