Situated just west of Palm Beach along the Intracoastal Waterway, West Palm Beach is known for its superb climate, thriving arts and culture scene and charming historic neighborhoods.
For those who can't get to Africa to experience a true safari, there's West Palm's Lion Country Safari. Here, visitors can see more than 900 animals as they drive through 4 miles of land.
More than 70 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues await visitors at downtown's CityPlace complex, which sits just a few blocks away from the Kravis Center and Clematis Street.
Throughout Palm Beach County, visitors can find some of South Florida's best diving. Just 2 miles offshore in neighboring Palm Beach, two reef systems attract multiple sea turtle species, while in Jupiter, divers will find multiple wreck sites and an abundance of sharks.
For a bit of shade and stunning scenery, head to a park along the Intracoastal Waterway, where you'll find towering banyan trees and views of the surrounding cityscape.
While Lion Country Safari offers visitors a unique drive-thru animal experience, travelers looking for a traditional zoo cannot miss a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo, which houses more than 700 animals.
For beautiful views of a West Palm sunset, take to the water in a boat.
West Palm's ritzy neighbor is known for its glamorous homes and famous residents. One such establishment is The Breakers. Built by oil magnate Henry Flagler in the late 1800s, Palm Beach's Breakers hotel remains one of the city's most exclusive properties.
Home to popular seasonal activities like SunFest, Sandi Land and the West Palm Beach Green Market and a variety of bars, shops and restaurants, Clematis Street is one of downtown West Palm's most popular areas.
Though West Palm does not have any beaches of its own, several are located in the adjacent cities of Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, including R. G. Kreusler Park and Ocean Reef Park.
Whether you're a lover of art or just want to beat the heat for a few hours, Mango Promenade's Norton Museum of Art offers a wide variety of paintings, sculptures and photos to browse.
Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art
While much of the region's outdoor activities revolve around the water, another popular pasttime is golf (West Palm Beach ranks as one of the world's Best Golf Destinations). More than 40 golf courses are open to the public throughout Palm Beach County. Even the PGA Tour's Honda Classic is held here annually.
All kinds of shows are performed at the Kravis Center each year, making it West Palm's premier venue for the performing arts.
No matter what side of the Intracoastal Waterway you're on, prepare to be wowed by stunning sea vistas. On the West Palm side, you'll see various Palm Beach homes and golf courses, while across the water, visitors can enjoy views of the West Palm skyline.
Throughout West Palm's Intracoastal Waterway lie hundreds of endangered Florida manatees. To safely view these large yet slow creatures by boat, be sure to travel at a reduced speed in no wake zones.
Outdoor lovers will love Okeeheelee Park's array of activities, which include everything from canoeing to mountain biking.
In the adjacent city of Palm Beach, travelers can visit the Flagler Museum. This Beaux-Arts structure, which once served as the home of oil magnate Henry Flagler, now sits as a National Historic Landmark and museum.
This popular event – which takes place every spring – draws in nearly 200,000 visitors each year, making it Florida's largest waterfront music and art festival.
Though Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo offer comparable animal experiences, visitors rave about McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary, citing its rehabilitation strategy and well-maintained facilities as major draws.
McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
Travelers looking to take a break from downtown's nightlife and shopping scenes should consider stopping at Mounts Botanical Garden. Located near the airport, this lush setting features 18 gardens, including one with a gazebo and another with native Florida plants.