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Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach

Once the home of Palm Beach residents' servants and oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler's workers, West Palm now acts as one of South Florida's premier cultural hubs. All sorts of museums and arts venues can be found here, including the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. And with stunning Intracoastal views and constant sunshine, it's hardly surprising that West Palm residents also enjoy being one with nature. Sites like Lion Country Safari, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary offer visitors a chance to see various animals, while tranquil settings like Mounts Botanical Garden and Okeeheelee Park connect travelers to West Palm's beautiful surroundings. West Palm boasts a buzzing nightlife and high-end retail scene, too, thanks to popular areas like Clematis Street and CityPlace.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Things to do in West Palm Beach
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    #1 in West Palm Beach
    Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    Tours, Zoos and Aquariums
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    Featuring more than 170 animals, including lions, tigers, panthers and lemurs, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal attraction for animal lovers. UnlikeLion Country Safariand thePalm Beach Zoo, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary affords visitors an up close view of various animals, as well as interactive opportunities with many of the property's smaller

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    Clematis Street
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    #2 in West Palm Beach
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Frequently cited as the historic heart of downtown West Palm, Clematis Street epitomizes the fun-loving atmosphere of the city. Beginning at the street's intersection with Flagler Drive near the Intracoastal Waterway, all sorts of bars, shops and restaurants await visitors. And on Thursday nights, the street's Centennial Square comes alive

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  • #3
    Lion Country Safari
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    #3 in West Palm Beach
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    Amusement Parks, Zoos and Aquariums
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    Just 21 miles inland from downtown West Palm Beach sits Lion Country Safari, the first cageless drive-thru zoo in the country. Although it's a bit of a drive, it's well worth the trip to see more than 900 animals walk freely around your car. All sorts of animals can be

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    Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
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    #4 in West Palm Beach
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    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    With roughly 4,200 seats spread throughout four venues (including an outdoor amphitheater), the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts isthespot in West Palm for the performing arts. The venue puts on approximately 550 gospel, jazz, classical and dance performances each year, including a variety of musicals and outdoor concerts. Notable

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    Norton Museum of Art
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    #5 in West Palm Beach
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    Museums
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    When businessman Ralph H. Norton retired from the steel industry, he created the Norton Museum of Art to hold his impressive art collection. Since its opening in 1941, the museum has been renovated and expanded so that it now houses more than 7,000 pieces. The museum's art is mostly separated

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    Okeeheelee Park
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    #6 in West Palm Beach
    Golf, Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    Golf, Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    Located 7 miles southwest of thePalm Beach Zoois Okeeheelee Park, where you'll find several miles of trails (on which you can walk, bike or run) across 90 acres of woods and wetlands. Trails aside, the park, which can be reached by car or the No. 46 Palm Tran bus, offers

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    CityPlace
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    #7 in West Palm Beach
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Like Clematis Street, CityPlace is a hub of nighttime activity in downtown West Palm Beach. But while the former has a boutique-like personality, this mega-commercial complex hosts a well-known assortment of shops – Macy's, Banana Republic and Sephora, to name a few. Taking the Cheesecake Factory approach (of course, there's

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    Golf
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    #8 in West Palm Beach
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    Golf
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    Home to more than 160 courses, including approximately 40 public greens, Palm Beach County boasts some of South Florida's best golf. In fact, according toGolf Digest, 11 of South Florida's top 35 courses are located here, many of which overlook the Atlantic Ocean, Clear Lake, the Intracoastal Waterway or Everglades wetlands. Plus,

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    Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County
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    #9 in West Palm Beach
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    Parks and Gardens
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    With 18 gardens and landscaped spaces that include everything from jacaranda trees and rose bushes to various herb plants and fruit trees, Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County offers all sorts of flora to explore. Themed areas include a butterfly garden, a Mediterranean garden and a tropical forest. There's

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    Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
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    #10 in West Palm Beach
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    It may not be as big and fancy as other zoos, but you'll still see plenty at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. Located within Dreher Park (about 4 miles southwest of downtown West Palm), the Palm Beach Zoo offers various animal exhibits, including multiple interactive experiences with koalas,

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