Best activities in West Palm Beach

Discovering West Palm Beach: A Guide for Unforgettable Adventures

Discovering West Palm Beach: A Guide for Unforgettable Adventures

We were onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with comfortable seats, a spacious place for your carry-on, and a light system that adjusts so that you get less jetlag, these are just some of its features. We were ready to embark on a 9-day trip to West Palm Beach, Florida – a vibrant city filled with rich history, cultural gems, and exciting adventures. In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the heart of West Palm Beach, exploring top activities with the convenience of the complimentary downtown trolley.
 June 1st- I woke up at 6:00 am, perfect timing to capture this breathtaking shot from the balcony! 
 Sunrise and a wonderful view are the perfect way to start the day.
Best activities in West Palm Beach



Best activities in West Palm Beach

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens:

Start your day by setting out on an enriching journey through West Palm Beach. Begin your exploration with a visit to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, a haven where art and nature beautifully collide. The tranquil surroundings provide a serene escape, allowing you to immerse yourself in the captivating blend of creativity and nature. The gardens have as aim not only the preservation of art but also the natural surroundings. Fact: palm trees are not endemic to West Palm Beach, they were brought or found in shipwrecks and planted,  now admired all over the place.
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Discover nature in an urban environment.
An ample living collection of over 300 palm trees can be admired while exploring the gardens.
There are sculptures made from different materials. Here a picture of a statue made of Norwegian granite
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There are sculptures made from different materials. Here is a picture of a statue made of Norwegian granite.
There are sculptures made from different materials. Here a picture of a statue made of Norwegian granite
The atelier of Ann Norton now allows visitors an insight into the artist’s life and work. 
There are sculptures made from different materials. Here a picture of a statue made of Norwegian granite



Public Library Adventures:

Embark on a journey on the downtown trolley and explore the public library, a hub of knowledge and leisure. Offering free activities and courses catering to every taste, the library invites you to dive into a world of literature, workshops, and cultural experiences. It’s the perfect stop for those seeking a diverse range of activities in the heart of West Palm Beach. We loved joining their yoga class and spending some time there!
Best activities in West Palm Beach


 Getting around WPB

You can us the Downtown trolley which is complimentary to explore and enjoy the area. Video

For other activities in WPB, check what is available.

West Palm beach trolley

Museum of History Exploration:

Delve into the rich history of West Palm Beach at the Museum of History. The downtown trolley seamlessly takes you to this cultural gem, showcasing the Indigenous people’s exhibition dating back to AD 700 – 1500. Immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and artifacts that paint a vivid picture of the region’s heritage.
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The exhibition of the people of the water gives a thorough insight into the live of the Indigenous people living here before the colonization by the Spanish

Site dating from AD 700 – 1500

Fact: Florida’s native people fled Spanish rule and got refuge in Cubs facts on #florida at the people of the water exhibition

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Norton Museum of Art Exploration

Don’t miss the Norton Museum of Art on your downtown trolley adventure. A three-floor treasure trove awaits, showcasing European masterpieces from various periods of art and renowned painters. Unleash your inner art enthusiast as you explore the diverse collection within this cultural haven.
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Come to think about it… First selfies where made by Dutch painters. Here S van Hoogstraten self-portrait (on the pic below, left side)

Masterpiece  looted during WWII, titled King Pyrrhus is among the works of art (pic below, right side)

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Among the exhibitions, you find the exhibition on Chinese art, depicting most important dynasties and periods if history. Chinese were wine connoisseurs, as it was customary to have 6 types of wine made of rice, millet and sorghum.
The chinese exhibition at Norton Museum of art hasover 100 examples of carved jade from the 18th and 19th c, 

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African Adventure at Lion Country Safari

Just a short drive away, the downtown trolley leads you to the thrilling Lion Country Safari. Embark on an exciting African Adventure as you witness majestic wildlife in a safari setting. This unique experience promises both excitement and education, making it a must-visit destination for animal lovers and adventure seekers alike.
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Have your camera at hand! You will find a myriad of great picture opportunities

A leader in conservation and actively involved in species survival programs, it strives to ensure genetic diversity and sustainability. And so, we drove inside the park through the different preserved and a succession of encounters with animals we had never seen up-close.

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The park is divided in areas in order to resemble different habitats, from las pampas in South America with pelicans and tapirs to the Serengeti in East Africa with antelopes.
Ruaha National park unspoiled African wilderness including impala -> video:
A blackbuck the smallest of the antelope family 
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At Kalahari bushveldt a dry plateau on southwest Africa Video:

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Asiatic water buffalo up close! The African adventure at  lion Country safari @visitflorida

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 The GIR forest, well known national park located on Gujarat India, the lion Country safari video:

Gorongosa reserve located in northern Mozambique, one of Africa’s famous wildlife areas  lion Country safari video:
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 Are you mad in love with mammals? This is the place to be! 

Awww! Cuteness to the max! 

Wow experiece! My first close encounter with a giraffe and a camel! 
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Peanut Island Paradise

For a day of sun, sea, and adventure, drive to Peanut Island. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and fishing in the crystal-clear waters surrounding this tropical paradise. This is a hotspot for boat owners and kayaking, there is a nice hiking trail around the island, with small huts all along and well equipped with benches, grills, and restrooms ideal for all visitors wanting to enjoy a pick nick
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Everglades Thrill at Sawgrass

Embark on a full-day tour to feel the exhilaration of the Everglades at Sawgrass. It may take some time to get there by car, but the journey is worth it. Witness the unique ecosystem, encounter wildlife, and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the Everglades.

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Our half-hour tour allowed us to admire some pretty amazing views and very dramatic scenery as there was an imminent storm and that made the scenery even more special.

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We stopped to get some explanations on our tour. Three types of grass are part of the Everglades ecosystem. cattails which contain aloe vera
Everglades fact: Seminole Indians lived here and used them for band-aids, and wove them to hold together the roofs

Tip: buy your tickets in advance with Groupon

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After the tour we went to the wildlife exhibit which allowed visitors to admire not only gators and crocodiles and learn more about them, but also other species to create awareness of the importance of taking care of the environment and our important role.

Best activities in West Palm Beach a (1) We had a Knowledgeable guide that showed us the behavior of gators, there is no risk unless you step on them or get close. They defend their territory but there are very few fatalities. Less than the ones caused by cows!
– they eat very little
– they go for small prey

Sawgrass Outlets for Shopaholics

For the avid shoppers, the downtown trolley leads you to Sawgrass outlets. Indulge in a retail therapy session, enjoying great prices on a variety of items. Enhance your West Palm Beach experience with some quality shopping at this must-visit destination.

Beach Bliss at Boynton Beach:

After all the exploration, take a moment to unwind at Boynton Beach. The downtown trolley doesn’t take you directly, but a short drive will lead you to this coastal haven. Enjoy some beach bliss, soaking up the sun, and relishing the tranquil vibes of West Palm Beach’s beautiful shoreline.

Relaxing by the pool

For those seeking a tranquil escape amidst their West Palm Beach adventure, consider a rejuvenating day by the pool

Where to stay in West Palm Beach

  1. The Breakers Palm Beach: Experience luxury at its finest at The Breakers Palm Beach. This historic resort offers opulent accommodations, world-class amenities, and breathtaking ocean views. Immerse yourself in elegance and enjoy access to the private beach, championship golf courses, and exquisite dining options.  Book The Breakers Palm Beach
  2. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa: Indulge in a sophisticated retreat at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled along the pristine shores, this five-star resort boasts stylish rooms, a serene spa, and impeccable service. With multiple dining options and a stunning pool area, Eau Palm Beach promises a blend of relaxation and refined luxury. Book Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
  3. Hilton West Palm Beach: For a contemporary and convenient stay, Hilton West Palm Beach is an excellent choice. Located in the heart of downtown, this hotel offers modern rooms, a rooftop pool with city views, and proximity to popular attractions. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of CityPlace just steps away. Book Hilton West Palm Beach

Book a tour

West Palm Beach is a coastal city, and booking a tour will ease communication barriers and avoid the hassles of planning and logistics in this big city and area in Florida.  Book ahead your tour in WPB here.

  1. Private Peanut Island Boat & Snorkel Tour: Dive into a personalized aquatic adventure with a Private Peanut Island Boat & Snorkel Tour. Cruise the clear waters, explore underwater wonders, and relax on the pristine beaches of Peanut Island. Create unforgettable memories on this exclusive excursion. Book Private Peanut Island Tour
  2. Palm Beach: Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise: Sail away on a Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise along the scenic coast of Palm Beach. Marvel at the opulent mansions, enjoy the sea breeze, and soak in the stunning views of the city skyline. This leisurely cruise provides a unique perspective of Palm Beach’s beauty. Book Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise
  3. Downtown Food Tour: Delight your taste buds with a Downtown Food Tour, exploring the culinary gems of West Palm Beach. From local favorites to hidden gems, this guided tour takes you on a gastronomic journey through the vibrant downtown area. Discover the flavors that make West Palm Beach a culinary hotspot. Book Downtown Food Tour



In conclusion, West Palm Beach emerges as a destination brimming with diverse experiences, accessible and enriched by the convenience of the downtown trolley. From the artistic allure of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to the knowledge-packed public library, the historical treasures at the Museum of History, and the wild adventures at Lion Country Safari – each stop offers a unique facet of this vibrant city. So, whether you’re a culture connoisseur, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a relaxing beach day, West Palm Beach has it all. In Florida’s warm and sunny embrace, there is always something new to do here, making every visit a memorable and ever-evolving journey.
Our anecdotes:Party of 8 for hibachi on a teppan oven at City Place.


After our shopping spree at Sawgrass, we went to meet cousin Fernando, his wife, and son at Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. We found a nice restaurant ideally located by the seaside called Cafe del Mar, offering tasty seafood, 2×1 cocktails, and live entertainment.

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