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.
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.
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.
South Florida Fairgrounds
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
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
Dreher Trail North
is $6 for Adults and $4 for children 3-17
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 exciting 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.
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.
Sugar Sand Park
8AM-11PM Sunday 8AM-Sunset
designed for family fun and education. The outdoor playground is filled with
activities that illustrate various scientific principles. In addition, there is
a clubhouse with a theater and a museum known as the Childrenâ€™s Explorium. The
park has indoor basketball courts, an outdoor roller hockey rink, baseball
fields, and hiking trails.
TriRail south from West Palm Beach
giant walk through aviaries brimming with tropical flowers, are thousands of
dazzling butterflies from all over the world. They often land and rest awhile on
the shoulder of a visitor. They are most active on warm, sunny days. There are
also cabinets of emerging pupae. The gardens are extensive and well worth the
commuter rail trip from the West Palm Beach area.
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