Ultimate Family Weekend Guide to the Sunshine State
Families from all over the world make the journey to Florida each year and for great reason. The state is home to countless scenic beaches, golf courses, amusement parks and everything in between. The “Sunshine State” has long been known as a top vacation destination for people of all ages due to its variety of options. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend at the beach or an action-packed week with the family, traveling in Florida is not complete without some time in Palm Beach. The town was founded as a resort and has kept true to its roots, as it remains a top vacation destination today.
For the adventurous types, the Palm Beach area has tons of options. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and head out to one of the region’s scenic paddling areas. Lake Worth is a very popular option for tourists and residents alike, offering scenic views and great fishing. Kayaking and paddleboarding are great activities for families of all ages! The city has plenty of access to the ocean (8 different beaches!) for those who would prefer to go out on their own. If you are looking for a rental guided tour, there are plenty of options throughout the city.
Zoos and Wildlife
A trip to Florida is not complete without a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. Officially founded as a small petting zoo in the late 1950s composed of a few ducks, goats, and chickens, the zoo is now home to 190 species of animals, some of which are endangered. The zoo is a great addition to any family vacation!
Palm Beach is also home to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, which helps to rehabilitate and rescue local wildlife. Schedule a tour to learn about a variety of animals from near and far. A tour here is great for the animal lovers in the family.
The region is also home to a few state-managed wildlife areas which offer visitors the chance to view wildlife in their natural habitats.
Whether it’s Orlando or Tampa Bay, Florida is known for its plethora of golf courses and the Palm Beach area is no exception. The area may be home to many of the country’s most financially successful individuals, but there are plenty of less exclusive options for everyone else. The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course offers an affordable experience, amazing views and is highly regarded by golfers everywhere. Breakers, the oldest golf course in Florida, may be short but is very worthwhile.
When planning a trip to Florida, it is impossible not to plan some time at the beach. Palm Beach is located in the most eastern part of the state and offers visitors and residents alike a few different options to enjoy the Atlantic ocean. Due to the movement of the Earth’s ocean currents, the Atlantic in Palm Beach is warmed by water making its way north from the equator, making beach visits here even more pleasant than expected. The city is home to eight different beaches, each of which is worth a visit!
Palm Beach is known as one of the most haunted places in all of the United States. Worth Avenue, the main street in town (also an excellent place to shop, explore and check out some cool architecture), is home to a few haunted buildings. A ghost tour here can be a fun, unique way to explore one of Palm Beach’s top attractions!
The Flagler Museum was initially the home of Henry Flagler, the founder of the city of Palm Beach. At the time, the estate was one of the most magnificent private homes in the world, rivaling even the most prestigious buildings in Europe! Today, it is open to the public as a museum and event center. Exhibits at the museum include the history of railroads in the state (Flagler’s primary business), as well as general regional history. While visiting, it is also worth checking out the massive kapok tree on the property!
Rapids Water Park
Though Palm Beach is surrounded by the ocean, it is not the only option to get out and play in the water. Rapids Water Park is touted as the state’s premier family water park and has rides for visitors of all ages. Big Thunder, a top attraction at the park, gets riders up to nearly 20 miles per hour! All day, weekend admission is just under $50, but if you have a few days or plan to return to the park, a season pass is just $99!
Visiting Palm Beach Is a treat!
Palm Beach is the home of many of the country’s rich and famous, but is also a great vacation destination for families, with plenty of things to do for everyone. A visit here can be a relaxing one, with plenty of downtimes at the beach or by the pool, or one full of action and adventure, with paddle boarding and water parks. A rich regional history also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the area and the animals that inhabit it. No matter what your vacation goals may be, Palm Beach has something to offer. This list is a great way to start planning your visit!