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From Glamour to Gators: Five Things to See in West Palm Beach

Whether you’re a native Floridian or a prospective one, there’s always something new to discover in the wonderful city of West Palm Beach. Settled in 1894, West Palm Beach is sitting pretty at 126 years old with a history to match. Here’s a list of the top five things to see and do in the 561.

Number 5: Airboat Rides of West Palm Beach

Few animals are as synonymous to their environment as alligators are to Florida. Although Florida isn’t technically where most gators are in the US, we certainly have enough of them to equate one with the other! Starting our list off at Number 5 is Airboat Rides of West Palm Beach. This is a uniquely Floridian excursion which takes a lucky bunch of folks out into the Everglades on an airboat ride. Airboats, for those unaware, are big pontoons with giant fans attached to the rear that offer a solution to navigating the thickets of sawgrass one may encounter out in the river of grass.

Airboat tours are a great way to familiarize oneself with the flora and fauna of West Palm Beach while also getting a daily dose of vitamin D. It’s the perfect activity for those looking to experience the majesty of Florida in a unique and hands-on way. A bit like a time machine, I’d say.


Number 4: Manatee Lagoon

Okay, so maybe manatees are more synonymous with Floridian fauna than alligators but if manatees are the queens of Florida, then alligators are certainly the kings. Manatee Lagoon is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and preserving our wildlife for generations to come, and they’ve done a great job at it.

An excellent venue for children and adults alike, come out and enjoy one of their recurring events like manatee lectures, tours of the lagoon, and even a yoga class or two overlooking the water. This magical place is sure to make one feel right at home.


Number 3: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Modern art is often open to interpretation, but anyone would surely agree that seeing art in person (regardless of what one thinks of it) is an experience like no other. The breathtaking gardens at the Norton House makes this site one worth noting.

Visitors pull up to this quaint and unassuming home only to discover that it is full of works of sculptural art by the late and great sculptor Ms. Ann Norton. Containing over 250 species of rare palms, this property sits quietly on two (2) acres of land. A trip to Ann’s garden is certainly worth the visit.


Number 2: Rosemary Square

For those with more of a capitalistic endeavor in mind, enjoy the riches of Rosemary Square. Known for its stunning architecture and display of palms, this outdoor shopping/entertainment mall is unlike the standard strip malls we are all used to frequenting. From shopping to entertainment to food and art, Rosemary Square is sure to impress.

Be sure to check out their website for upcoming events and more details about who they are and what they have to offer.


Number 1: The Flagler Museum

Topping our list at Number 1 is the fabled Flagler Museum. This venue was once the home of Henry Flagler, a very influential man in the development of West Palm Beach, but also Palm Beach as a county. This beautiful estate stands firmly against a staunch blue sky, sticking out like a sore thumb from the Gilded Age. Absolutely stunning.

I would be remiss to have excluded Mr. Flagler’s estate from this list as his influence and efforts allowed for everything else in this list to exist. Without Henry Flagler, West Palm Beach would not be the sprawling metropolitan area it is today. When in the palm beaches, be sure to pay a visit to this gorgeous estate.


A visit to the palm beaches is sure inspire many ideas, and the folks at are here to entertain them for you. Come for the sights, and stay for the lifestyle. Check out some homes for sale while you’re at it. See you soon!

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Heather Hernandez

Heather is a freelance writer at She specializes in health and wellness, plant care, historical pieces, and more. What she doesn't know, she learns. Heather is committed to creating quality content for both businesses and individuals. In her free time, Heather enjoys yoga, photography, and bicycling.

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