Whether you’re stopping in West Palm Beach for work or play, there’s no shortage of fun and interesting things you should check out while you’re here.
West Palm Beach in Florida makes a fantastic holiday destination for those in the area, and on a trip here visitors will find interesting museums, lush tropical gardens, and impressive entertainment venues.
Here are some of our top things to see, places to dine, and things to check out when visiting West Palm Beach.
The Palm Beach Zoo – The Palm Beach Zoo has more than 700 animals in 23 acres set in tropical gardens that mimic many of the animals’ natural habitats. The zoo also features an aquarium, a replica of a swamp, a reptile house, tiger exhibit, and a koala and wallaby area.
For younger visitors, there are other fun exhibits such as an interactive play fountain and an old-fashioned carousel, as well as a safari train to take visitors around the zoo.
The Flagler Museum– The Flagler Museum is the extravagant mansion built and owned by Henry Flagler, the co-founder of Standard Oil. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1902, the house has two floors and stretches over an impressive 100,000 square feet. It’s known for being decorated in a flamboyant style that features everything from influences of a Swiss chalet, to touches that are reminiscent of Louis XIV.
McCarthy’s Animal Sanctuary – This wildlife sanctuary for over 200 animals is located in Palm Beach County, offering tours and hands-on programs for kids of all ages to promote education about wildlife and preservation programs.
Clematis Street – The Clematis Street Historic Commercial District is a U.S. historic district that runs along the 500 Block of Clematis Street. It contains 12 historic buildings. Starting at Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway, visitors and can walk west along Clematis Street and experience the unique flavor of the South Florida’s colorful boutiques, night clubs, live music, restaurants, antique shops and historical landmarks. Be sure to visit on Thursday nights, when Clematis Street transforms into Clematis By Night, offering live music and plenty of delicious food.
Worth Avenue – Worth Avenue has some of the the best luxury stores and boutiques West Palm Beach has to offer. The area also offers plenty of one-of-a-kind dining options as well as luxurious places to stay.
Downtown West Palm – A visit to the vibrant downtown area of West Palm Beach is definitely not to be missed, if only for the array of delicious dining options on offer, coupled with some of the best shopping in the region.
Manatee Lagoon – This wildlife center is dedicated to educating the public about manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon. Manatees are a federally protected species and can only be held in captivity at facilities that meet all mandated requirements.Manatees who visit this area are wild, and the organization is dedicated to inspiring communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.
Grandview Public Market – The country’s first food hall, this warehouse-style food hall has been transformed from a once-stark 14,000 square foot warehouse in industrial West Palm Beach into a space filled with delicious food and beverage options. The market opened in early 2018, and offers plenty of seating to enjoy, whether you’re meeting up with friends, having a meeting, or spending time with family.
Restoration Hardware Rooftop Restaurant – This 10,000 sq ft rooftop spaces serves guests under a soaring glass atrium while enjoying a seasonal, ingredient-driven menu by restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff. The restaurant offers a casually elegant space surrounded by scaling Birds of Paradise, the smell of Asiatic Jasmine and the soothing sounds from the central courtyard fountain.
Pistache French Bistro – Located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach along Clematis Street, with views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park, this classic Parisian restaurant offers casual French fare in a sophisticated environment with excellent ambiance.
The Circle at Breakers – The Breakers is one of Palm Beach Island’s most exclusive hotels, and offers an extensive list of restaurant options, but the best one for Sunday brunch is at The Circle, a restaurant that has 30-foot fresco ceilings and eight oval murals depicting Renaissance landscapes coupled with stunning ocean views. The menu consists of an extensive buffet of hot and cold items, an à la carte menu, endless mimosas and Bloody Marys.
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill – Located off South Rosemary Avenue, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill offers Mediterranean fare in an airy space with a floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar and patio perfect for people gazing. The menu is varied, offering an incredible selection of focaccia flatbreads, artisanal cheeses, and cured meats alongside an award-winning wine collection that can be purchased by flight, bottle, or glass.
The Norton Museum of Art – Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is known for being one of the major cultural sites in all of Florida, and is even famous on the international arts scene thanks to its collections of Chinese and European art. The museum houses paintings and sculptures from leading American artists such as Pollock and Hopper, and wider collections including pieces from Matisse, Monet, and Picasso.
Screen on the Green – This event transforms the great lawn on the West Palm Beach Waterfront into a theater under the stars. Watch free screenings of your favorite movies and make great memories with friends and family on the second Friday of every month. Featured films include family-friendly classics and newer movies. Bring a blanket or a chair and purchase “movie time” popcorn, snacks and beverages from a stocked concession stand.
West Palm Beach Murals – The West Palm Beach Murals are supported by the Art in Public Places Program which encourages local, national and international artists to bring their creative expression to the City of West Palm Beach. These murals tell a visual story, bring awareness to public space and offer gorgeous backdrops for photos or for enjoying on a nice sunny afternoon.
SunFest – Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 175,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons have a positive impact on the local economy.
Jazz on the Waterfront – Free concert series organized by the City of West Palm Beach taking place the third Sunday of each month by the Waterfront. It takes place the third Sunday of each month, usually at the Meyer Ampitheater on Flagler Drive. This event gets packed with live music, friends, food and fun.
Clematis at Night – is a Thursday night tradition in downtown West Palm Beach. This free weekly outdoor concert series on the Waterfront has been “The Hot Spot to Chill” for 22 years with live performances by the area’s best bands, food and drink specials, and unmatched ambiance. Our award-winning event provides an ideal happy hour setting where you can kick back, relax and just hang out with tons of music and fun. Come see why it has become an institution in downtown West Palm Beach and a popular community watering hole.
- Live music by the area’s best bands
- Happy hour setting on the waterfront
- Hangout in downtown’s hottest social scene
- Unwind after work or meet up with friends and families
- Enjoy a night out in paradise!
Clematis by Night is produced by The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Community Events.
Whether you’re visiting Palm Beach just for fun, or are looking for a new place to call home, West Palm Beach offers a unique blend of art, music and culture that is unrivaled anywhere else. As Palm Beach’s real estate experts, we are always happy to recommend a place for you to get the ultimate West Palm experience!