You may think of Palm Beach as a playground for the sophisticated adult or the beach-goer who wants to spend all day sipping cocktails by the water. Surprise, surprise – Palm Beach has a lot to offer families too, and at a variety of price points that make this a kid-friendly city. Here is our list of 15 fun activities to do with kids in Palm Beach.
1. Okeeheelee Park
We’ll start with the unstructured, free options. Take a walk through the Okeeheelee trails to wind your way through forests and wetlands, rich with wildlife and opportunities for fishing, paddle boating, and even golf. Let the kids lead the way!
Every second Friday, family-friendly movies are screened at Flagler Drive’s “Big Green” in West Palm Beach. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and blankets to settle in for a night of community fun under the open skies.
3. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Are your kids fascinated by giant sculptures? Then bring them to tour the gardens, dotted with art by famous Palm Beach artist Ann Norton. The facility even hosts classes for children in a variety of mediums if you’d like to stay awhile.
4. Mounts Botanical Garden
Admission is free to tour the oldest public gardens in the area, and you can wow the kids with plants from all over the world. A fruit garden, the butterfly gardens, and a host of educational opportunities to stoke the curiosity of any budding botanist.
For some quiet indoor time, visit the library. Housed within a larger organization dedicated to the arts, the kids can listen to story time, explore the special exhibits, or take a break to go outside and walk the botanical gardens.
Near Riviera Beach, this 80-acre island was once the site of JFK’s secret bunker. The clear waters make it a great destination for snorkeling, with paths around the island for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Guided tours are available near and around Peanut Island, with a variety of fun things to do on Palm Beach’s seashore.
If your children are a little older, they may enjoy a water adventure by Standup Paddleboard or kayak. Get a lesson and go on a tour with this or many other companies in Palm Beach that offer options accessible to the whole family.
It wouldn’t be Florida without a visit to the manatees. A dedicated viewing area allows the family up-close access to these majestic creatures without setting foot on a boat. The manatees are wild, meaning there are no captive animals on site — but on the off chance they aren’t around, the center offers educational programming and events every week.
Shakespeare by the Sea
From July 6-16, The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival will perform an under-the-stars production of Shakespeare’s early comedy, Love’s Labor Lost for their 2017 season at Seabreeze Amphitheater in Carlin Park. Bring your chairs and blankets, your picnic dinner, and even a bottle of wine to settle in for this professional production.
Clematis by the Sea
Join the West Palm Beach community for a weekly family-focused music series on the waterfront every Thursday night from 6-9pm, free and open to all.
Let your child will be a chocolatier for the day! At this day camp, your kids will learn how to hand dip chocolate creations and all about the history of chocolate! The best part is packaging their chocolate creations and taking it home!
Diva Duck Amphibious Tour
Tour West Palm Beach by land and by the sea in these entertaining vehicles. A tour guide will give you and the kids a captivating tour through the city with a mix of history, culture, and adventure.
West Palm Beach Green Market
Get the kids involved with your food and pick out something for dinner at the Green Market. With everything from farm produce to local meats and cheeses, you can peruse all the best that Florida’s farmers and artisans have to offer.
Calypso Bay Waterpark
When the temperatures climb and the kids need to cool down, take the 8-mile drive to the water park. With lilypads, a river ride, a water playground and a few slides, it’s a relaxing place for the entire family to escape the heat.
This sanctuary goes beyond the zoo to offer rehabilitation to Florida native animals. Participate in one of the educational programs and view deer, bears, cougars, eagles, snakes, and even an opportunity to watch Crocodile feeding time.
Don’t forget, Palm Beach has lots to offer when it comes to art and culture too. Moving to Florida? Be prepared with our list of things you need to know, then let us help you hire the best nationwide movers to help you get the job done seamlessly.