As I said in my last post, I hardly spent anytime at the beach when I was in Florida. One reason for this was the streak of torrential downpour they happened to have while I was visiting. At the time I was bummed, but ended up being grateful that it gave me the chance to discover many more activities than hanging outside in the sun. Here are some activities you should check out next time you’re in South Florida and need a break from the sun.
Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour
This culinary tour is a different way to explore the many cuisines the area has to offer. It’s led by a fun tour guide named Kristl, who amazed me with all the history she knew about the area. This tour is perfect no matter what the weather, as you’re never walking too far between restaurants. I had a Cuban mojito with mini ahi tuna tostadas, fresh coconut and tamarind juice, and my first real key-lime pie (delicious!). That’s only half the tour too. Come hungry, and be prepared to learn a whole lot more about Palm Beach.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
I know what you’re thinking, but the science museum is not just for kids. They currently have a huge dinosaur exhibit, which brought out my inner child. There were dinosaurs I had never heard about, and spent most of my time reading about where in the United States they were all found. While the museum isn’t big in size, the exhibits are interesting enough that they make up for it. There was also an exhibit explaining Florida’s ecosystem, which I knew nothing about. It’s a great way to spend part of your day.
This museum covers the history of how Palm Beach came to be, thanks to a man named Henry Flagler. He knew Florida had potential to bring tourists to its warm beaches, and decided to bring the railroad down to Palm Beach. He soon built hotels, streets, and even a water system. His idea worked, and tourists began flocking to the area. The house that the museum is in was Henry’s wedding gift to his third wife. It’s a beautiful mansion, and was the place you wanted to get invited to for a party back in the early 1900s. When it became a museum, they added on to it by adding a cafe and the original train car the Flagler family used during trips (complete with a shower, toilet, and kitchen – impressive for back in the day!). Allow a couple hours to go through the museum and read through each exhibit.
PGA Resort and Spa
You don’t have to love golf to be impressed by this massive resort. I was lucky enough to be treated to a toasted marshmallow massage (amazing), but you can still go on a budget. Walk around the pools outside, go inside to browse the many shops, and have a drink at one of the bars. If you do love golf, you’ll love looking at the sprawling, perfectly green golf courses. Play a round if you have time! You could easily spend a whole weekend here without leaving.
This trip was sponsored by Discover the Palm Beaches, but the opinions are my own as always.
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