What are the five best things to see and do in Palm Beach?

Susan Barnes

If you must pull yourself away from the beach during your stay in Palm Beach, there’s plenty to pique your interest. Here’s our list of the five best things to see and do in Palm Beach:

1. Visit the Norton Museum of Art. The largest museum in Florida, the Norton Museum of Art resides in West Palm Beach. Head to the internationally known museum to see works from 19th- and 20th-century masters like Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Hopper and Pollock. It also carries an impressive collection of Chinese art, contemporary art and photography.

2. Chug along to the Flagler Museum. Railroad tycoon Henry Flagler was instrumental in developing south Florida, and his hotels helped establish tourism in the state. The Flagler Museum is a testament to the pioneer’s vision and the Gilded Age.

3. Stroll down Worth Avenue. Shopping is a must on any vacation, and the place to break out your plastic in Palm Beach is Worth Avenue. Walk the street to peruse Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Hermès, Armani, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, along with about 250 other boutiques.

4. Sneak a peek at a turtle’s nest. Visit Palm Beach anytime May through October and you may come across a turtle nest. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a female trudging her way from the water to continue the circle of life. Learn more about these amazing animals at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.

5. Catch a polo match. You’ll become a fan of polo when you watch the ponies at the nearby Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. The club is equipped with its own polo stadium, where you can get in on the action.

  • On July 16, 2013
    Susan Barnes answered the question: Susan Barnes

    Where can I go to watch sports in Palm Beach?

    Sports fans will find plenty to cheer about when visiting Palm Beach. Start your engines and watch drag or kart racing at the Palm Beach International Raceway. If you visit in February, you can catch the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Though, you can take the wheel yourself and enroll in a driving course.

    In the winter, equestrian fans will delight in watching a polo match, steeplechase or dressage at any of a number of centers throughout the Palm Beach area. You can even mount your own horse and ride along Palm Beach’s 300 miles of trails.

    Baseball die-hards make a pilgrimage to South Florida in the spring to see the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, both of whom have spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in nearby Jupiter. Grab your Cracker Jacks and you’re set.

    If your game takes place on the gridiron, travel just about an hour away to watch the Miami Dolphins battle it out at Sun Life Stadium.

    Of course, if you’d rather sit back with a pint and watch the game on TV, there are plenty of bars in the area that are sure to show your favorite team: Grease, Duffy’s and O’Shea’s Pub in downtown West Palm Beach; Dive Bar in Jupiter Island; or the Old Key Lime House or Dave’s Last Resort and Raw Bar in Lake Worth.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    What is the best Palm Beach nightlife?

    Many choose to visit quiet Palm Beach to get away from it all, which means it’s not a banging spot for nightlife. However, if you want to party the night away, there are several options in and around Palm Beach. In West Palm Beach, make your way to Feelgoods Rock Bar for a rockin’ good time. Dance the night away to tunes from a live band or a DJ. Other West Palm Beach spots are Gratify, which has a pub atmosphere, or the Blind Monk Wine Bar, where you can sip a glass with friends.

    In nearby Delray Beach, Falcon House is popular for its creative cocktails and laid-back vibe, while the Office is a gastropub with a bar-next-door feel. Buddha Sky Bar offers a rooftop bar with views of the ocean in an exclusive setting. And if you want to stay in Palm Beach, try Cucina Dell’Arte, the hot spot on the island. People hang out at Cucina daily till 3 a.m., drinking grappa and noshing on seafood. It’s one surefire place to party in Palm Beach.
  • On July 16, 2013
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    Where are the best places to hear live music in Palm Beach?

    When you want live music in Palm Beach, you’ll have to travel a bit, but these spots are well worth the short drives. In nearby Lake Worth, the blues are alive and well at Bamboo Room, or stop by open mike night at Havana Hideout. Make your way to neighboring Jupiter and you may find a national band headlining in the intimate venues of Guanabanas or Square Grouper. The Back Room Blues Bar in Boca Raton features — what else? — blues, while Respectable Street in West Palm Beach is the southeast’s oldest alt music club, often hosting national touring bands on its stage.

    For a low-key outing, every Thursday night in downtown West Palm Beach is Clematis by Night. It’s a free evening of music with a variety of genres taking the stage.
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  • On July 16, 2013
    Susan Barnes answered the question: Susan Barnes

    What are the best Palm Beach museums?

    If you’re looking for the best museums in Palm Beach, start with the state’s largest, the Norton Museum of Art. It exhibits works from 19th- and 20th-century masters like Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Hopper and Pollock. The internationally known museum also carries an impressive collection of Chinese art, contemporary art and photography.

    For some local history, try the Flagler Museum. It’s dedicated to railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, who was instrumental in developing south Florida. His hotels also helped establish tourism in the state. Want more history? Check out the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum, housed in a 1916 courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach. The museum features two permanent exhibits — The People Gallery and The Place Gallery. In The People Gallery, learn about those who helped build up the area and develop it into what it is today, including pre-Columbian inhabitants, Seminole Indians, early pioneers, educators, influential leaders and more — all through video displays, kiosks and exhibits. The Place Gallery is filled with models and photographs of the area’s natural environment, and the animals and ecology that make it unique.

    If science is more your thing, geek out at the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach. Test yourself with some brainteasers, touch a 232-pound meteorite from space, view Egyptian artifacts or safely experience the force of a tornado. The hands-on, interactive exhibits and laser and star show just might make you forget about Palm Beach’s lovely beaches — at least for a little while.
  • On March 20, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Palm Beach?

    Palm Beach’s restaurants highlight the Atlantic Ocean locale in both cuisine and design. Our two restaurant picks in Palm Beach won’t leave you hungry — or disappointed.

    The Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach offers an ocean view to every guest, no matter where you’re seated. And the menu at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is filled with fresh seafood selections like a tropical fruit ceviche and the snapper with blood orange, white anchovies, Kalamata olives and capers.

    And the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Café Boulud, the branch of the New York restaurant of the same name, serves French-American fare with a Florida feel. Expect appetizing dishes like burgundy escargots and chef Daniel Boulud’s smoked salmon while in the tasteful, yet tropically, designed space.
  • On March 12, 2013
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    What are the best places to stay in Palm Beach?

    Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Breakers Palm Beach is the best place to stay in West Palm Beach. It may sound like hyperbole, but it feels as if you’ve stepped into some exclusive Hollywood community once you’ve set foot on the resort. The facility itself is majestic, what with Venetian chandeliers, hand-painted ceilings and stately hallways at every turn. The rooms, ranging from the magnificent oceanfront guest quarters to the jaw-dropping executive suite, are equally outstanding. The Four-Star spa, 10 restaurant options and impeccable service throughout the grounds also leave you feeling like a movie star. And just like an A-list celebrity, when it’s finally time to get away from the public, you can either sneak off to your room or simply close the blinds to your private cabana.
  • On October 26, 2012
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    What are the best places to stay in Palm Beach?

    When planning a visit to Palm Beach, the two best places to stay put you right on the beach, and both happen to be Five-Star hotels. The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach sits along the Atlantic, affording you the opportunity to step off the pool deck and onto the sand. The luxury hotel’s recently redecorated 200-plus rooms and suites all have ocean views, and the huge pool in the center of the grounds is an ideal way to cool off in the summer heat. Once you settle into your accommodations, you’ll feel right at home.

    Another oceanfront option is The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach More than 350 guest rooms and suites can be found throughout the hotel. For a special treat, book a room with a terrace that leads right to the water. To cool off at the Ritz, you have a choice of two pools. At night, warm up in the outdoor terrace, where you can sit in front of a fire pit and toast marshmallows.

    Although both have various restaurants, excellent service and other top amenities, the reason to stay at these hotels are their on-the-beach location.
  • On October 26, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best places to stay in Palm Beach?

    When planning a visit to Palm Beach, the two best places to stay put you right on the beach, and both happen to be Five-Star hotels. The <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/property/four-seasons-resort-palm-beach">Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach</a> sits along the Atlantic, affording you the opportunity to step off the pool deck and onto the sand. The luxury hotel’s recently redecorated 200-plus rooms and suites all have ocean views, and the huge pool in the center of the grounds is an ideal way to cool off in the summer heat. Once you settle into your accommodations, you’ll feel right at home.

    Another oceanfront option is <a href="http://www.forbestravelguide.com/property/the-ritz-carlton-palm-beach">The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach</a> More than 350 guest rooms and suites can be found throughout the hotel. For a special treat, book a room with a terrace that leads right to the water. To cool off at the Ritz, you have a choice of two pools. At night, warm up in the outdoor terrace, where you can sit in front of a fire pit and toast marshmallows.

    Although both have various restaurants, excellent service and other top amenities, the reason to stay at these hotels are their on-the-beach location.
  • On November 12, 2011
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    What are the five best Palm Beach food experiences?

    If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love your time in Palm Beach, whatever time of year you visit. The city’s culinary scene is brimming with experiences that are worth savoring. Here are our five best picks for Palm Beach food experiences:

    1. The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. In the spring, make plans to attend the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. A star-studded lineup — think the Food Network’s Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and the Neelys — joins the 100 or so exhibitors, live cooking demonstrations and tasting workshops. Each year features a new slew of celebrity chefs and demos, so even if you’re a repeat attendee, you’ll always find something new.

    2. Try discount dining. Palm Beach Restaurant Month and Flavor Palm Beach are month-long events designed to get you to try area restaurants. Both fine-dining spots and more casual eateries offer prix fixe, three-course lunch or dinner menus for a fraction of the typical prices during these promotions. The events are typically held in the summer and early fall, respectively.

    3. Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival. Worth Avenue in the heart of Palm Beach sets the scene for the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, a premier tasting event your stomach won’t want to miss in the winter. Well-known chefs like Daniel Boulud, David Burke and Michelle Bernstein have participated in the fest. The most exclusive restaurants in the area showcase their best food and wines — all you need to do is taste and sip.

    4. The Garlic Festival. Garlic lovers rejoice during the annual Garlic Festival in nearby Delray Beach. As you can imagine, garlic takes center stage in everything offered during the wintertime food festival. Don’t miss the chance to taste garlic ice cream.
  • On November 12, 2011
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    What are the five best kid-friendly restaurants in Palm Beach?

    When it’s time to head out to eat and you’ve got the kids in tow, there are several restaurants in Palm Beach that will accommodate your family. Here’s our five best picks for kid-friendly restaurants whose fare also will please your palate:

    1. Ocean Bistro. For breakfast, visit the Ocean Bistro at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. With red velvet cake waffles and house-made Pop-Tarts filled with cinnamon, raspberry or chocolate marshmallow, everyone will feel like a kid and finish everything on their plates. When it’s time for dessert — in case your breakfast wasn’t enough with the sweets — choose the create-your-own ice cream sandwiches. Pick from four different types of cookies, ice creams and toppings, and two sauces. Half the fun is customizing your own cool treat.

    2. Breeze. At lunch, grab a stool at Breeze at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach and dig into a juicy burger. Breeze is the only oceanfront hamburger bar in Palm Beach and with ingredients like Angus beef, heirloom tomatoes, basil, avocado, mozzarella, the food is a big step up from a Happy Meal.

    3. Old Key Lime House. Make your way to the Old Key Lime House and snag a waterside table. The oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida offers panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and is a wonderful place watch the sunset. Though kiddies will be more interested the easy-to-eat fish fingers and the casual restaurant’s signature Key lime pie.

    4. E.R. Bradley’s Saloon. This West Palm Beach restaurant rolls out the red carpet for kids. Its children’s menu will satisfy little appetites with hamburgers, hot dogs and mac and cheese, and the location right on the Intracoastal will provide loads of opportunities for spotting wildlife during your meal.

    5. Serendipity. Don’t let the Tiffany lamps and Art Nouveau décor fool you, the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Serendipity is all about fun. The restaurant — known for its over-the-top sweets — was inspired by New York’s famed Serendipity 3. Dive into the delicious sandwiches and everyone’s favorite, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
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