Explore Palm Beach County
There are so many great things to do in Florida. But if you’re ready to explore 47 miles of pristine coastline, visit a fascinating array of cultural venues, fish or dive in Gulf Stream-warmed waters, discover the beauty of the unique Florida ecosystem, and make memories at some of the many family friendly attractions, you’ve come to the right place. The communities in Palm Beach County range from cities and quaint villages rich in history and cultural venues, to elegant resort areas with world renowned golf courses and luxury spas, to breathtaking natural areas designed for biking, hiking beaching and bird watching.
Here are some of our favorite places to visit.
Boca Express Train Museum
747 South Dixie Hwy Boca Raton, Fl 33432
561-395-6766; bocahistory.org Call for times
Experience a nostalgic tour and learn about the glamorous days of train travel via living history interpreters. Come aboard as a passenger and meet the train crew members at work! The tour begins in the historic FEC train depot and continues after boarding the two 1947 Seaboard Air Line streamlined rail cars. These unique Budd dining and lounge rail cars, which are restored to their original splendor, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the restored 1930 train depot. The Boca Express Train Museum also includes a 1964 Atlantic Coast Line caboose and a 1930 Baldwin steam switch engine.
Coconut Cove Waterpark
20130 Regional Park Dr. Boca Raton, Fl 33498
561-692-8840; discover.pbcgov.org Seasonal; Hours Vary
Get Wet and Wild
The fun is non-stop at this family friendly waterpark which includes an exciting 986’ river ride, two breathtaking 220’ water slides, and large, interactive children’s water playground. There’s also a full service concession stand, locker rentals, locker rooms and shower facilities available. The fun is non-stop at this family friendly waterpark which includes an exciting 986’ river ride, two breathtaking 220’ water slides, and large, interactive children’s water playground. There’s also a full service concession stand, locker rentals, locker rooms and shower facilities available.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl 33432
561-544-8605; gumbolimbo.org M – Sa 8am — 4pm; Su Noon – 4pm
Connect with Nature
Located on a barrier island in Boca Raton, this 20 acre coastal preserve is surrounded by a rare remnant of tropical hardwood hammock. A boardwalk connects you to this rare tropical forest where, from the 40’ observation tower, you can view gumbo limbo trees, migrating birds, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Indian middens, shell piles left by the Glades Indians over 2000 years ago, are located within the hammock. Discover all kinds of wild butterflies in the Butterfly Garden, saunter along the Ashley Trail and relax in an authentic Chiki overlooking the Intracoastal. The Marine Aquariums, here, are home to a variety of native fish and other marine animals and the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility will fascinate you with information about its patients. Indoor displays feature wildlife indigenous to South Florida and a series of stained glass windows depicting the coastal island as it may have appeared in the 1500s.
Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Tri Boca Raton, Fl 33486
M – Sa 8am — 11pm; Su 8am – Sunset
Fun for All Ages
Home to the Children’s Science Explorium, the 155 seat Willow Theatre and the Field House which features and indoor gymnasium, this 132-acre park also boasts swings, slides, accessible climbing structure for all ages and abilities, interactive water feature with all kinds of cool sea creatures and a train station-themed toddler play area.
Wick Theatre and Costume Museum
7901 North Federal Hwy Hwy Boca Raton, Fl 33487
Open Daily; Call for times
Original Costumes from Broadway
This new theater company produces several outstanding productions throughout the year but the Costume Museum here is unlike anything you’ve seen before. You will be absolutely enthralled by the astounding collection of original costumes from over 35 Broadway productions and revivals. Curated from the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American Musical Theatre, the collection’s value is estimated at more than 20 million and has been featured on The Today Show, in People magazine and was the subject of a spectacular photo essay in Vogue magazine by renowned photographer, Bruce Weber.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Rd Boynton Beach, Fl 33473
Visitor Center Daily 9am — 4pm Refuge Daily 5am — 10pm
Adventure in the Everglades
As the last remaining large habitat of the Northern Everglades, this 150,000 acres wildlife refuge is home to a 57 mile long fresh water canal with three boat ramps and a 100’ long pier that is a prime fishing area for anglers. There is also a separate 5.5 mile long canoe/kayak trail into the sawgrass prairie as well as marked and signed hiking trails through the Marsh and Cypress Swamp areas. A levee that runs adjacent to the main canal with transport hikers and bikers into pristine wilderness.
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum
129E Ocean Ave. Boynton Beach, Fl 33435
Tu – Sa 10am — 5pm
Learning Is An Adventure
Kids get to experience South Florida’s history through a series of hands-on interactive learning environments that integrate the arts, humanities and sciences —all in a fun historical setting. There are also several special events throughout the year so be sure to checkout their website for the latest happenings.
94 NE 2nd Ave.
Delray Beach, Fl 33444
Performance Schedule Varies
Delray’s Most Happening Spot
Regaled as downtown Delray Beach’s cultural hub, this non profit multi-media arts venue showcases award-winning theater, an explosive lineup of Grammy award-winning musicians and some really fabulous concerts that run the gamut of Blues, Jazz, Flamenco and World-Fusion to Funk, Folk and Rock. Cabaret table seating and you can even bring your own food and libations.
Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd
Delray Beach, Fl 33446
Tu – Su 10am — 5pm
Journey to the Far East
This center for Japanese arts and culture includes two museum buildings, the Roji-en Japanese Gardens, Garden of the Drops of Dew, a bonsai garden, library and gift shop. Rotating exhibits are displayed in both buildings and demonstrations, including tea ceremonies
and classes, are held in the main building. You’ll also find a wonderful Japanese restaurant here, called the Cornell Cafe, which has been featured on the Food Network.
Pineapple Grove Arts District
NE 1st St. and NE 2nd Ave
Delray Beach, Fl 33444
Home of Artist Alley
Located just off Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, the Pineapple Grove Arts District
features an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, art galleries and entertainment venues. It’s also home to Artist Alley, where you will find working artists in their studios.
Lake Okeechobee & The Glades
Belle Glade Municipal Golf Club
2619 West Canal St N
Belle Glade, FL 33430
Open Daily 7am
Great Value – No Crowds
Surrounded by sugar cane and corn fields, this challenging 18-hole public golf course has few golfers, no houses but lots of gators, birds and other wildlife. Designed by Gary Player and Karl Litten, the course has several water hazards as well as numerous strategically placed traps concentrated along the green sides. One of Palm Beach County’s best kept secrets!
Tory Island Campground
5000 West Canal St N
Belle Glade, Fl 33430
Escape to This Island Jewel
Located on the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Torry Island is a 640-acre “Island Jewel,” rich with wildlife, historical treasures and direct access to “America’s Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” With its unique ecosystem, the Island offers campers and guests a premium full-hook up campsites, security gates, a children’s playground, laundry facilities, covered pavilions, brand new six lane boat ramps with ample parking, and a bait/tackle store.
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Palm Beach State College Glades Campus
1977 SW College Dr
Belle Glade, FL 33430
World Class Entertainment
The quality of entertainment at the 470-seat Dolly Hand is equal to what you would find in a metropolitan theater for the performing arts. Acts range from musical theater to African acrobatic shows from a gospel quartet to a rock ‘n roll extravaganza, from Spanish flamenco dancing to tap dancing.
Lawrence E. Will Museum
530 S Main St
Belle Glade. FL 33430
Open W – Sa 10am – 4pm
The Total Glades Experience
This Museum of local history immerses you in a total “Glades experience” and serves as a starting point for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Everglades. Named after local resident and author, Lawrence Will, son of Glades pioneer Theodore Will, the museum includes Will’s archived artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and documents that preserve the history of the area. The museum also displays the largest known collection of artifacts of a prehistoric Native American people known as “the people of the Belle Glade Culture” who lived throughout the Kissimmee River and the Lake Okeechobee Basin for 3,000 years.
City Of Pahokee Marina & Campground
190 N Lake Ave
Pahokee, Fl 33476
Breathtaking, Unobstructed Lake Views
The City of Pahokee is the only city that has direct access to Lake Okeechobee. The world-class campground offers breathtaking unobstructed lake views, with full RV and tent hookups. All sites are located right along the shores of Lake Okeechobee and give you unmatched access to the lake and storybook sunsets. Cozy cottages are also available.
Sky Dive Palm Beach
Palm Beach County Glades Airport
3800 State Rd 715
Pahokee, Fl 33476
Palm Beach County’s Only Skydiving Facility
This Palm Beach skydiving company specializes in tandem jumps from 14,000’ that will take you to new heights over Lake Ocheechobee and
the verdant Everglades agricultural area. On the clearest days, you can actually see all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Put this one on your bucket list!
South Bay RV Campground
100 Levee Rd
South Bay, Fl 33493
The Perfect Place To Relax & Unwind
Nestled at the base of the levee on the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee, this small, peaceful park provides a natural setting for many Florida native plants and wildlife. Anglers enjoy easy access to Lake Okeechobee using the boat ramp adjacent to the campground. Nature lovers enjoy hiking or biking the nearby Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and bird watching. Each of South Bay RV Campground’s 72 paved RV sites has its own grill and picnic table, and includes cable TV, water, sewer and electric hook-ups at no additional charge (both 30 and 50 amp service available). There are also numerous ground fire rings throughout the park, a multi-purpose pavilion with a screened picnic area and large grills, as well as an air-conditioned recreation room with a pool table, television, courtesy phone, card tables and books to share.