10 Things to Do in Palm Beach That You Shouldn't Miss

January 22, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Palm Beach has long lured America's big name social elite, from the Kennedys to the Pulitzers to the Trumps. If you don't have the Jaguar, catch a Palm Tram around the city. Opulent extravagance is the order of the day. But if you can take your eyes off the glittering procession of socialites and the prices at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Spa and in Worth Avenue stores, there are plenty of other sights to be seen. Don't miss Henry Morrison Flagler Museum or the hopping nightlife on Clematis Street.
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1. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480-4065 +1 561-655-2833
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Henry Flagler's 73-room mansion which contains many of the original furnishings as well as an art collection.

Reviewed By JHLuvtotravel - Staten Island, New York

My friends and I visited the gorgeous Flagler Museum and we weren't disappointed. Henry Flagler was a extremely interesting man who used his great riches to make Florida the place to visit in the early 1900's. Not only did he create train travel to Florida but he also built wonderful hotels, hospitals and churches. Certainly a man with a vision for what Florida would become.

2. The Society of the Four Arts

2 Four Arts Plz, Palm Beach, FL 33480-4102 +1 561-655-7226
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5 based on 164 reviews

The Society of the Four Arts

The Society of the Four Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1936 to meet the cultural needs of the growing resort community. The Four Arts campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children's library, all which are open to the public year-round. During the winter season, The Four Arts also presents notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions to the public.

Reviewed By Saluga - Wading River, New York

The gardens are small, but the plantings and fountains are very pretty. The Japanese garden is located in a separate area and has a beautiful door leading to it. We weren't able to see the sculpture garden because a private event was being held there. Admission was free.

3. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6323 +1 561-832-7469
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4.5 based on 353 reviews

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

This season, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts celebrates a Quarter-Century on Stage. And while we celebrate our silver anniversary, we renew our commitment to the community to present the gold standard of excellence in the performing arts. Today, the Kravis Center is a thriving cultural complex, serving as the gateway to downtown West Palm Beach. Thanks to so many who have and continue to support the Center, it has become one of the premier performing arts centers with a renowned national and international reputation. The Kravis Center for is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.

Reviewed By snippsnapsold - Houston, Texas

When you are visiting any town in the east coast of Florida, include a performance at this awesome facility. They feature top theatrical productions. Go early and dine, shop and walk through City Place across the street. Valet parking is available as is a trolley service.

4. Lake Trail

Palm Beach, FL
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4.5 based on 209 reviews

Lake Trail

Scenic hiking and biking trail.

Reviewed By Saluga - Wading River, New York

The Lake Trail is paved and about five miles one way. The Lake is on one side and multi million dollar mansions are on the other. There were so many interesting things to see along the way. Different types of doors leading to private piers where yachts are docked, palm trees with coconuts, and beautiful flowering shrubs and plants. There are benches along the way where you can stop and take in the view. Sunscreen and water are a must since most of the trail is in the sun, and there are no restrooms. We parked for free near the Society of The Four Arts and just walked a few blocks to pick up the southern portion of the trail.

5. Worth Avenue

Worth Ave, Palm Beach, FL +1 561-835-9139
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4.5 based on 952 reviews

Worth Avenue

The Palm Beach equivalent of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive.

Reviewed By ChanEvan - Memphis, Tennessee

THE Most Prestigious Retail Address . . . This side of LA’s Rodeo Drive!

More Strollers than Buyers, Worth Avenue is prime people-watching territory. Never know WHO you will see parking that Ferrari or Bentley & dashing into Chanel or Jimmy Choo

It’s “Worth” the Time Investment, IMO. Eye Candy Galore. & Almost every vehicle parked on the street is “Worth” a double-take too, if you’re a Car/Motorcycle Buff like Me!

There are sidewalk benches & also seats in the Esplanade to take a break, & clean well-maintained Restrooms, of course. Enjoy!!!

You can see the iconic Clock Tower from a good distance, where Worth Avenue meets the Waterfront. Another walk opp in either direction to catch the breezes / hear the waves / watch people having Fun in the Florida Sun ☀️

6. Bethesda by the Sea

141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480-6135 +1 561-655-4554
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Bethesda by the Sea

Reviewed By barcaranger - Andorra la Vella, Andorra

If you are european its very new and nothing special but for Florida residents its an extremely old part of their history. The congregation must be one of the richest in the world and the upkeep reflects that. look out for all the vultures on the roof early evening. They also have a very nice Xmas display in the grounds.

7. Mid-Town Municipal Beach

300 Block of South Ocean Boulevard, Just north of Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
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4 based on 146 reviews

Mid-Town Municipal Beach

Reviewed By SavyTraveling - Chicago

The Mid-town beach in Palm Springs is well maintained and quite accessible. There's street parking right along opposite it and just be sure to enter your license-plate particulars when you feed the machine [payment boxes spaced along the sidewalk]. There aren't any public services, restaurants, bars, etc., on the beach, so, bring your own.

8. Manatee Lagoon

6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 +1 561-626-2833
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4.5 based on 308 reviews

Manatee Lagoon

Reviewed By bdfenwick - Brooklyn, New York

We stopped by while on vacation. I love manatees, and we saw several and some cool fish too. It's quick and free to do. Easy parking. Super clean facility. Be sure to go inside and read all the info.

We are two adults, and we had a good time. I'm sure kids would really love it too.

9. Phipps Ocean Park

2201 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480-5313 +1 (561) 838-5400
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Phipps Ocean Park

Reviewed By ChanEvan - Memphis, Tennessee

BEWARE:: Free Parking is only from 8-10am

The beautiful large stretch of beach @ Phipps Ocean Park is not usually crowded, as a result of the previous brouhaha between the Town & the non-club-member Tennis Players who park there.

The result was Free Parking in the Tennis Center Lot from 8-10am. Who gets to the beach that early? This amounted to giving the Tennis Players free parking but charging Park- & Beach-users $5/hour. & Daily Court Fees are a mere $4.50-$13.

"Charge One, Charge All" I say.

PARKING FEES:: $5/Hour with a 2-hour minimum is Ridiculous for a beach with -0- Amenities except for restrooms & 2 picnic tables & grills. Parking is metered, and time limits strictly enforced ~ Trust me on this. I have not been ticketed, but almost every visit I have seen the ticket-writer @ work as I was either coming or going. Do not let your time expire ~ here or anywhere else.

Oh, & in 2016 the City spent $172,000 on improvements to the 6 Tennis Courts.

10. CityPlace

700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6313 +1 561-366-1000
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

CityPlace

Architecturally unique for southern Florida, this popular shopping center resembles a European town and includes more than 50 well-known retail stores, plus restaurants and fast-food eateries.

Reviewed By MG L - Sterling, Virginia

The City Center is a place to relax, eat in or out, shop, see movies or a play or comedians or go bowling. The main plaza offers several nice fountains to enjoy. There are tall palm trees and many park benches available to take in...MoreThank you so much for the kind words!

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