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given weekday mornings.
beautiful beach, some picnic tables, and grills, plus a Palm Beach County
landmark in the Little Red Schoolhouse. Dating from 1886, it was the first
schoolhouse in what was then Dade County.
11-4 (call ahead; schedule is not always observed) or by appointment. This
monument to the late American sculptor Ann Weaver Norton, second wife of Norton
Museum founder Ralph H. Norton, consists of charming 3-acre grounds displaying
seven granite figures and six brick megaliths. The plantings were designed by
Norton, an environmentalist, to attract native bird life.
Macarthur Beach State Park
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
Kirby Nature Center
Wednesday-Monday from 9 to 5and features exhibits on the coastal environment.
A1A, North Palm Beach
9:30-5:30 last vehicle in by 4:30.
(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. Excellent CD narration of each
area. Borrow and return the CD at admission center. Following the safari,
spend the day at the Lion Country Park. Rides, food, animal exhibits, and a
ptting zoo. Enjoy a ride on the Safari Queen cruise. A full day of fun for the
Norton Museum Of Art
10-5, Sun. 1-5
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 collection.
Beach Zoo At Dreher Park
533-0887 or (561) 547-9453.
(until 7 on spring and summer weekends).
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.
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.
Marine Life Center
1 (entrance on west side of park), Juno Beach, 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.
at end of Lake Worth Bridge
recreation area on the Atlantic Ocean has a beach, Olympic-size swimming pool,
fishing pier, picnic areas, shuffleboard, restaurants, and shops.
R. Marshall-Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Rd., off U.S. 441 between Boynton Beach Blvd. (Rte. 804) and Atlantic Ave. (Rte.
806), west of Boynton Beach
AM-sunset; visitor center weekdays 9-4, weekends 9-4:30
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
Morikami Park Rd
museum Fee charged except free Sun. 10-noon. Park daily sunrise-sunset; museum
Tues.-Sun. 10-5; cafĂ© Tues.-Sun. 10-5.
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. CafĂ©
serves light Asian fare.
Museum of Art
Mizner Park, Boca Raton
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, 44,000-square-foot facility.
two children passed a paper cup around Mizner Park, collecting $4 in change
toward a proposed new museum. They proudly presented their gift to the Museum
which at that time was in crowded, temporary quarters and able to only display 3
percent of its extensive collection. From that important beginning, it took only
three years to raise $13.3 million in cash and pledges, which was over and
above the project's original $10 million goal. The result is a stunning museum
complex. The building has an outdoor sculpture garden, an auditorium,
children's education center, and library.
American Orchid Society
housed in a Palm Beach mansion, the Orchid Society recently opened at its new
headquarters on the grounds of the Morikami Museum
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
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. Travel back in time with genuine antique
Christmas ornaments and decorations.
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.
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.
Main Street, Pahokee, Florida
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.
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, (561) 832-4164
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
Hoffman's Chocolate Shoppe & Gardens
generations, the Hoffman family has been creating melt-in-your-mouth 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.
Highway 1 and Highway A1A, Jupiter, (561) 747-8380
existing structure in Palm Beach County and one of the most photographed
structures in South Florida. Open Sunday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Last tour
begins 3:15 p.m.) weather permitting. It is a strenuous climb. Visitors must be
in good health and at least 48 inches tall. For your safety, please wear shoes
fastened in the back.
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL
Beachâ€™s premier concert theater. The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the
Performing Arts houses three theaters: Dreyfoos Hall, Gosman Amphitheater, and
Rinker Playhouse. The facilities include the Eunice and Julian Cohen pavilion,
which houses a public restaurant, a meeting and banquet area, and a five floor
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 advance.
million Spring Training Complex/Stadium was specially designed to hold two
baseball teams at one time. Spring Training is held at this state of the art
facility in February and March for the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis
Cardinals. The Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals are at home in the
stadium from April-August.
Loxahatchee Everglades Tour
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
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.
the North Palm Beach Marina, east of U.S. Highway 1, east of the North Palm
Beach Country Club.
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 available.
Marinelife Center of Juno Beach
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.
endangered sea turtles in a rehabilitation facility. Aquariums & marine life
exhibits help visitors understand the fragile environment.
Military Trail, West Palm Beach
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.
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
Palm Beach Polo
and Country Club
Shore Boulevard, Wellington
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
Road, Wellington, (561) 793-JUMP
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. Call for event
845-SHIP (from Jupiter to Boynton Beach)
free (800) 841-7447
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.
of Sailfish Marina & Resort, Singer Island.
daily narrated Sightseeing Tours such as "Palm Beach Now & Then", and "Nature
Lovers Tour" and Sunset and Moonlight Cruises.
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.
Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
547-WILD for special event information and summer and holiday hours.
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
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.
Sawgrass Recreational Park
Turnpike South to I-75. I-75 to Hwy. 27 N. Exit.
1-800-457-0788 for directions and information
tours at Sawgrass Recreation Park show the real Florida - the "sea of grass."
See the Everglades by airboat, visit an Indian village, alligator and reptile
exhibit and birds of prey.
Dreher Trail North
Beach, (561) 832-1988
under 3 are free. For more information call 832-1988.
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.
South Florida Fairgrounds
Beach, (561) 793-0333
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 Bink Glisson Museum. Creative artisans and craftsman, along
with historic re-enactors bring the past to life in a wholesome entertainment
Attractions on the Island in Palm Beach
10-5, Sun. noon-5
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 CarrĂ¨re 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.
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 holiday.
beach directly east of Worth Avenue is especially popular because it is so close
to town. 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 parking decals.
to Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive or Palm Desert's El Paseo, Palm Beach's Worth
Avenue is a must for the discriminating shopper.
renovated, this two story shopping promenade now emulates the Mediterranean
revival-style architecture made popular by Addison Mizner in the 20's. It is the
perfect setting for elegant boutiques, fine dining and of course, Saks.
Downtown at Palm
Beach Gardens has added acres of upscale shopping, restaurants, gourmet
groceries, and entertainment to the trendy Gardens Mall area.
Place (561) 366-1000
Great restaurants, sidewalk cafes, old world architecture, fabulous boutiques
and shops, musical fountains, live entertainment, trolley, horse drawn
carriages, bicycle taxis, movie theater. All in the heart of downtown West Palm
Beach near the Convention Center.
(561) 833-8873 The entertainment and nightlife center of West Palm Beach.
Arrive by trolley or water taxi and enjoy restaurants, retail shops, Saturday
Green market, Thursday's Clematis by Night, Sunday at the Meyer, Brown Bag
Concerts, and more.