Fun Things To Do
Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum - US 1 and Alternate A1A, Jupiter. 747-8380. The lighthouse, completed in 1859, is the oldest landmark in the Palm Beaches. Open Sat. - Wed. 10-4. The last tour to climb to the top is at 3:15. You may also visit the Loxahatchee Historical Society Museum (747-6639) right nearby which houses a shell collection as well as pioneer and Indian artifacts. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-5.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park - Singer Island. 624-6952. Over 300 acres of pristine Florida, nature walks, undeveloped subtropical shoreline and a nature center are open daily 8AM to Sunset. A 1/4 mile walkway brings you to a 45 acre oceanfront beach island. Bring a picnic and enjoy the solitude and beauty. During the summer months, this is a prime nesting sight for loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles and evening walks are given. This is an ideal place for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and snorkeling.
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens - 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach. 495-0233. A permanent exhibit, "The Yamato Colony", offers a fascinating look at the early Japanese settlers in the area. Other exhibits vary. Admission to the museum includes the recently completed tranquil Japanese gardens.
Lovely Japanese restaurant for a lovely authentic lunch. Open Tues.-Sun. 10-5.
Lion Country Safari - Southern Blvd. W., West Palm Beach. 793-1084. Allow at least 2 hours to drive through this 500 acre wildlife preserve and see over one thousand animals including lions, zebras and giraffes. Picnickers are welcome and there is also an amusement park, nature walk, boat rides, miniature golf and a petting zoo. Open daily 9:30AM-4:30PM.
The Rapids - Military Trail South of Blue Heron Blvd., West Palm Beach. 842-8756. Open Mid March -September, this is a complete family entertainment complex. The facilities include 16 water slides, a lazy river ride, loads of waterfalls, a 19-hole miniature golf course and a games room.
Boomers -3100 Airport Road , Boca Raton . (561) 347-1888. Open 7 days a week including holidays. Attractions include batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, kiddy play land, laser tag, game room, rock wall, miniature golf and snack bar. This huge amusement park has something for everyone in the family.
Grassy Water Preserve - 8264 and 8537 Northlake Blvd. 804-4985 and 804-4980. A community based conservation center that offers unique education and recreational opportunities on the edge of a vast 20 square mile wetlands resource. The Preserve today features nature center pavilions, boardwalk trails, hiking, canoeing, environmental education, interpretive programs and more. A quiet stroll just around the corner.
A community based conservation center that offers unique education and recreational opportunities on the edge of a vast 20 square mile wetlands resource. The Preserve today features nature center pavilions, boardwalk trails, hiking, canoeing, environmental education, interpretive programs and more. A quiet stroll just around the corner.
Butterfly World - 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek. (954) 977-4400. Open Mon. – Sat. 9-5 and Sun. from 1-5. In and around a screened rainforest aviary are thousand of butterflies from around the world. Another aviary contains hummingbirds. You can actually watch butterflies emerge from their cocoons and even buy a butterfly attracting plant for your garden. Beautifully done and magical for children of all ages.
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum - Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach. 655-2832. Built in 1902 as a wedding gift to his third wife, it has been carefully restored with much of the original decorations and furniture. You can also tour “The Rambler”, Mr. Flagler’s personal railway car, completely restored to its 1886 condition. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-5 Sun. Noon-5.
South Florida Science Museum - 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. 832-1988. Open Mon. – Friday 10-5, Sat. 10-6 and Sun. noon-6pm. This is an outstanding facility with compelling exhibits that teach visitors about scientific phenomena. Children love the big, colorful fish in the aquariums. There is a Planetarium with laser light shows and an Observatory for star gazing. Open Tues.-Sun. 10AM-5PM and until 10PM on Friday evenings. Call 832-1348 for details.
Palm Beach Zoo - 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. 533-0887. Open daily 9-5. Tropical landscaped habitats are home to over 900 animals. Features include, petting area, carousel, primate island, interactive fountain for splashing (bring your swimsuit) and full service café.
Loggerhead Park on US1 in Juno has picnic facilities, a nature walk and best of all the Marinelife Center . 627-8280. The enthusiastic staff explains all about the work they do caring for turtles and conduct turtle walks during nesting season. There are several salt water aquariums, shell and other marine exhibits to see. Open Mon.-Sat. 10AM-4PM and Sun. noon-3PM.
John Prince Park – 2520 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. 966-6600. Over 700 acres of family fun including fishing, miniature golf, golf driving range, baseball batting cages, bicycle paths, several children’s play areas, nature trail and picnic pavilions.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park - 16450 S.E. Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound. 746-1466. Located on the Loxahatchee River, this is one of the largest parks in south Florida. You can enjoy fishing, boating (canoe and boat rentals), hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Be sure to take the ranger-guided, 2 hour wilderness tour to Trapper Nelson’s. Open year round 8AM until Sunset.
Roger Dean Stadium - 4751 Main Street, Jupiter. 775-1818. The baseball here is a glorious, good, old-fashioned day out right down to the peanuts, crackerjacks and hot dogs. The stadium is so convenient too. Just go straight down Central Avenue, through Abacoa’s main entrance, and then follow the signs. Every seat has a great view of the ballpark and you can get close enough to really see the players. Spring training season is held February and March where you can see both the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Minor league teams play April through August.
Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairground. 793-0333. A unique and fascinating collection of over 30 historic buildings and artifacts. Special fair days will have costumed re-enactors that depict the southern Florida lifestyle of days gone by, food, music and my favorite, kettle corn.
Sailfish Marina located on the tip of Singer Island, 842-7806, has charter boats, a restaurant, water taxi excursions and a sunset festival. This delightful, out of the way spot has small town charm. Fully narrated tours by water taxi (683-8294) are limited to 16 passengers or less and run on a regular basis. It’s fun to watch the big fish come off the charter boats, stroll through booths of crafts and watch the sun set at the weekly street fairs on Tuesday evenings.
Peanut Island This manmade island is in the Lake Worth/Palm Beach inlet just across the channel from the Sailfish Marina can only be reached by boat or water taxi. It has a dock, designated swimming area, snorkeling, showers, restrooms, picnic area and extensive sand bars to walk along. There is a small maritime museum and JFK’s nuclear bomb shelter. The water taxi runs at regular intervals so you won’t get marooned overnight!
Eco Island in Jupiter is located on Central Blvd. and Indian Creek Drive. New playground equipment and one tower of the unique fortress-like Imagination Station that kids adored has been incorporated. The park also has a small lake with a walking trail and loads of ducks to feed.
Museum of Discovery and Science at 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954 467-6637, is the kind of place you could spend the entire day, with or without children. Unusual exhibits include a real coral reef with sea creatures and tropical fish, a gravity free moon walk, simulated space flight and landing, a musical kaleidoscope you can conduct with a laser wand and a five story high screen in the IMAX theater. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-5 and Sunday 12-6.
Sloans on Clematis Street just west of Flagler Drive, 833-3335, in West Palm Beach is a charming, eclectic ice cream parlor with an endless variety of ice creams, cakes, chocolates and crepes. Assorted fun trinkets and wild decor make this a special treat for any age. Why not let the kids enjoy running in and out of the Centennial Fountain while you are there. Open Sunday through Wednesday 12-11 and Thursday through Saturday 12-12. Now at Downtown at the Gardens too.
The Elliot Museum on Northeast Ocean Blvd., in Stuart, has finally reopened after extensive and fabulous remodeling. Houses collections almost Smithsonian in scope and various visiting short term exhibitions but vintage cars are the major WOW! (772) 225-1961.
Jupiter Lanes at 305 Maplewood Drive, 743-9200, is ideal for family style entertainment . 60 bowling lanes, shoe rental, bumpers for kid friendly bowling, value pricing packages, darts, video arcade with prizes, Billard rooms, lounge, and food court dining. Perfect for fun out of the sun!
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course 2345 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach (547-0598 is a fabulous 18 hole executive golf course with incredible intracoastal and ocean views. Totally redone by Raymond Floyd in 2009 and voted #1 par 3 course in the US by Golf Digest for 2010. Think small Pebble Beach and you have the feeling. Great pricing, specials, carts and trolleys too. You can book tee times online for convenience.
Solid Waste Authority Tours (640-4000 ext 4327) Tours run for about 2 hours on the last two Mondays of the month. This is an unusual and yes, very interesting, look at garbage and recycling. Call for more information.
Riverbend Park Indiantown Road, just west of the FL turnpike (748-2028) is the perfect place to rent a canoe or kayak and spend a lazy day paddling down Florida’s only National and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee. Special guided tours along the park’s trails are also available.
Burns Road Community Center on Burns Road just east of Military Trail (630-1100) has a terrific new children’s playground area with loads of imaginative climbing, sliding, swinging apparatus for young children on artificial grass for extra safety. A fantasy water park for toddlers and non-swimmers has every conceivable water spout, sprinkler, splasher and slide all in water only 12 inches deep. A larger swimming pool has a tremendous water slide. Picnic areas, shaded loungers, changing rooms and even a snack bar add to fun.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary 2500 Jupiter Park Drive off Central Blvd.in Jupiter (575-3399) is a non-profit educational based care facility for injured animals with nature trails and wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals. A hands-on discovery center is educational and entertaining. Call for hours and programs.
Palm Beach County History Museum opened to the public in March 2008 within the historic 1916 Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach at 300 North Dixie Highway (832-4164). The restored building serves as the county-wide history museum enriches the lives of chidren and adults alike by making local history accessible, interesting and meaningful. The Museum contains two permanent and one rotating temporary exhibits.
Wandering Trails They are a laid back facility, taking time to care for their horses and their customers to ensure a relaxed environment for all. Guided trail rides are available by appointment only (one hour is $30 per person) and you may walk, jog, and lope the horses through 600 acres of secluded Florida landscape. They will choose a mount and vary the speed of the ride according to your ability. 5705 Hood Road, (561) 622-8130
Mounts Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden with over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants from six continents, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus and palms. 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, (561) 233-1757
McCarthy Animal Sanctuary located at 12943 61st St N, West Palm Beach, (561-790-2116) is an incredible, up close and personal experience with over 170 exotic, rescued animals many of them big cats! Reservations are required for the informative, hands on tour. Call for hours and programs.
Aerial Trapeze Academy located at 13087 40th St N, Royal Palm Beach, (561-345-3217) Run away to the circus and be home for dinner! This is an amazing chance to learn the trapeze in complete safety and with skilled, friendly training. In under 2 hours you will have fun and do incredible feats. Call for class schedule and more details.
Palm Beach Photographic Centre 415 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, (561-253-2600) is a visual arts organization dedicated to the enrichment of life through exhibitions, community programs, workshops and other educational activities that promote the arts of photography and digital imaging.
Palm Beach Segway Tours 330 Clematis Street, (561-283-8818). A “must do” Palm Beach adventure. Extremely fun, informative guides and anyone can do! Segways are self-balancing and the coolest ride around. 1 and 2 hour tours and minimum age is 14.
Manatee Lagoon – 6000 N Flagler Drive, (561-626-2833). An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a new, FREE Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon. On cold winter days, the facility’s observation deck is the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from FPL’s adjacent Clean Energy Center.
International Polo Club - Sunday Brunch – 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington (561-204-5687). Experience Sunday brunch on the Veranda of the finest polo facility in the nation. The Pavilion has become a magnet for those who are at the center of the polo social season. Come and enjoy a thrilling polo game, fabulous cuisine, entertainment, fashion, and world-class celebrities featured at the International Polo Club Palm Beach every Sunday during polo season January thru April.
Palm Beach Karting 17047 Beeline Highway, Jupiter, (561-578-5641) offers a variety of rental kart options, depending on your age and skill level. Each session consists of a 10-minute race, and utilizes the state-of-the-art Clubspeed timing and scoring system. They supply all the equipment including helmets, neck braces, and race jackets / suits.
Lighthouse Cove Mini Golf 617 N A1A, Jupiter, (561-203-7965) Enjoy 36 holes of mini golf with caves, waterfalls and tropical landscaping. Top off your golf with fabulous burgers, milkshakes, beer and wine. Open 10am-11am 7 days a week.
Jupiter Outdoor Center 1116 Love Street, Jupiter, (561-747-0063) Intimate tours offering up to 6 guests the opportunity to board a powerboat and see the amazing points of interest throughout Jupiter from the best perspective possible...being on the water!
Society of the Four Arts - 24 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, (561) 655-7226. A dynamic lineup of cultural programming, including notable speakers, concerts, films, educational programs, and art exhibitions. The campus is home to beautiful sculpture and botanical gardens, a library and children's library, and a state-of-the-art educational facility.