If there is one travel destination on the east coast that never gets old it is definitely Palm Beach, Florida, and whether traveling on business or for pleasure, Andrew Rivkin always enjoys his visit. Palm Beach is perfect for any type of getaway and the community caters to business travelers, couples, families, tourists and partiers. The Palm Beaches experience an average annual temperature of 78 degrees and well over two hundred days of sunshine throughout the year, so it’s no secret that this is the place to go for a beach vacation. Before we jump into the best things to do in Palm Beach, a quick look at its history.
Palm Beach was established as a resort by Standard Oil Founder, Henry Morrison Flagler when he made the barrier island accessible by means of his Florida East Coast Railway late in the nineteenth century. Two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hotel and The Breakers Hotel, were built and Flagler himself helped create the trend of the “Palm Beach winter season” by entertaining year-round. The town was incorporated in April of 1911. This is one vacation spot that has definitely gotten better with age, and today the Palm Beaches consist of 38 cities and towns that make up Palm Beach County.
There are over twenty-seven family attractions located in and around Palm Beach, and things to do include historical tours, wildlife adventures, snorkeling, golf, family entertainment, performing arts, and of course soaking in the sun on the pristine beaches. Fish or dive in the Gulf Stream-warmed waters, take pleasure in the breathtaking beauty of the unique Florida ecosystem, golf on a world-class course, shop trendy downtown districts and absorb the energy of a vibrant nightlife. Here’s a list of things to do in Palm Beach, Florida:
- As an avid player and fan of the sport of polo, Rivkin would recommend a visit to the International Polo Club in Palm Beach to any fan of equestrian culture in particular and horses in general. Stop by for a showcase of the sport’s finest competitors and exciting polo matches where thousands of fans from around the world gather for Sunday Polo each week during the 2013 Polo Season at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The club is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country, and it’s a world-class polo club designed by and for polo players, fans and guests.
- Snorkeling and/or diving are a must when visiting one of America’s finest marine ecosystems. In addition to snorkeling or diving adventures, nature lovers can also visit the Palm Beach Zoo, the Florida Everglades, the Mounts Botanical Garden, or take a Lion Country Safari where interactive outdoor settings provide the opportunity to get up close with lions, giraffes, monkeys and reptiles. There are also daily narrated sightseeing Palm Beach tours, sunset tours, island tours and snorkel tours.
- Anytime we travel we always try to take in the area’s unique culture and heritage; Palm Beach has a rich history dating back to the Seminole Native Americans and the Spanish so we would definitely recommend educating yourself by visiting one of the area’s museums, guided tours or performing arts centers. The Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, the Palm Beach County History Museum and the Society of the Four Arts would be good starting points.
- For family friendly vacations there are Black Sparrow Pirate Adventures, Dolphin Swim Tours, the South Florida Science Museum and Rapids Water Park.
- Worth Avenue has been one of the hottest shopping destinations for over half a century, and visitors will also find casual & fine dining, an exciting nightlife, hotels and historic tours. The Worth Avenue experience is treasured by worldwide visitors, offering an opportunity to shop legendary international boutiques as well as unique specialty stores found only on the Avenue.
Palm Beach, Florida was founded over a hundred years ago as one of America’s premier travel destinations that flourishes more and more everyday. The renowned hotels, Mediterranean atmosphere, beautiful beaches, aesthetic architecture, world-class attractions, and one of a kind fine dining set this community apart from the rest, and today Palm Beach is one of the most sought-after places in the world to visit and live. Andrew Rivkin will use any excuse to make it to this gem in the Sunshine State, and he always looks forward to his next visit to Palm Beach!
For more information on travel and booking your next Palm Beach vacation visit PalmBeachFl.com, the official site of America’s first resort destination! You can also check out PalmBeachChamber.com for a 2013 calendar of events and other helpful resources.