Exquisite shops, excellent dining, Broadway-quality shows, a famous art museum and more — this is what expects the lucky visitor to West Palm Beach. Settled along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean Coast, West Palm Beach allows visitors year-round activity within gently reach of smooth white sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways. If you want to see any of the nation’s top musical entertainment, time your visit for SunFest – Florida’s biggest waterfront music carnival. And downtown West Palm Beach is home to four retail and entertainment regions: CityPlace, Clematis Street, Northwood Village, and Antique Row. These energetic pieces of West Palm Beach are crowded with fashionable bars, nightclubs, boutiques, and collectibles. Don’t neglect to make a tour of the new Palm Beach Outlets, where you’ll find high-end retail at level cost. Also on record in West Palm Beach are the Norton Museum of Art, which gives sculpture and other masterworks, the Palm Beach Zoo, and show-stopping occasion at the downtown Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
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West Palm Beach Trolley
The West Palm Beach Trolley is an excellent resource for visitors, as well as locals, that want to search downtown West Palm Beach without tons of walking between Clematis Street and City Place. There are two tracks: the Yellow Line and the Green Line, and both are free of charge as well as handicap available. Take the Yellow Line for travel between City Place and Clematis Street at the stop marker in front of Macy’s on Rosemary Avenue- seven days a week starting at 11 AM and going until at least 9 PM. The Yellow Line stops on Clematis can be seen in the center of each block from Rosemary Avenue to Flagler Drive, with trollies running until 11 PM Thursday until Saturday. The trolly is excellent because it makes it easy to discover a movie in City Place and then head to Clematis for drinks afterward. Grab the Green Line if you are coming to West Palm Beach using the Tri-Rail, and you’d want to check out the downtown area.
Atlantic Avenue is the pulsation of Delray Beach and is a fabulous place to spend the weekend. With free parking lots on the side roads, tons of window shopping possibilities as well as impressive galleries to spy in on- all while leading to the Atlantic Ocean- Atlantic Avenue can be experienced when you are on a budget. If you have the kids with you, then you must check out the fantastic park complex right by the Intracoastal Waterway. Kids love to see the boats going below the drawbridge in this section too so stop a picnic and make an afternoon outside of it. No issue what your budget is, you’re sure to find excellent dining options in your price range. I suggest taking the Downtown Roundabout for a free drive around downtown if you aren’t up for lots of walking around. Come on down to Atlantic Avenue, get a bench, and enjoy people watching all of the others that had the same high opinion as you.
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County’s Museum is a historical treasure that can be placed in the 1916 Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. Explore the People Gallery and study about the individuals that made Palm Beach County what it is today. It’s here you’ll learn about the Pre-Columbian citizens, the Seminole Indians, early settlers and then several men and women leaders that have supported the county since then. The Place Gallery, the second permanent evidence, is where you can read about the natural environment and what makes the area so individual. I particularly appreciate the story of the “Barefoot Mailman” who took the mail from Palm Beach County to Miami from 1885- 1892. Look at his story, as well as the stories of so many others in this excellently restored building free of cost.
Palm Beach is recognized for its opulence and grace, and so it’s fabulous to discover adventures on the island that can be relished by everyone, despite the budget. It’s no mystery that the beaches here are beautiful and a great way to spend the day but even if you are arriving at the area for the beach, why not take a little time before to enjoy everything other the island has to offer. Park at the Society of the Four Arts and walk through the serene gardens and then pass inside to see the exhibits. Afterward, take your bike or head off on foot to the 6-mile Lake Trail that runs onward the Intracoastal Waterways and starts right near the gardens. Both choices are a great way to see Palm Beach at a much more comfortable pace than driving throughout, and the Lake Trail is pet-friendly, unlike the shore. Before going to the beach, window shop and people view on the famed Worth Avenue. Once you are relaxing in your beach chair with the water touching your feet, you’ll seem like you have seen all the island has to offer.