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Top 10 Activities at West Palm Beach Florida

  1. See big cats at the Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Judy with Charlie the Cheetah

Panther Ridge Conservation Center is a protected area for big cats. They wander freely in habitats resembling those in Africa. Some of them live in cages that are much bigger than the ones you see in zoos. Some of them even have their own pools with toys inside them! Panther Ridge Conservation Center was created by Judy Berens, who is still in charge of running it. She founded it back in the 90’s with the aim of creating a refuge for big cats like cheetahs, jaguars, panthers and clouded leopards. There are also other cats like ocelots and mountain lions. While you are exploring Panther Ridge, you can see Judy going inside their cages and cuddling them!

 

  1. Walk down Worth Avenue
Worth Avenue

Worth Avenue is to West Palm Beach what Times Square is to New York. The locals are extremely proud of the area. The big advantage of Worth Avenue is that you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy yourself. You can simply walk down the swanky street and have a good time. You will find some of the most fashionable shops here, such as Louis Vitton and Brioni. There are also a few shops selling antiques. The street is also home to world class jewelers like Cartier. If you are a book lover, then you can browse some rare classics at ‘Raptis Rare Books’. Along with all this, there are some art galleries as well.

 

  1. Meet Mia the Manatee at Manatee Lagoon
Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon is the best place for getting up close with these sea creatures. Florida is home to almost 6000 manatees, more than any other place in America. Manatees are known as gentle creatures who love humans. If they see you nearby, they will swim right up to you. Manatees are even known to ask for belly scratches. Unfortunately, these gentle giants have been endangered for years now. However, now they are making a comeback. The Manatee Lagoon features several observation areas, a manatee webcam, imaginative exhibits and an outdoor deck. The most famous manatee is Mia, who is a great attraction for the whole family.

 

  1. Buy a classic car at the Ragtops Automobile Museum
Ragtops Museum

Ragtops Automobile Museum can be easily described as a tribute to American cars. It is home to both fantasy and classic specimens which have traversed American roads in the past. Some of the cars are even available for you to buy! Your purchases might include a 1947 Deluxe Woody Wagon or a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette. While the first one has sides made of wood, the second one is jet black in color with tan colored interiors. Care for a test drive?

 

  1. Discover primeval Florida at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is located about ten miles from West Palm Beach and is a place of primeval excitement. The refuge is home to hundreds of plants and animals. Some of these flora and fauna are endemic to the Florida everglades. You can see endangered species of animals like the wood stork and snail kite. The refuge is also home to the king of reptiles, the American alligator. Elevated boardwalks are available for taking walks through the tropical landscapes and mangroves.

 

  1. Enjoy screaming at the Rapids Water Park
Rapids Water Park

The Rapids Water Park is located at Riviera Beach, which is a small town in south Florida. Located just north of West Palm Beach, it has been a landmark since the 1980’s. The park is the ideal place for having a great time with kids. Experience rides such as ‘Brain Drain’ or ‘Big Thunder.’ Then there is ‘Pirates Plunge,’ which is a set of full-speed enclosed body slides. There are two slides and both of them drop to as much as seven stories down. Be prepared for a full day of screaming and fun!

 

  1. Take a walk down Atlantic Avenue at Delray Beach
Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach is a small town located 15 miles from West Palm Beach. Atlantic Avenue is located in the downtown area of this neighborhood. Today, the whole stretch stands as one of the finest examples of renewing  a downtown. It is one of the most beautiful streets in Florida and is lined with wonderful boutiques and shops. There are also dozens of cafes and restaurants which serve everything from sushi to chocolate. There are also a few galleries and cozy ice-cream parlors.

 

  1. Feel like a king at the International Polo Club
International Polo Club

Polo may be a king’s sport, but you don’t need to be one to play it! However, you might just feel like one while you are playing at the Polo Club Palm Beach. If you don’t want to play, you can sit and watch some of the greatest players in action. The Club is home to a large number of Polo Teams and hosts some of the most prestigious tournaments in America. The lush grounds and the horsemanship only add to the thrill of the game.

 

  1. Have a great time at the CityPlace
CityPlace

CityPlace is a city center and is one of the biggest attractions in Florida. You can spend the whole day there and still you would have a lot more places to explore. At CityPlace, you can enjoy dining, live music, shopping and entertainment. There are plenty of shops selling gifts, jewelry and clothes. A large variety of cuisines such as Japanese, Mexican and Southwestern are available here. Then there are various cheese shops and gourmet shops. Finish your gastronomical journey with creamy frozen yogurt or ice cream.

 

  1. Visit the superior Flagler Museum
Flagler Museum

Flagler Museum is a museum like no other. The museum is housed in a grand mansion which is an attraction in itself. It boasts of 22 bathrooms and has a central heating system. Wander through the grand halls and the parlors and gape at the beautiful interiors. It is a museum for all ages and is home to numerous works of art and sculpture.

Originally posted 2017-06-07 07:10:03.

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