As its name suggests, West Palm Beach has both the palm-fringed streets and the lovely beaches which lure visitors.
But take a step away from the beach and a water taxi, a trolley and even a bicycle taxi or horse-drawn carriage will take you downtown to another world – the trendy, vibrant Clematis Street Retail and Entertainment District.
It is an historic five block-long four block-wide locality where you will find beautifully restored historic buildings housing restaurants, retail shops, galleries, and clubs and where you will find music and fun. You’ll also find some of West Palm Beach’s cultural venues like the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Norton Museum of Art which houses a world-renowned collection of international art.
If culture is not your thing, West Palm Beach also offers family fun with the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, the South Florida Science Museum, a hands-on science center, aquarium and planetarium, and Lion Country Safari where two parks provide a drive-through safari, a thousand roaming animals, a walk-through animal park, boat tour, paddle boats, water play area, miniature golf, restaurant, gift shops and picnic area. The Museum at Ragtops is a designated historic facility with collectible and classic automobiles displayed among antiques and memorabilia.
Okeeheelee Park has picnic areas, nature trails, fresh-water fishing, lakes, boating, water-skiing, a BMX track. Also on site is an 27-hole golf course, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields, soccer fields, exercise course, and new Dog Park.
West Palm Beach is part of Palm Beach County and its distinctive attractions, its assortment of cultural venues, top-notch festivals and edge-of-your-seat sporting activities. This sub-tropical paradise, which features 47 miles of beaches, is home to 37 distinct cities that are rich in diversity.
Palm Beach County boasts more than 16,000 guestrooms at more than 200 hotels. Luxurious resorts, affordable inns, and bed & breakfasts create an extensive list of accommodations from which to choose. Elegant and casual dining is found at more than 2,300 restaurants.
Shoppers enjoy fantastic venues for every taste. From the funky and forward shops of Atlantic Avenue and the famous and elegant boutiques of Worth Avenue, to five superior shopping malls and the small European town center of CityPlace, Palm Beach County boasts world-renowned shopping at a vast selection of locales.
More than 40 cultural venues are located across the county. From the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Norton Museum of Art to Ballet Florida and Boca Raton Museum of Art, all reflect a diversity of excellent entertainment and unequaled exhibits.
Excellent weather makes Palm Beach County a superb place to experience the outdoors and enjoy recreational activities. Fully registered as Florida’s Golf Capital SM, Palm Beach County has more than 160 public and private golf courses.
Palm Beach County is surrounded by water, so its no wonder water activities abound. Anglers will find the best in deep-sea fishing and numerous fresh water spots. For scuba enthusiasts, the waters offer brilliantly colored corals, sea turtles, nurse sharks and the Western Hemisphere’s widest variety of tropical and sport fish. Ecotourists will realize that they are in an exploration utopia, both on land and under the sea. Adventures await yachters, canoe/kayaking enthusiasts, beach-goers, divers and pleasure boaters alike.
With an average annual temperature of 78° F, visitors can enjoy the great outdoors year-round at any of the 70 parks in the County, 13 of which are beachfront. State, county and local parks offer everything from boating to horseback riding while beach-goers bask in the sun on a 47-mile stretch of shoreline.