18 Oct 12 Unique Things To Do In West Palm Beach
If you’ve ever been to South Florida, whether for business or pleasure, you probably associate it with beach life and retirement. While those two are staples of South Florida living, there is so much more to this beautiful area of the country than waves and snowbirds.
West Palm Beach is located on the northern end of a stretch of beach communities on the Atlantic coast, about 30 minutes north of Boca Raton, and an hour north of Ft. Lauderdale. It features beautiful weather, stunning beaches, and much, much more.
That much more is what we’re here to tell you about. If you’re planning a trip or a move to West Palm Beach, you’ll enjoy the warmth and sun, but here are 12 unique things to do in the city that might surprise you and give you even more reason to appreciate this beautiful area.
1. Diva Duck
Beginning at CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach, the Diva Duck boat tour is a fun, 75 minute look at the area that is great for all ages. It’s a narrated, musical adventure that’s as entertaining as it is informational.
As you drive through West Palm Beach, you’ll learn about the historic neighborhoods and the important landmarks, such as the Society of Four Arts and the Flagler Museum, and cross over to the Island of Palm Beach.
This Amphibious Tour doesn’t end as expected, though! You’ll finish your tour by driving directly into the Intracoastal Waterway for a boat ride. Kids will love this experience as much as adults, and learn a lot about the area while laughing along the way.
Tickets: Adults (15 and up) are $29, Youths (5-15) are $15, and children (5 and under) are $5.
2. Segway Tours
Another fun and unique way to tour the beautiful city of West Palm Beach is Segway Tours, ranked #1 on TripAdvisor as the best way to see the sights and learn about the area. Tour guides train you to use the self balancing Segways, and no experience is necessary! Once everyone in your group has a little training, off you go to see the city!
An experienced guide will take your group to see landmarks and sights, keeping everyone safe and entertained along the way. Everyone wears a headset so they can easily hear the guide as he/she leads the group and teaches them all about the area. This is a truly unique way to see the city, as well have a chance to ride a Segway, an adventure in and of itself!
Riders must be 14 or older to take this tour. The two hour tour is $75 per person.
3. Shuttle to Peanut Island
Peanut Island is a little known gem that’s only a 15 minute boat ride from the Riviera Beach Marina. This little man-made island is an 80 acre public park that offers boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and even camping.
The shuttle service to Peanut Island is where your adventure begins. You can bring all of your supplies for the day (beach chairs, coolers, towels, etc.), or even all of your camping equipment if you intend to camp. This service is pet friendly as well, meaning man’s best friend can come along for the adventure, too!
On the short boat trip to the island you might even catch a glimpse of sea turtles or manatees as you enjoy the relaxing ride.
Shuttle Services are available from 10:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays, and 9:30am to 6:00pm on weekends. The cost for service is $12 per person, and $20 per person for camping.
4. Meyer Amphitheater
The Meyer Amphitheater, located in the heart of West Palm Beach next to the Intracoastal Waterway, is a 10,000 square foot band shell. Throughout the year, exciting special events – such as Irish Fest and 4th on Flagler festivities – are hosted here. It’s also the regular location of concerts.
This spacious outdoor area includes a walking path, public restrooms, benches, picnic tables, and comfortable grass on which to sit during events. From the knoll you can look out onto the park or onto the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a beautiful, charming park, with an ever changing schedule of exciting events.
5. Clematis by Night
For 22 years the city of West Palm Beach has offered free weekly outdoor concerts on Thursday nights, known as Clematis by Night. North Clematis Street is located in the heart of historic downtown West Palm, and it’s the perfect place to experience the authentic local flavor, with performances by the best bands in the area and specials on food and drink.
The award winning event is a great place for happy hour, live music, and socializing. Locals can meet up after work for drinks and fun, and visitors can experience West Palm Beach in a fun, fresh way. This is the perfect way to end a workday or a day of sightseeing.
If you love music, Sunfest is the perfect time to visit West Palm Beach. A 5 day concert festival that features great live music, it’s a fun event that takes place in downtown West Palm Beach. Aside from great music, you can also:
- Run the Sunfest 5K along the West Palm Beach Waterfront.
- Check out the Art and Craft show, featuring unique, beautiful pieces by local vendors.
- Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show to close out the event.
Sunfest takes place in May, and tickets are available here.
7. Boat Show
If you love boats, you definitely won’t want to miss the West Palm Beach Boat Show. The Boat Show is part of the South Florida Fair in June and features 100,000 square feet of power boats up to 40 feet long.
You can check out everything from cruisers to pontoons to accessories, and insurance and financing are available on site if you’re looking to purchase. But even if you aren’t, this is a really fun event and is only $8 per adult, and kids get in free!
If you’re a local, or if you find yourself in West Palm Beach for Halloween, you definitely don’t want to miss MoonFest, the annual Halloween block party that attracts 70,000 visitors every year. It takes place on historic Clematis Street, and features fun events including:
- A costume contest with a prize of $1,000.
- Two concert stages with live music.
- Haunted houses and a “maze of terror that will test your nerves and survival skills.”
- A VIP Cemetery
- Food Trucks and Art Vendors
Tickets range from $5 to $75, depending on how spooked you want to be!
9. Irish Fest and St. Patrick’s Day on Clematis
Another fun holiday festival in West Palm Beach is Irish Fest, which takes place the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day. The festival takes place at the Meyer Amphitheater and includes Irish and Gaelic Music, authentic Irish cuisine, and much more.
On St. Patrick’s Day, head over to Clematis Street, where O’Shea’s Irish Pub shuts the street down and offers delicious food and festivities. Bars and tables are set up in the street, a beer truck is on site with Guiness flowing, and there’s even a kids area available.
10. FPL’s Manatee Lagoon
Manatee Lagoon is an FPL Eco-Discovery Center. It’s a free attraction in Palm Beach County which offers the chance to view manatees up close and learn all about this endangered species.
There are hands on exhibits that help visitors to learn the history of manatees, what makes these creatures so magnificent, and what’s being done to protect them. You’ll also learn about Lake Worth Lagoon, where these manatees reside.
There are observation decks where you can view manatees in their natural habitat, as well as a manatee webcam, a gift shop, and a picnicking area for visitors. If you’re looking for a free activity, this is a unique, educational option.
11. Palm Beach Zoo
If you love animals, Palm Beach offers a zoo and conservation society where you can see exciting species and learn all about them through animal experiences and educational programs. The zoo features animals from Florida, the Tropics, Asia, and Islands.
Looking to schedule a party or event? You can schedule catering and have your birthday party, wedding, or corporate event right in the zoo, a unique and fun way to celebrate an occasion!
Admission is $19.95 for adults, and $14.95 for children (toddlers and babies get in free).
12. Lion Country Safari
If you’ve ever wanted to go on a safari without flying all the way to Africa, look no farther than Palm Beach’s very own Lion Country Safari. This is Florida’s only drive-through Safari, an exciting adventure for all ages.
This Safari Park includes rides, encounters with animals, feeding experiences, a water splash playground, food, and shopping. The Safari features over 900 animals and provides an experience you won’t soon forget, right in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida.
Admission is $35 for Adults (ages 10 and up), and $26 for children.
As you can see, West Palm Beach offers unique experiences that go beyond the basic beach trip, and this exciting city is the perfect place to visit – or live – with year-round entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy.