What to do and see in West Palm Beach, Florida: The Best Places and Tips

With sunny skies, nearly perfect year-round weather and a range of outdoor and cultural attractions, West Palm Beach presents the ideal setting for a weekend escape. Enjoy a game of golf at a number of pristine local courses or hit the beach for a day of tanning and catching up on your reading. See African chimps and endangered species like the Southern White rhinoceros wander free in a natural habitat at the Lion Country Safari. You could spend an entire day on Peanut Island, a popular tourist attraction that houses a bunker built for President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War. The island includes the bunker, a museum and plenty of picnic areas, plus biking and walking paths. The ferry ride to the island cruises past the opulent mansions of the city's wealthy residents. For those who prefer indoor endeavors, the Norton Museum boasts an exceptional collection of American, Chinese and European art. Famous performers appear at "The Harriet" and at the Kravis Center. Of course there's always shopping, the city's other favorite pastime. From designer boutiques to big name department stores, West Palm has it all.

1. McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

12943 61st St N, West Palm Beach, FL 33412-2017 Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
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5 based on 2748 reviews

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! : Eight lush acres of endangered wildlife surrounded by a botanical garden situated in the palmetto and pine forest of West Palm Beach! Over 200 animals from White Tigers to African Lions, Black Leopards, Ligers, Lynx and Amur Leopards seen from just four feet away you can't get any closer than this by law! Hands on experiences with parrots, kinkajous, alligators, snakes, and well who knows what else. You will have to come by and experience it for your self! We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit wildlife rescue facility that take in injured native wildlife, orphaned babies, and unwanted exotic pets! Your experience here goes hand in hand with helping us with the tremendous expense in this cause.Price is $35.00 Dollars for adults and $25.00 Dollars for children.

Reviewed By Needabreak2014 - Fair Lawn, New JerseyFair Lawn, New Jersey

Unique and Wonderful Visit

While looking on trip advisor for things to do in WPB, i saw this - and instead of going to a zoo or a lion safari, we decided to come to McCarthys - the fact that it is a sanctuary for rescued and abandoned animals was so appealing. Ashley was our guide

2. CityPlace

700 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6313 Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2415 reviews

CityPlace

Destination in West Palm Beach with food & beverage, retail, arts & culture, education and community experiences for all ages.

Reviewed By Bob4Bob - Kokomo, IndianaKokomo, Indiana

Nice attractions

City center is a very walkable place that has several family entertainment options. There are a variety of activities and food options. We walked from our hotel so I'm not sure about parking. More activities are under construction. Food options vary from

3. Manatee Lagoon

6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 Museums, Specialty Museums, Children's Museums, Science Museums More
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4.5 based on 409 reviews

Manatee Lagoon

Reviewed By ClatonF - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

Great venue

The power plant next door have done a wonderful job taking advantage of their location and the fact that the manatees venture close by during the colder months. It is a beautiful facility with a welcoming feel to it. The staff inside have a really affinit

4. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-3035 Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 1045 reviews

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

FREE PARKING DAILY! As Palm Beach County’s only top-rated Zoological experience, we are home to over 550 animals, many of them endangered. Our mission is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. Our unique tropical zoo showcases an animal collection (Malayan tigers, jaguars, Mexican spider monkeys, panther) from around the world, living in natural habitats. Enjoy shady paths, a colorful carousel, an interactive water play fountain, Nature Play Pavilion, a full-service restaurant, and 11 daily shows and keeper talks where you can watch animal trainings, feedings and meet zookeepers. Book a behind-the-scenes animal experience and get up close and personal with a sloth, koalas, capybaras, anteaters, Aldabra tortoises or mingle with flamingos.

Reviewed By Dina M - Central Florida, FloridaCentral Florida, Florida

need more maintenance

went there yesterday with my friends, its huge but for me the regular price of 24.99 is not worth it, its good for us because have 50% discount bec. it was raining a little bit when we came in , its not pouring so it was nice bec. its not hot to walk arou

5. Downtown West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL Other, Sights & Landmarks, Neighborhoods
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4.5 based on 706 reviews

Downtown West Palm Beach

Reviewed By 715autumnm - Stamford, ConnecticutStamford, Connecticut

Cute place to walk around

Downtown isn't very large, but it's cute. Grab a coffee at subculture and take a stroll around the main Street.

6. Norton Museum of Art

1450 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6405 Museums, Art Museums
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4.5 based on 624 reviews

Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton (1875-1953) and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton (1881-1947). The Museum’s permanent collection now consists of more than 7,600 works in five curatorial departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography. The Museum’s expansion that opened February 9, 2019 was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster of the architectural firm Foster + Partners. It is the most comprehensive in the institution’s 78-year history. Dramatic changes include boldly re-orienting the main entrance to South Dixie Highway , which restores the symmetrical east-west campus axis created in 1941 by original architect Marion Sims Wyeth. The building and accompanying lush sculpture garden, enable the Norton to exhibit more art, present more programs, and provide a growing community an up-to-date center for the public to enjoy art and culture.

Reviewed By 18phyllisk - Mamaroneck, New YorkMamaroneck, New York

Interesting collections

While this museum is small, the collections and the history are all very interesting. We ate lunch at the restaurant and enjoyed eating outside although we had to keep reminding the hostess we were waiting. Lunch was delicious: grilled Spanish octopus, Fl

7. Mounts Botanical Garden

559 N Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33415-1311 Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 387 reviews

Mounts Botanical Garden

Now celebrating 40 years and with a mission to "inspire and educate through nature," Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Located behind Palm Beach International Airport, the Garden is a hidden gem that is being discovered every day! Mounts is a favorite with nature photographers, gardeners and visitors looking for a serene experience filled with beauty and the surprises of nature's art. The Garden also offers informative classes, workshops and other fun-filled events. Visitors to this 14-acre tropical oasis will see an acclaimed collection of 25 unique garden areas containing more than 2,000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants, including Florida native plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, roses, cactus, and much more. The award-winning Windows on the Floating World, one of the newer gardens, is a guest favorite. The Garden's centerpiece is beautiful Lake Orth with island overlook to view koi and turtles.

Reviewed By 7ofnine - seattleseattle

Great alternative to sitting around the airport!

Very close to the W. Palm Beach airport. We were even able to stash our bags near the entrance to the garden while we walked around. Lots of interesting information and labels on plants. Lots of paths, a lake and butterfly garden. Fun way to spend an hour

8. Okeeheelee Park

7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33413-3337 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

Okeeheelee Park

HOURS: Sunrise - Sunset lighted court facilities open until 9:00 pm lighted athletic fields (permit required) open until 10:00 pm AMENITIES baseball fields, lighted (5) bicycle paths (8 miles) BMX track boat launching area (freshwater fishing lake, non-motorized) boat launching ramp (water ski lake) (2) boat slips, day use only (19) disc golf (18 holes) dog park, Pooch Pines equestrian center, Jim Brandon Equestrian Center 111-acre, world-class equestrian showplace covered arena open riding area training rings equestrian trail (8.11 miles) exercise course (20 stations, 1 mile) fishing (freshwater-stocked) golf course, Okeeheelee Public Golf Course 27 holes (3 nine-hole courses) chipping area driving range practice putting green pro shop snack bar lake frontage mountain biking (located on the east side of Pinehurst Drive, south of Forest Hill Boulevard) multipurpose fields, lighted (4) nature center, Okeeheelee Nature Center (hours vary) exhibit hall with live animals meeting rooms outdoor classroom rental facilities nature trail, interpretive (0.75 mile) nature trails (1.2 miles) parking boat/trailer parking (water ski lake/freshwater fishing lake) regular parking picnic areas with grills, single table picnic pavilions (Alligator, Micanopy, Osceola, Tuskeegee), reserved group (4) picnic shelters, family picnic shelters, single table pier (fishing) playground, including playground safety play structure (ages 2-5 years) play structure (ages 5-12 years) rental concession (call for hours) canoe/kayak/pedal boat rentals 561/304-1344 bicycle rentals 561/304-1344 restroom facilities softball fields, lighted (4) tennis courts, lighted (8) volleyball, grass courts (1) walking paths (8 miles) water skiing courses (permit and fee required) (5)

Reviewed By Richard B - Greenacres, FloridaGreenacres, Florida

Excellent Park

This park has a little of lots of things, Golf, tennis,handball, row boats canoes paddle boats segr ways, and excellent one Mile walking path with exercise stops along the way. Nice children's park, small lakes and even water skiing. Great Family Park I g

9. Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 746 reviews

Clematis Street

The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.

Reviewed By DCRoemer - Alexandria, VirginiaAlexandria, Virginia

Restaurant choices

We found a restaurant on Clematis Street that we really enjoyed (Field of Greens) so we visited a couple of times while in town. There is pay parking in public lots and meter parking on the streets, and the area seems pretty well policed (so feed the mete

10. Rapids Water Park

6566 N Military Trl, 1620 Sw, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-1228 Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
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4 based on 775 reviews

Rapids Water Park

Reviewed By Erica3213 - Naples, FloridaNaples, Florida

More expensive but cleaner than expected

A lot cleaner than expected but a lot more expensive. If you have an entertainment book (you can buy online) you get 30% off the admission price making a weekend $36. But that is not the expensive part, the food is. Eat before you go and eat when you're l

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