You’ll find Palm Beach County in southeastern Florida running along the Atlantic coast, just north of Miami. It’s the wealthiest county in Florida and also one of the largest. Its year-round sunshine, 47 miles of coastline, and rural inland communities make Palm Beach County a popular tourist destination, but also one of the most desirable places to live in Florida. That’s especially true for 55+ buyers, who have 80 active adult and active lifestyle communities to choose from.
For those considering living here and wondering what there is to do, activities range from historical explorations to outdoor recreation. Here are five must-do activities for anyone in Palm Beach County.
Explore the Coast
Swimmers and snorkelers will want to visit Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, a serene beach providing reefs and rocks that attract sea turtles, eels, fish, and sharks. Juno Beach has a pier where you can do some saltwater fishing, and there’s also a dog beach, so you can bring your furry friend.
If you like being near the water but not in the water, visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Built in 1860 on a site that was a popular meeting place for ancient Native American tribes, it was constructed as a military defense and a signal station. Take the climbing tour (105 feet high), explore the museum, or stroll through the trails surrounding the lighthouse.
Take a Museum Tour
Whitehall was the Palm Beach residence of businessman Henry Flagler, and a wedding gift to his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Their winters here launched Palm Beach as the place to be in the late 19th century. Today, the Gilded Age mansion is called The Flagler Museum, and it’s a must-see for anyone who appreciates architecture, art, and history.
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach are lush, green, and full of Japanese art and culture. Special events, cultural activities, and guided tours will give you an inside look at the art of Japanese living. Visitors also enjoy Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. This is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public botanical garden and has over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.
Practice Your Putting
Plenty of exclusive golf clubs can be found in Palm Beach County, but most of the public courses are affordable and accessible. Osprey Point Golf Course in Boca Raton has three nine-hole courses and the distinction of being only the second course in the U.S. to be an Audubon International Certified Classic Sanctuary. The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie is one of Golf Digest’s Top 75 Public Golf Courses in Florida. Tee off among the native grasses and wetland views.
Enjoy the Wildlife
Bird watching and wildlife viewing are popular at Frenchman’s Forest in Palm Beach Gardens. Choose a trail that’s less than a mile long or visit the shaded boardwalk for a look at alligators, gopher tortoises, owls, woodpeckers, hawks, and wading birds. There’s also the Manatee Lagoon, in West Palm Beach, where you can watch the sea cows play and learn about their migration patterns.
Savor Some Seafood
It’s hard not to crave fish when you’re in Palm Beach County. Visit the Seafood Bar at The Breakers, a luxurious resort in Palm Beach. The restaurant is a local favorite that overlooks the water. Everything on the menu is freshly caught, the wine list is extensive, and cocktails are served until midnight. Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens is known for its fresh-shucked oysters and littleneck clams. Try the oyster stew, and hang out in the lounge for some nightlife after hours.
Palm Beach County is dotted with barrier islands and beachfront fun. There are plenty of ways to spend the days for a growing community of residents who love where they live.