What's New in The Palm Beaches This Spring

April 6, 2018

If you’re visiting South Florida this spring, you won’t want to miss the latest in The Palm Beaches. Think new restaurants and attractions, a warehouse-sized food hall serving up dining and shopping experiences, and—our personal favorite—a family-friendly brewpub featuring tapas and games for all ages.

A Brewpub Fit for the Family

No, we aren’t kidding. Royal Palm Brewing Company, the western part of the county’s first brewpub, is family-friendly. The wide-open space in Royal Palm Beach has games and a giant chalkboard perfect for scribbling, as well as kids-friendly snacks like popcorn and Popsicles. But don’t worry—they didn’t forget the grownups. Tapas like meat-and-cheese trays, hummus-and-veggie platters, and panini are also available. Pair some munchies with the Citra Session or Sweet Stout.

 

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New Exhibits at Favorite Attractions

Now open at Palm Beach Zoo is Lorikeet Loft, where visitors can get up close and personal with 40 of the colorful birds. For just a couple of bucks, purchase some nectar to feed the lorikeets and enjoy some one-on-one (or five-on-one) time with them. While you’re there, be sure to visit the zoo’s 500 other animals, including Malayan tigers and Mexican spider monkeys. And bring the kids’ swimsuits so they can splash in the interactive play fountain on those warm spring days.
 

Surfing Florida Museum, the most comprehensive surfing museum on the East Coast, is adding new collections to its gallery this spring: an archive of local photos by the late M.E. Gruber and antique surfboards from master-shapers Bill “Holmesy” Holmes and the late Dick Catri, better known as “the godfather of East Coast surfing.” The museum is a must-do for anyone interested in the history of surfing in Florida.

Emerging Arts

Rosemary Avenue in West Palm Beach will soon be home to the longest continuous road tattoo in the world. “Genii Loci” (in Latin, it’s another word for a place’s protective spirit) will stretch more than a mile through the CityPlace district and feature the names of people who support the character of West Palm Beach. Its installation begins in April.

Outside CityPlace, the new collaboration GARALA (an acronym based on the three artists’ names) lets visitors experience art from conception through creation. Watch new pieces come to life through the summer; classes, lectures and other programs will also be available. And in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove Arts District, look for the new Arts Warehouse to see engaging interactive exhibits created by local artists in residence.

Must-Try Restaurants … and a ‘Grand’ Opening

Lounge into enveloping chairs and comfy couches on the patio of the much-anticipated 1000 North, which offers an expansive view of Jupiter Inlet and the famous Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Modern-American cuisine (everything from steaks to seafood) is complemented by handcrafted cocktails, like the Juan Collins: Herradura Reposado tequila, lemon, strawberry and mint.
 

You only need to visit the central part of the county to feel like your taste buds are traveling the world. West Palm Beach welcomes Basque, a tapas restaurant doubling as the only place in The Palm Beaches to serve Spain’s famous Estrella beer; Loic Bakery and Café Bar, where patrons will feel as though they’ve stepped straight into France thanks to the French jazz and fresh-baked breads; Mazie’s, serving up New-World comfort food—with Chinese takeout on Sundays; and Pipeline Poke Co., a poke paradise with the traditional tuna and salmon bowls, as well as options like chicken and tofu.

And this season’s biggest hit may be the new Grandview Public Market, also in West Palm Beach. A complete culinary experience where visitors can shop, eat and play with more than a dozen different vendors, Grandview is a mid-century warehouse transformed into a community-centric market complete with immersive colorful murals. At the heart of the market are three dining concepts from the same restaurant group as Chef Dale Talde, who competed on two seasons of “Top Chef.”

Brightline’s Future Gets Even Brighter

Riders of South Florida’s express passenger rail, Brightline, can now take the service between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale—and soon into downtown Miami. Check Brightline’s new website and mobile app for train schedules, passes and rider information.

Ready to plan your spring visit to The Palm Beaches? Download our new Visitors Guide (or order a free copy for delivery by mail) for detailed city guides and recommendations for things to see and do while you’re here.

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