Home to some of the most stylish Floridians and certainly an affluent area, West Palm Beach is a truly magical place. See some of the finest Floridian houses, stunning architecture and spotlessly clean palm-tree clad streets as well as a wealth of culture. There’s the Norton Museum, of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, these are just a couple of the highlights in the area. The views from the Intracoastal road are sensational and with almost 365 days of constant sunshine, it’s the best place to be.
There’s plenty of excellent shopping to enjoy too, with the very best in designer names, a busy nightlife and lots of great places to eat. West Palm Beach isn’t the type of place to stop off for a few hours, it’s better to take some real time out to savor all it has to offer.
Take children to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to over 170 animals such as panthers, lions, tigers and lemurs, it’s the perfect place for those who love animals. Get really close-up to the animals, there’s even opportunity to interact with some species, such as holding baby alligators and stroking the pythons!
Historic Clematis Street downtown is where visitors will find a plethora of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Make sure to go on Thursday nights because there’s free live music between 6 and 9.00pm.
For entertainment, see what’s on offer at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts which has four venues including an outdoor theater. Choose from gospel, classical, jazz and dance performances as well as outdoor concerts and musicals.
The Norton Museum of Art was founded by businessman Ralph H Norton and started by housing his own private art collection. Nowadays, it has over 7,000 pieces of art from around the world with three particularly notable exhibitions, European, American and Chinese art. There’s also photography and contemporary art. See pieces by Monet, Picasso and Gaugin to name a few of the famous artists on show.
For outdoor activities head to Okeeheelee Park which has several trails suitable for walking, running or biking. There’s also more than 90 acres of woods and wetlands to explore. Try out fishing, golf, volleyball or a game of tennis.
A buzzing nightlife can be experienced at City Place which is where to go for evening entertainment. As well as lots of shopping at night time, there are plenty of restaurants and the best cheesecake in town can be enjoyed at The Cheesecake Factory.
Finally, golfers simply adore West Palm Beach as there are more than 160 courses to try and 40 public greens. This is the place to really get involved with this sport and some of the courses overlook the Atlantic Ocean, a magnificent backdrop. Many golfers make West Palm Beach their destination of choice when it comes to this enjoyable game – try it out, it’s addictive.