Worth The Drive

June 1, 2021

Raise your hand if you want to take a road trip?

Time for a summer road trip? Whether you’re a Florida resident looking to discover a new side of The Palm Beaches or visiting from elsewhere in the near future, we’ve compiled a helpful list of tips and signature attractions you may want to add to your to-do list while you’re in town. Make sure to familiarize yourself with each businesses’ hours ahead of visiting to ensure you have the best experience when in destination.  Want to stay beyond the day? Check out the latest deals and packages here.  

Jupiter

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – View furry, feathered and scaly creatures during a visit to this local family favorite. Since 1983, the Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Florida’s wildlife and natural resources. Visitors may see Florida Panthers, bobcats, Black bears, among other native wildlife. Perk: in addition to viewing current patients and residents, guests also walk along various Florida habitats such as pine flat-woods, oak hammocks and cypress wetlands. The sanctuary offers a wide variety of educational programming as well!

Florida Panther

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum – A guiding light in the town of Jupiter since 1860, visitors can explore the historic grounds, take in the view from atop of the landmark Lighthouse, and listen to audio tours from their own cell phones via the Lighthouse smartphone app in English, French or Spanish. As the tallest point in Palm Beach County, you can’t beat the view from the top! The Lighthouse is  also part of an Outstanding Natural Area, allowing for further exploration before or after your visit. If traveling with little ones a ‘Charlie Pierce’ children’s tour option is also available on the app.  Tip: Wear comfy shoes; it’s a 105-step climb to the top. The perk: it’s the tallest point in Palm Beach County! 

Jupiter Lighthouse

Juno Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center – If you’re a fan of sea turtles and saving the planet, then you’ll enjoy this stop. On a mission to promote the conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on sea turtles, this center educates the public through engaging programming and rehabilitates sea turtles with the purpose of being released back to the wild. The perk here (besides the many sea turtles and friendly staff) is that this center is located just steps away from some of the most densely nested loggerhead sea turtle beaches in the world! Tip: Pack your swimwear and beach gear to enjoy the beach pre- or post-visit. 

Boy looking at sea turtle

Palm Beach Gardens

The Gardens Mall – Located in Palm Beach Gardens, this upscale regional shopping center has been a world-class destination since its opening in 1988. It features more than 150 fine specialty stores and restaurants, anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Sears. Tip: check out the Exhibit section and Style Parties section of their website to further explore to many ways to enhance your experience beyond the stellar shopping selection

Riviera Beach

Rapids Water Park – This is South Florida’s largest water park! With 42 water attractions, including a variety of slides, a FlowRider and lazy river, Rapids can help you and those in your household stay cool this summer.

Slide at Rapids Water Park

West Palm Beach

Mounts Botanical Garden – Enjoy the fresh air and greenery as you explore the 14-acre living plant museum’s more than 20 colorful garden areas, and more than 5,000 species of plants. Paved walkways allow access for all. Tip: Make sure to browse the online calendar for guided programs, classes and events that may overlap with your visit. Perk: you may get inspired to improve your greenspace at home.

Palm Beach Kennel Club - Though Greyhound racing no longer takes place here, simulcast races and tournaments are available. An on-site Poker Room is also popular, as are both the Paddock Restaurant and The Terrace Restaurant, which are open for lunch daily and for dinner on Friday and Saturday. The Club holds several public events, including holiday celebrations, throughout the year.

Palm Beach Outlets –  Shopping is always in season here with more than 100 outlet stores including Saks Off 5th, Under Armour, Talbots, Le Creuset, Levi’s, Nike and more. A complete directory of stores and restaurants is available here.

Palm Beach Zoo – Though you may have a zoo in your area, it’s very likely that this zoo has something you’ve never seen before. After all it is home to hundreds of animals and 190 different species, many of which are endangered. In addition to the various species, guests can also enjoy the Fountain Plaza splash pad, carousel, on-site restaurant and gift shop. Tip: Consider purchasing the Dual Discovery Pass, which grants you admission to the Zoo as well as the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, and is available on-site at either location.

Palm Beach Zoo Outside entrance

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium –Enjoy a day of science with fun and engaging exhibits. The Center offers a 10,000-gallon aquarium, filled with Florida’s native fish, among a few others, allowing guests to learn about the different habitats and Florida’s diverse ecosystem. Among its fascinating educational exhibits, the Center is also home to Palm Beach County’s first and only planetarium, a quarter-mile-long outdoor Science Trail, and an 18-hole miniature golf course dubbed the Conservation Course. Tip: Check out the exhibit and event calendar to see what is currently offered and on the horizon.  

South Florida Science Center inside aquariums

West Palm Beach Food Tour - One of the best ways to get to know a destination, is through its food. Set off on a culinary adventure with any of the West Palm Beach Food Tour’s offerings. Tour options include “Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour”, the “Historic West Palm Beach Neighborhood Food Tour” and/or the “Happy Hour Tour.” Tours range from two to three hours.

Palm Beach 

The Flagler Museum - Standing tall more than 100 years after it was built, Henry Morrison Flagler’s historic 75-room mansion invites visitors to take in the splendor of the historic Gilded-age home of the man who is commonly acknowledged with starting Florida’s tourism industry. Throughout the year, the Museum also hosts world-class exhibits, which highlight the art and culture of Gilded Age America.  Tip: Make sure your phone is fully charged, you’ll want to snap photos.

Outside Flagler Museum

Loxahatchee 

Lion Country Safari – Experience Florida’s largest drive-through Safari park in the comfort of your own vehicle, and make sure to walk through the adventure park section afterward, for added enjoyment. On the safari, visitors can view large herds of animals from six continents as they roam free, while humans remain enclosed in their cars. While the adventure park portion offers guests with rides such as a train and carousel, splash ground, water slides and more. Up-close animal encounters, pontoon boat excursion, minigolf and maze are also part of the fun. Tip: Consider staying at the award-winning KOA campground, located on site.​ 

Male Lion

Wellington 

The Mall at Wellington Green – Find more than 140 specialty shops including Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, City Furniture and Ashley Furniture here, along with a wide variety of restaurants. A children’s play area, valet parking and free Wi-Fi, are part of the experience here. To view the mall directory for individual store details, click here

Lake Worth

Fun Depot – Go Karts, laser tag and arcade games make for year-round wholesome family outing. An on-site restaurant awaits for pre- or post-fun eats.   

Go Karts

Delray Beach
Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Started by a small community of Japanese farmers more than a century ago, this museum invites guests to explore the connection between South Florida and Japanese culture through its 16-acre garden, while its museum houses more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts. Monthly tea ceremonies are available October through May, as are traditional Japanese festivals, and rotating exhibits. 

People walking across bridge in Gardens

Sandoway Discovery Center – Visitors traveling to the Delray Beach area can learn about Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational outdoor animal encounters. Open since 1998, the Center is most recognized for its shark, stingray and alligator feedings in addition to Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection. An observation deck and butterfly garden can also be found on site.

Sandoway Discover Center

Boca Raton

Mizner Park – This landmark of luxury offers guests open walkways, outdoor seating as well as several dining and shopping options. To view the full store and restaurant directory, browse here.

Mizner Park

 

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