Home to a breathtaking waterfront, bustling entertainment districts and scenic neighborhoods, West Palm Beach is a lot more than just palm trees and beaches. With sunny skies, picture-perfect weather, and exciting outdoor and cultural attractions, this vibrant destination offers visitors a paradise of year-round entertainment. If you haven’t yet visited or are just unsure what to do, here are our picks for 10 things to do in West Palm Beach.
1. Clematis Street & Downtown West Palm Beach
Clematis Street is the historical heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Starting at Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway, walk west to experience the indigenous flavor of the area's colorful boutiques, nightclubs, live music, restaurants and historical landmarks. Thursday nights come alive from 6 to 9 p.m., when the popular event Clematis By Night features live music by the area’s best bands, food and drink specials, and an unmatched social scene.
2. Rosemary Square
Rosemary Square is West Palm Beach's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Just a free trolley ride or walk from Clematis Street, you can shop in a place where old-world architecture, beautiful fountains and sidewalk cafes create a striking atmosphere reminiscent of a European town center.
3. Norton Museum of Art
Founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton and Elizabeth Norton, the Norton Museum of Art is internationally known for its distinguished collection, which includes masterpieces of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures by European and American artists, and Chinese jade and bronze artifacts that are considered among the best in the world.
4. Antique Row Art & Design District
Discover more than 50 antiques and specialty shops on one street along West Palm Beach’s famed Antique Row. This charming district offers an impressive selection of 17th- to 20th-century antiques, fine and decorative arts, period deco and modern furnishings, and much more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antiques stores, specialty shops and art galleries are complemented by several award-winning restaurants.
5. Northwood Village
Explore Northwood’s bohemian vibe as you venture through the small town’s underexplored artistic gems. From edgy art galleries to fine dining and eclectic shops, this destination is perfect for the urban adventurer. Northwood Village also hosts monthly community events such as Art Walk, Food Truck Roll-In and Art Night Out.
6. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a hands-on, minds-on experience for the whole family, featuring more than 50 educational exhibits, South Florida’s largest fresh- and saltwater aquarium, a digital planetarium, and a brand-new 18-hole mini golf course.
7. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is home to more than 550 animals on 23 shaded tropical acres. Be sure to check out the John and Carole Moran Panther Prowl habitat and meet Sassy, the zoo’s Florida panther. The lush grounds include an interactive play fountain, a Conservation Station that includes a Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train for children to ride, and interactive wildlife presentations. Be sure to check out the brand-new John and Carole Moran Panther Prowl habitat and meet Sassy, the zoo’s new Florida panther.
8. Palm Beach Outlets
The Palm Beach Outlets feature more than 100 stores, including brand favorites Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J.Crew | crewcuts Factory, Kenneth Cole, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and Vera Bradley.
9. Mounts Botanical Gardens
Mounts Botanical Garden is a beautiful oasis unexpectedly located near the Palm Beach International Airport. It features 14 acres of gardens with tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including flowering trees and shrubs, fruit trees, bromeliads, palms, herbs, a vegetable garden, butterfly garden, rose garden and reflection pond. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.
10. The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches
The FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches is the newest Spring Training destination home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The complex is just minutes from the beach and is surrounded by golf courses, entertainment complexes and plenty of family-friendly activities.
With so much to do here (these 10 are just the beginning), it’s easy to see why West Palm Beach is a must-explore destination on your visit to The Palm Beaches. While you're here, don’t forget to share your memories by tagging us @PalmBeachesFL and using #ThePalmBeaches.