Popular for its beautiful beaches and upscale boutiques, Palm Beach has long been a favorite destination in Florida. Both foreign and local tourists are attracted to the bountiful scenery of this town and for many reasons. “Palm Beach has 47 miles of coastline, upscale shopping, and has a certain vibe that you can’t just find anywhere else,” says Miami businessman Lee S. Rosen.
And yet, there’s more to Palm Beach than just plain beachin’. The humongous town has all sorts of attractions that will all kinds of people will enjoy. Here are five of them:
1. Go on an Adventure at Lion County Safari
The Lion County Safari has been around for more than 50 years and is the only destination in Florida where you can partake in a drive-thru safari adventure. The wildlife preserve has more than 900 animals coming from different continents, including South America and India. Both young and old will enjoy the sight of zebras, giraffes, ostriches, impalas, buffaloes, alpacas, and the mighty lion.
In the vicinity, there’s also an amusement park that kids will love, full of rides, snack and gift shops, fish feeding activities, and more animal exhibits. Other activities you can do in this preserve are water sliding, paddleboat riding, and golfing.
2. Discover the Wonders of Science at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
Science enthusiasts and museum lovers will love the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. This amazing structure is where permanent and temporary exhibits are held, one of them being “Our Body: The Universe Within.”
Marine life species are also the main attraction. The “Aquariums of the Atlantic” is worthy to check out, as well as the “Science on a Sphere” exhibit. Biologists at work can be seen at the Florida Conservation Station, but for those who want to take their focus somewhere else, an 18-hole miniature golf course is available for all visitors.
3. Appreciate Art at its Finest at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
The residence of sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, the widow of Ralph Hubbard Norton, is a major attraction in South Florida. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens comprise the former residence of the artists, which features larger-than-life sculptures. In the artist’s studio, visitors can find works in wood, stone, and bronze. It is supported by paid memberships, who all make the Festival of Trees holiday exhibit possible yearly.
4. Observe Huge Marine Mammals at Manatee Lagoon
Entrance to the Manatee Lagoon is completely free, and there, visitors will not only have a fun time — the experience will give everybody golden nuggets of wisdom and awareness, concerning the endangered manatee.
The facility stands a massive 16,000 feet, where an observation balcony is prepared for visitors who want to see the huge marine mammals in action. Inside the structure are a cafe and a gift shop that sells souvenirs of many kinds.
5. Go Crazy at CityPlace
For those who don’t exactly want to travel away from the city and want to enjoy South Florida’s bustling city vibe, the CityPlace is the ultimate place to go.
CityPlace is essentially an urban city center where people can spend the whole day and night and still not see the total expanse of the place. You can do a lot, see a lot, and eat a lot. There you will find the best shopping boutiques, restaurants, bands, and all forms of entertainment that will surely pique anyone’s interest.
“First timers in Palm Beach County should definitely visit CityPlace,” says Lee Rosen. “Jewelry, clothing, or anything that can serve as gifts are a dime a dozen, and you will find a mix of international cuisines as well.” Indeed, CityPlace is also the best place for foodies. Whether you want Japanese, Southwestern, Mexican, or Tuscan food — you will find it all there.
CityPlace is one of the best ways to cap off your entire Palm Beach County trip, where the essence of South Florida will truly be experienced.