Florida is the Sunshine State for a reason. It’s best known for supplying the rest of us with orange juice, enticing our grandparents to join its ever-growing population of retirees and warm, vacation-worthy weather year-round.
Residents of West Palm Beach, Florida classify it as a “big little city.” While it’s technically part of the Miami metropolitan area, it is only home to just over 100,000 people of the five million throughout greater Miami. When you’re seeking the big city feeling, Miami is just down the road.
Florida relies heavily on the tourism industry – so you can bet on tons of fun for anyone who visits. Whether you’re planning a visit for the middle of summer or the dead of winter, there’s plenty to do to keep yourself occupied and entertained.
Many are unaware that West Palm Beach is home to the largest croquet facility in the world. The National Croquet Center spreads across ten beautiful, green acres along with a 19,000 square foot clubhouse with a lounge, two ballrooms as well as a bar. If you’ve never played before but are interested in getting started, take advantage of free Golf Croquet lessons every Saturday at 10:00 AM by reservation.
If you’re looking for a more traditional sports experience be sure to visit the Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes. Five Super Bowls have taken place here as well as two World Series. Stop by for a tour or grab tickets to a game.
Take advantage of the warm Florida weather when you sign up for paddle boarding, kayaking or snorkeling through Paddle Away Sports. If you’re interested in trying something new, stop by one of their Board Burn or Yoga classes which take place on the water using equipment from their shop.
Palm Beach Opera is a professional opera company that calls West Palm Beach home. Their vision is “to set the benchmark for artistic excellence by producing impactful and innovative operatic experiences.” At their annual event, Opera at the Waterfront, 100+ musicians perform live for free. This family-friendly event only requires you to pack a blanket or chair for seating at Meyer Amphitheater.
Thankfully, the Palm Beach Opera is able to perform at a beautiful local venue, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. As a community-focused space for art and education, the Kravis Center thrives in the West Palm Beach area. It’s your go-to spot for theater, live music and dance on the Okeechobee Boulevard.
Patrons of Havana Restaurant say it’s the best Cuban food in town. This family-owned business strives to provide visitors with grade-A customer service and an environment that is friendly and open to all. USA Today’s 10Best asked voters to share their favorite sandwich in Florida and Havana’s Cuban sandwich made the cut! Stop by and give it a try any day of the week.
Daniel Boulud, winner of three Michelin Stars opened Cafe Boulud, a Palm Beach favorite. This upscale dining destination is the perfect romantic location for a date night or a great spot to treat yourself. Enjoy gourmet, French-inspired cuisine at a reasonable price based on the time of year you visit.
For a more casual experience be sure to visit Due South Brewery. This laid-back microbrewery features a variety of beers in a charming renovated warehouse. Enjoy select food trucks on site every Thursday through Sunday.
Florida’s rainforest-like climate allows it to grow and support an ecosystem of tropical wildlife that, depending on where you’re from, you may never have seen before. At the Grassy Water Everglades Preserve patrons will be able to explore a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that is home to great blue herons, white-tailed deer as well as bobcats and alligators.
Another West Palm Beach spot that would make for a great date location, or a spot to take the family is the Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. Access to the gardens is free of charge with a suggested $5 donation.
Get your kids excited about science at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Learn what it takes to become an astronaut, conduct hands-on experiments and embark on the nature trail as a part of their many interactive exhibits meant to inspire people of all ages to reignite their interest in the world around us.
Rapids Water Park has something for kids of all ages and all levels of bravery. For kids with courage, they can go down the park’s biggest rides like the Big Thunder or the Raging Rapids. For something a little easier on the nerves, set out to attractions like Barefootin Bay or Old Yeller. There’s something for all ages at Rapids Water Park.
Rain or shine, warm weather or warmer weather, West Palm Beach Florida is sure to engulf you in all the attractions it has to offer. If you or someone you know are looking to buy West Palm Beach Real Estate, give us a call in the office at 561-637-4559.
Jeremy is a online journalist who focuses on lifestyle and real estate trends locally. He is passionate about everything sports, as well as family, travel and outdoors. He can often be found splurging in episodes of Game of Thrones with his new puppy, Cooper.