Browsing art by Yinka Shonibare at the Norton Museum

Multicultural Travel

Discover the diversity of The Palm Beaches, Florida, by following heritage trails and taking a cultural tour of the area.

Explore the diverse communities that make The Palm Beaches a thriving multicultural destination along three heritage trails focusing on the people and history that shaped this region of South Florida. Discover the history of Native Americans at archeological sites over a thousand years old. Native peoples were the first to explore the Everglades and set up beachfront villages, leaving their mark on The Palm Beaches. Explore the grounds of Seminole War battles, and traverse the land where tribes like the Jobe lived. And for an immersive experience to better understand the wilderness as it used to be, hike area trails or kayak local waterways.
 
Communities of Black settlers were among the earliest pioneers to call the region home and lived everywhere from Jupiter to Boca Raton. Many of these settlers were farmers and builders who laid the foundation for the region’s economy. Learn about the history and growth of these communities, even in the face of harsh adversity. Discover the historical sites and stories that shaped the area, and see their architectural and cultural contributions. Memorials like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Landmark Memorial and the Hurricane of 1928 Mass Burial Site invite us to reflect on places of tragedy and celebrate the achievements of a community that is ever-evolving. 

In Delray Beach, take the Diversity in Delray Cultural & Heritage Tour & Tasting Experience with Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours. This three-hour bus and walking tour takes you through Delray’s historic neighborhoods and art districts, with stops at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Arts Garage, a venue offering jam sessions and open-mic nights to local performers. The tour also includes tastes of Caribbean and soul foods from local restaurants.

Throughout The Palm Beaches, the marks of Spanish explorers are still present. Uncover the lore and maritime stories of pirates and adventurers on the high seas. The famous Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon sailed up the Jupiter Inlet, some say in search of the fabled Fountain of Youth. See the strategic point the Spanish claimed, and where today, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse shines bright. Immerse yourself in Spanish history at the lighthouse’s museum, complete with displays of cannons, chests and other artifacts.

Wherever you go and whatever you see in the region’s many cities and towns, you’ll experience a blend of cultures that continues to shape and define The Palm Beaches.

African-American Heritage Sites

Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail

The Impact of Native Americans