Live the high-flying life with a vacation at Palm Beach, Florida. Located on a 16-mile-long barrier island, Palm Beach exudes class and sophistication with its incredible mansions, upscale resorts, exclusive golf courses, and five-star restaurants. Worth Avenue, the area’s well-known shopping hub, is lined with picturesque palm trees. After you settle into your Palm Beach vacation rental, check out these family-friendly activities.
1. Check out the Maritime Museum
Head to the Palm Beach Maritime Museum on the weekend and book a VIP tour, which includes a ferry ride to Peanut Island, where tour guides take you through the Coast Guard Station, boathouse, and JFK Bunker. Go inside the bunker, one of the area’s most popular attractions, to learn about its significance during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
2. Play a Round of Golf
Avid golfers jump at the chance to hit the links in Palm Beach. Spend an afternoon on the greens at Palm Beach Par-3 Golf Course. Enjoy the incredible views of the beach and inlet while you make your way along the course. Regulars rave about the food here, and there’s a bar upstairs if you want to celebrate your low score after 18 holes.
3. Shop, Shop, and Shop Some More
Whether you’re into window shopping or want to spend some serious cash, spend a day on Worth Avenue. Upscale stores and boutiques line this popular street. Feel like a VIP as you duck into Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Stop and refuel at the variety of chic eateries along the path.
4. Soak up the Sun
Spend a day on the sand at Phipps Ocean Park. This quiet little beach is a hidden gem. Pack a picnic lunch at your vacation rental, or stop by the West Palm Beach Greenmarket on your way, and pick up some fresh ingredients and throw on the park’s barbecue pits. The park typically has lifeguards on duty to ensure safety for the entire family, and it’s a great place to let the kids search for shells.
5. Visit the Flagler Museum
American industrialist and Standard Oil founder Henry Morrison Flagler built his estate, Whitehall, in Palm Beach in 1902. Today, it’s a National Historic Landmark and the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Stop in for a guided tour of the incredible estate, and check out the interesting exhibits, which change frequently.
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6. Grab Some Grub
When hunger strikes, venture out from your vacation rental to fill up on fine food. BurgerFi offers the classic All-American cheeseburger and fries. Leopard Lounge & Restaurant is an upscale eatery with fine china and elegant finger sandwiches if you’re feeling more refined. For something more off-beat, stop by Rhythm Café for an incredible dinner in what used to be a family-run drug store. The old soda fountain now serves as a bar.
7. Have an Adventure on the Water
Make sure the thrill seekers in your family get a chance to get out on the water; P.B. Boys Club has everything you need for surfing. Try out jet skiing with a rental from Get Wet Watersports. Rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboard from Paddle Boarding Palm Beach, and store your rentals in the garage of your vacation rental when you’re not using them.
8. Take a Ghost Tour
If you’re intrigued by the paranormal, don’t miss the chance to book a tour with Ghosts of Palm Beach. The tour guides make it fun as they tell local ghost stories. The walking tour spans the length of Worth Avenue, so you get to hear about the ghost that haunts Neiman Marcus’ second floor.
9. Cast a Line
Take a family fishing trip with Captain Bob when you book a charter with Anita-L Sport Fishing. The knowledgeable crew knows right where to go to help you reel in barracuda, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and more. The charter company teams up with Gray’s Taxidermy to help you get your prized catch mounted.
10. Take a Walk
Spend a relaxing afternoon at Lake Trail. Head here for a morning run, or take a leisurely evening walk with the family. Rent bikes from Palm Beach Bicycle so you can bike the scenic waterfront fitness trail. Marvel over the incredible homes along the path, and watch the mega-yachts as they dock. Be sure to snap a few photos for your scrapbook.
111. Explore the Paramount Theatre
Be sure to plan a trip to the Paramount Theatre Building to delight the movie buffs in your family. Some of Hollywood’s most iconic actors and actresses played here. This historic building tells its tales with posters and photos that line the walls. Check out the playbills and antiques that are also on display.
12. Visit a Spa
Spend a day at the spa to relax and rejuvenate yourself. The Spa at The Breakers is a popular spot for a pampering morning. Book a luxurious massage or a facial, and have lunch by the pool. This high-class spa offers fruit, nuts, and Pellegrino in its waiting areas, and it’s known for friendly, accommodating service.
13. See a Performance
Visit the Society of the Four Arts for a family-friendly performance. Check the venue’s website for a full calendar of events, ranging from concerts to plays. Open seven days a week, the botanical gardens showcase tropical plants from South Florida.
14. Stop by a Children’s Museum
Take a drive down to Boca Raton to visit the Children’s Science Explorium, an exciting attraction for kids of all ages. The hands-on science center invites your little ones to explore science and math with interactive exhibits featuring magnets, rockets, and more.
15. Spend the Day at CityPlace
Take a day trip to West Palm Beach to visit the downtown area. CityPlace offers lots of entertainment, eateries, and shops to keep you busy. Knock down some pins at Revolutions Bowling and have lunch at Cheesecake Factory. Come here on Fridays and Saturdays for the free concerts.
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