Lion Country Safari
Southern Blvd. West
Van rentals available
Daily 9:30-5:30 last vehicle in by 4:30.
Drive (with car windows closed; no convertibles or pets) on 8 miles of
paved roads through a 500-acre cageless zoo where 1,300 wild animals
roam. Lions, elephants, white rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, antelopes,
chimpanzees, and ostriches are among those in residence. Special
exhibits include the Kalahari Bushvelt, designed after a South African
plateau and containing water buffalo and Nilgai (the largest type of
Asian antelope), and the Gir Forest, modeled after a game forest in
India and showcasing a pride of lions. Stop by the petting zoo, or take
a ride on the Safari Queen cruise.
Rapids Water Park
6566 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach
Rapids Water Park is South Florida's foremost family water park with
over 12 acres of attractions. Plunge down 1,600 feet of spiraling
flumes, dare to ride out the storm in Tubin' Tornadoes or blast off in
the new Body Blasters enclosed slides. Get totally tubular in the
quarter-mile action river, wave channel, aquatic rain forest and
25,000-square foot Big Surf Wave Pool. Little ones can also make a
splash in the new Splish Splash Lagoon with 5 slides, a fort, shipwreck
and water shooting canons. The Rapids is open from mid March through mid
October in West Palm Beach.
John D. Macarthur Beach State Park
Almost 2 miles of beach, good fishing and shelling, and one of the
finest examples of subtropical coastal habitat remaining in southeast
Florida can be found here. Guided walk is available to a mangrove
estuary along the upper reaches of Lake Worth.
William T. Kirby Nature Center
Open Wednesday-Monday from 9 to 5and features exhibits on the coastal
10900 Rte. A1A, North Palm Beach
Norton Museum Of Art
1451 S. Olive Ave.
Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5 More Info
Constructed in 1941 by steel magnate Ralph H. Norton, this museum boasts
an extensive permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American and
European paintings with special emphasis on 19th-century French
Impressionists. There are also Chinese bronze and jade sculptures, a
sublime outdoor patio with sculptures on display in a tropical garden,
and a library housing more than 3,000 art books and periodicals. Nine
galleries showcase traveling exhibits as well as art from the permanent
Palm Beach Zoo At Dreher Park
1301 Summit Blvd.
561-533-0887 or 561-547-9453.
Daily 9-5 (until 7 on spring and summer weekends).
This excellent zoo is a 23-acre complex with more than 500 animals
representing more than 100 species, including Florida panthers, red
kangaroos, and Bengal tigers. The newest exhibit, Tropics of America,
has six acres of tropical rain forest plus Mayan ruins, an Amazon river
village, and an aviary. Also of note are a nature trail, an Australian
Outback exhibit, and a children's zoo.
Loggerhead Park Marine Life Center
1200 U.S. 1 (entrance on west side of park), Juno Beach, 561-627-8280.
Donation welcome. Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-3.
Established by Eleanor N. Fletcher, "the turtle lady of Juno Beach," the
center just south of Jupiter focuses on the natural history of sea
turtles. Also on view are displays of coastal natural history, sharks,
whales, and shells.
Lake Worth Municipal Park
Rte. A1A at end of Lake Worth Bridge
Pool. Daily 9-5.
This recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean has a beach, Olympic-size
swimming pool, fishing pier, picnic areas, shuffleboard, restaurants,
Arthur R. Marshall-Loxahatchee National
10119 Lee Rd., off U.S. 441 between Boynton Beach Blvd. (Rte. 804) and
Atlantic Ave. (Rte. 806), west of Boynton Beach
Daily 6 AM-sunset; visitor center weekdays 9-4, weekends 9-4:30
Entrance fees apply.
The refuge, established in 1951, is the last remnant of land in the
northern Everglades in South Florida. It was acquired in an effort to
protect migratory birds, endangered species and the remaining 147,368
acres of northern Everglades habitat. Celebrate Florida's National
Wildlife Refuges. Discover the uniqueness of the Florida Everglades as
you participate in a variety of programs offered free of charge. Be sure
to bring a camera and binoculars to explore the nature trails or canoe
trail. Look closely for anhingas, fulvous whistling ducks, smooth-billed
anis, egrets, herons, alligators and turtles. Arthur R. Marshall
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is full of surprises.
Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd
Park and museum Fee charged except free Sun. 10-noon. Park daily
sunrise-sunset; museum Tues.-Sun. 10-5; café Tues.-Sun. 10-5.
At this 200-acre cultural and recreational facility, there is a
beautiful Japanese imperial-style villa with a display that recalls the
Yamato Colony, an agricultural community of Japanese settlers who came
to Florida in 1905. Gardens include the only known collection of bonsai
Florida plants. There are also programs and exhibits in a lakeside
museum and theater, as well as a nature trail, picnic pavilions, a
library and audiovisual center, and a snack bar. Café serves light Asian
International Museum Of Cartoon Art
201 Plaza Real
Tues.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. noon-6.
Telephone first to verify hours.
Championed by Beetle Bailey cartoonist Mort Walker, this is the only
museum of its kind in the world. It showcases more than 160,000 pieces
of art created over two centuries by more than 1,000 artists from more
than 50 countries: everything from turn-of-the-century Buster Brown
cartoons to the Road Runner to Charles Schulz's Peanuts.
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Mizner Park, Boca Raton
Designed by Fort Lauderdale architect Donald Singer, the museum is on a
sliver of land at the north end of Mizner Park. It is a two-story,
In 1999, two children passed a paper cup around Mizner Park, collecting
$4 in change for a proposed new museum. They proudly presented their
gift to the Museum which at that time was in crowded, temporary
quarters. From that important beginning, it took three years to raise
roughly $13.3 million in cash and pledges, which was over and above the
project's original $10 million goal.
The American Orchid Society
Once housed in a Palm Beach mansion, the Orchid Society recently opened
at its new headquarters on the grounds of the Morikami Museum
Featured are hundreds of breeds of orchids, the most common of which is
the traditional prom corsage orchid, and the decorative dendrobium, a
long stalk ranging from 4-18 inches with multiple flowers.
Christopher's Christmas Shoppe
North Palm Beach
Visit the elaborate indoor/outdoor holiday displays, caroling by local
choirs, surprise visits by Santa Claus for youngsters. A
13,000-square-foot building features quaint year-round Christmas Shoppe
with large selections of trees, lights, ornaments of European glass,
speciality ornaments and collectables such as Polonaise, Christopher
Radko, Dean Griff, Winters Eve, Enesco, Pooh & Disney. Other
collectables include a department of 56 villages and accessories,
Seraphim, angels and snowbabies. Order or purchase custom designed
wreaths and decorations. Go back in time with genuine Antique Christmas
Ornaments and decorations.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N. Ocean Blvd.
Donation welcome; turtle tours extra (tickets must be obtained in
advance). Mon.-Sat. 9-4, Sun. noon-4; turtle tours late May-mid-July,
Mon.-Thurs. 9 PM-midnight.
Children enjoy are the four huge saltwater sea tanks containing an
abundance of sealife -- from coral to stingrays. A long boardwalk winds
through dense forest to a 50-ft tower you can climb to overlook the tree
canopy. In the spring and early summer, staff members lead nighttime
turtle walks to see nesting females come ashore and lay their eggs.
Herbert Hoover Dike
115 East Main Street, Pahokee
Named after the late president, it was built after the devastating
hurricane of 1928 when various man-made dikes failed to control the high
waters of Lake Okeechobee. The Dike is surrounded by the beautiful Lake
Okeechobee, the second largest lake in the United States, with 730 sq.
miles of shoreline. Picnic area and campground available.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
400 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 832-4164
Located in downtown West Palm Beach, the Historical Society is primarily
an archive and research facility. It is dedicated toward collecting and
preserving all materials, especially primary source materials,
pertaining to the history of Florida and in particular Palm Beach
County. The Society's collection is diverse, including letters, diaries
and journals, periodicals, photographs, scrapbooks, postcards, maps and
one of Florida's largest collection of architectural drawings. There is
a winter lecture series. Stop in, visit and see Florida in the past.
Hours 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday- Friday. Membership available.
Hoffman's Chocolate Shoppe & Gardens
5190 Lake Worth Road
For generations, the Hoffman family has been creating the most luscious
chocolate masterpieces using only the finest ingredients. Each year more
than 150,000 visitors are received at the Hoffman's Bavarian-style Tudor
factory to watch the creations being made and to tantalize their senses
with more than 80 varieties of confections. Located just in the back of
our chocolate factory are the lush tropical gardens through which
visitors stroll alongside colorful foliage, stopping to view the
waterfall, fish pond, and a G-scale train village with 500 feet of
track, while enjoying a chocolate treat. From Thanksgiving through the
New Year, Hoffman's transforms the gardens into a Winter Wonderland with
over 200,000 lights and brilliant displays. Visitors from near and far
arrive at Hoffman's to view and enjoy this free event.
Knollwood Groves / Hallpatee Seminole Village
8053 Lawrence Road
Boynton Beach 561-734-4800 or (800) 222-9696
Open all year.
Discover a taste of "Old Florida" at Palm Beach County's oldest working
orange grove. Enjoy a tram ride through the grove & tropical flowering
jungle and visit a Native Indian village and alligator pit. Live
alligator handling show every Saturday. gift shop & fresh fruit market.
The Last Galleon
The only facility in the U.S. where the public is invited to watch the
archeological process on artifacts being recovered from what is believed
to be the oldest Spanish Galleon found in Florida waters. Please call in
Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
America's first "cage less zoo." Enjoy an exciting drive through one of
the world's great wild animal preserves with more than 1,200 wild
animals roaming free within inches of your car. Then visit Safari World
amusement park with narrated boat cruise, miniature golf, animal and
bird displays, paddleboats, reptile park, petting zoo, picnic area,
restaurant, gift shops, a new carousel and Lorry feeding aviary. While
the African Lion is still a prominent species in the preserve, Lion
Country also provides a home where rare and endangered animals can live
and reproduce. Lion Country is one of America's leading centers for the
education and preservation of wildlife. Rare births at Lion Country,
such as the African elephant, white rhinoceros and giraffes, are some
examples of the success of the cage less zoo prototype that has helped
revolutionize the zoo industry.
Loxahatchee Everglades Tour
Enjoy air boat tours, and see Florida the way it used to be. Loxahatchee
Everglades Tours are open to the public.. Guided tours are available
every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A one-hour environmental tour is
available for reservations of parties 15 or more.
Behind The Crab House, Jupiter Island, 561-744-2191
Sightseeing Tours 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise 5-6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the evening along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Mariah Sailing Catamaran
Located at the North Palm Beach Marina, east of U.S. Highway
1, east of the North Palm Beach Country Club.
Mariah is a 49-passenger sailing catamaran offering 3 1/2 hour sailing
adventures on the Atlantic Ocean and the protected waters of the Lake
Worth Lagoon. Scheduled sails: Thursday 10 a.m.; Friday 6 p.m.; Saturday
10 a.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.; Private group charters anytime. Snorkeling trips
Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
14200 U.S. Highway 1 at Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach,
561-627-8280, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 3
p.m. on Sunday. No admission charge. Donations Appreciated. More Info
Visit endangered sea turtles in a rehabilitation facility. Aquariums &
marine life exhibits help visitors understand the fragile environment.
Mounts Botanical Gardens
531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach
Tour a collection of tropical and subtropical plants, including fruits,
citrus, rose garden, hibiscus, herb garden, xeriscape, a rain forest and
more. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.
Okeeheelee Nature Center
Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Walk along the nature trails that wind through 100 acres of native pine
Flatwoods and wetlands. The center's 2.5 miles of trails include paved
trails designed to be accessible to strollers and the handicapped. They
feature soft surface trails leading into more remote areas of the
sanctuary. The spacious visitor center offers hands-on exhibits and the
gift shop offers items related to natural history.
Palm Beach Groves
7149 Lawrence Road, Boynton Beach
Free tram rides daily through citrus groves and a packing house. Stroll
through our tropical gardens. See old Florida as it once was. Fresh
squeezed juice, gift shop, plant shop, country store.
On The Rocks
8400B Garden Road, Riviera Beach
On The Rocks offers: indoor rock climbing, with over 30 feet tall
climbs. Team building and challenge ropes courses that build teamwork,
enhance trust and communication. Adventure trips, weekend camp-outs to
week-long excursions. Portable rock climbing walls, perfect for
festivals, events and company parties.
Palm Beach Polo and Country Club
South Shore Boulevard, Wellington
Home to world-class polo. During the season, from January through
mid-April, as many as 6,000 horses may be on the grounds. Polo riders
and horses are brought in by team-owner patrons from throughout the
world to participate in the oldest sport on horseback. Palm Beach Polo
continues to host the U.S. Open Polo Championships. Matches are held
every Sunday afternoon during season. Special matches are often held,
featuring well-known celebrities.
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
Pierson Road, Wellington, 561-793-JUMP
Home of Stadium Jumping, Inc. and International Equestrian events such
as the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival. The annual stadium jumping
event draws the elite during its run from January to March and is a
proving ground for our United States Equestrian Team in the sport of
Show Jumping and Dressage. Among its competitors, you'll find Olympic
equestrian athletes, media celebrities and 3,500 magnificent horses from
around the world during the 7-week run. It serves as the site of
qualifying events and selection trials to such important international
events as the World Championships and the summer Olympic games. Stroll
the show grounds and enjoy seeing horses and ponies of every size and
breed. You'll also see riders from as young as three years of age! Call
for event schedules.
Palm Beach Princess
Port of Palm Beach
561-845-SHIP (from Jupiter to Boynton Beach)
or toll free (800) 841-7447
Offering day and evening coastal cruises, the ship travels to
international waters where passengers may enjoy gaming, entertainment
and a world class buffet. Sailing from the Port of Palm Beach.
The Palm Beach Water Taxi
Based out of Sailfish Marina & Resort, Singer Island.
Offers daily narrated Sightseeing Tours such as "Palm Beach Now & Then",
and "Nature Lovers Tour" and Sunset and Moonlight Cruises.
Waterway transfer service is also available to and from downtown West
Palm Beach's Clematis Street District; Palm Beach Garden's Waterway
Cafe, Sailfish Marina & Resort, Singer Island; waterfront attractions,
restaurants & bars; Peanut and Munyon Islands; and special events.
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 547-WILD for special event information and summer and holiday
hours. More Info
Discover why The Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park is the number one family
attraction in Palm Beach County. This intimate, 23-acre tropical
zoological garden is home to more than 400 animals representing
Australia, South and Central America, Asia and Florida. The zoo is
committed to the preservation of several endangered species including
the Komodo dragon, bengal tiger, lemur, cotton top tamarin, golden lion
tamarin, Florida panther, and features the nation's first outdoor
exhibit of Goeldi's monkeys. Enjoy the children's area and reptile
house. Explore the Cornell Nature Trail and shaded paved walkways
throughout the zoo. Enjoy refreshments at the Treehouse Cafe and search
for treasures at the Zoo Gift Shop.
South Florida Science Museum
4801 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, 561-832-1988
Admission is $6 for Adults and $4 for children 3-17
Children under 3 are free. For more information call 561-832-1988.
At the South Florida Science Museum, dozens of hands-on permanent
exhibits as well as special traveling exhibitions appeal to all ages.
The McGlinty Aquarium features tanks with Pacific and Atlantic species
as well as Mangrove & Coral Reef habitats. The Aldrin Planetarium offers
star shows and spectacular laser light concerts. The Museum is open Mon.
- Thurs, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.
- 6 p.m. and Sundays from Noon-6 p.m. On Friday nights the Telescope
Observatory is open for sky viewing from dark to 10 p.m. (weather
permitting.) Special traveling exhibits also.
Sports Immortals Museum
6830 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
The largest sports memorabilia collection in the world is here. Rare
sports collectables and video presentations provide an exciting look at
the history of sports. Special features include theme parties, field
trips, tours and fund raisers.
South Florida Fairgrounds
West Palm Beach, 561-793-0333
First established in 1992, Yesteryear Village is now a major attraction
at the South Florida Fairgrounds. In addition to being open during the
17 days of the South Florida Fair in January, the Village is host to two
events during the year.
Summer Fair in May and Christmas in the Village in December. Yesteryear
Village is also home to the magnificent Bink Glisson Museum. Creative
artisans and craftsman, along with historic re-enactors bring the past
to life in a wholesome entertainment venue.
Attractions in Palm Beach
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
1 Whitehall Way
Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5 More Info
A tour with well informed guides takes about an hour. The opulence of
Florida's Gilded Age is still apparent at Whitehall, the palatial
73-room mansion Henry Flagler had built in 1901 for his third wife, Mary
Lily Kenan. Then-famous architects John Carrère and Thomas Hastings were
instructed to spare no expense in creating the finest home they could
imagine. They did as they were told, and Whitehall rivals some of the
fine palaces of Europe. In 1960 Flagler's granddaughter, Jean Flagler
Matthews, bought the building, which had been the Whitehall Hotel from
1929 to 1959, and made it a museum. On display are many of the original
furnishings, an art collection, a 1,200-pipe organ, and exhibits on the
history of the Florida East Coast Railway, including Flagler's personal
railroad car, the Rambler.
Originally built by Henry Flagler in 1895 and rebuilt by his
descendants after a fire in 1925, this luxury hotel was one of the
starting points of Florida tourism. It resembles an ornate Italian
Renaissance palace and recently received a $100 million dollar
renovation. The lobby of this five star hotel has painted arched
ceilings hung with crystal chandeliers, and an ornate Florentine Dining
Room which is hung with 15th-century Flemish tapestries.
Originally, Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway was designed with
a stop right on the grounds of the Breakers for the convenience of
affluent guests traveling from all parts of the country for a Florida
This small beach directly east of Worth Avenue is especially
popular because it's so close to town. But the only parking meters along
Ocean Boulevard, the only convenient public beach access, are found
between Worth Avenue and Royal Palm Way. 400 S. Ocean Blvd. Other
parking is reserved for residents of Palm Beach who are issued special