40+ Things to Do in Palm Beach

40+ Things to Do in Palm Beach
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Take a ride at SoulCycle at the Royal Poinciana Plaza.

Have breakfast at Green’s Pharmacy.

A Palm Beach staple, Green’s is a pharmacy and luncheonette that has been delighting customers since 1938. President John F. Kennedy reportedly took his breakfasts at the 82-seat diner when he was in town, and the vibe hasn’t changed much from those days. Visitors can drop off a prescription and then savor a milkshake or an egg cream while they wait. For a true Palm Beach experience, don’t miss Green’s.

151 North County Road, Palm Beach

Head to brunch with a backdrop of polo.

If it’s Sunday, it’s time to meet the ponies. The high-goal polo season runs from January through the end of April at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Matches take place and brunch is served every Sunday. Dress to impress, pop some champagne, and stomp some divots. For more sporting activity in the area, consider attending the Ultimate Week of Sports from February 19 to 26. In addition to polo, the six-day series of events includes PGA golf, professional tennis, and Major League Baseball.

3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington

Visit the Norman Foster-designed Norton Museum Sculpture Garden.

In 2019, the Norton Museum of Art tapped architect Lord Norman Foster to create the feeling of a museum in a garden by transforming a 20,000-square-foot parking lot into 37,000 square feet of lush subtropical gardens. The gardens include picnic areas and “garden rooms,” and outdoor sculpture installations by artists such as Keith Haring, Antony Gormley, Jenny Holzer, Franz West, Fernand Léger, Paul Manship, Ugo Rondinone, and Joel Shapiro are featured throughout the grounds.

1450 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

See a show at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

The Kravis Center has hosted the top performing arts acts (like Patti LaBelle, shown here, and the Palm Beach Symphony) since it opened in 1992. This season, the “Kravis on Broadway” series brings seven Broadway shows—Come From Away, Cats, An Officer and a Gentleman, Anastasia, My Fair Lady, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical—to the theater.

701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Find some new linens at Kassatly’s.

Opened in 1923, Kassatly’s is the oldest shop on Worth Avenue. The store offers imported and domestic linens, designer lingerie, sweaters, and menswear. Visiting is like taking a step back in time to a bygone era of Palm Beach. Today, the founding couple’s sons, Edward and Robert Kassatly, carry on the commitment to quality fabric and service that their parents established.

250 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

Dine at Swifty’s at the Colony Hotel—and try your hand at trivia.

Take in the tranquility of the koi pond at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church.

The Palm Beach Daily News (known to locals as the “Shiny Sheet” because of the bright white paper it’s printed on) calls the koi pond at Bethesda-by-the-Sea “a respite from cares of the world.” It’s tucked away in the garden of South Florida’s oldest Episcopal Church and filled with the tiny tangerine koi, who provide a sense of calm and serenity.

141 South County Road, Palm Beach

Golf on the world-class Par 3 course.

Put yourself in Henry Morrison Flagler’s shoes at The Breakers.

Originally built in 1896 by railroad tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler, the Breakers is an epicenter of old-world Palm Beach. The 140-acre oceanfront resort’s restaurants and beach club are the place to be during the high season between Christmas and New Year’s. The cocktail bar HMF, named for Flagler, features a glamorous atmosphere for sipping a craft cocktail or choosing from one of more than 2,000 wine selections.

1 South County Road, Palm Beach

Indulge in delicious wood-fired fare at Buccan.

James Beard Award Nominee Clay Conley has been serving some of the tastiest food in Palm Beach since his restaurant Buccan opened in 2010. Named after the wooden grill used to cook food over an open fire in the Caribbean, the restaurant has had fashionable crowds clamoring for tables for more than a decade. In 2020, restaurant’s owners launched Buccan Provisions, a 501(c)(3) focused on supporting food-insecure South Floridians in the wake of the pandemic. The organization continues today, standing ready to provide emergency food relief through high-volume production meal distribution, community anti-hunger partnerships, and holiday-specific distribution operations.

350 South County Road, Palm Beach

See world-class show jumping at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

About 15 miles west of Palm Beach, Wellington is now considered America’s top equestrian destination from January through April. That’s because the world’s top show jumpers like Jessica Springsteen and Georgina Bloomberg traditionally make it their home base for the 13 weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival. All events are open to the public, and each show week begins on Wednesday and ends on Sunday, with major competitions taking place in the International Arena daily and on Saturday nights. General admission is free every day—the only fee for parking is $20 on Saturday nights.

3400 Equestrian Club Drive, Wellington

Pick up food at Amici Market.

This family-owned market is a favorite of locals and visitors alike thanks to its high quality and the warm hospitality of its staff. The take-out menu features sandwiches, salads, and other hearty fare perfect to take to the beach. There’s also a juice bar with offerings like the Tradewind, made with orange, beet, apple, carrot, and lemon juice.

155 North County Road, Palm Beach

Explore JFK’s presidential bunker on Peanut Island.

Take a water taxi or powerboat out to this 80-acre county park, which features the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, a former Coast Guard station and President John F. Kennedy’s presidential bunker. Bring a swimsuit because the surrounding waters offer top-notch snorkeling.

Intracoastal waterway, near the Lake Worth Inlet, Riviera Beach

Have a meal by one of the world’s top chefs at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

Chef Mauro Colagreco received three Michelin stars and the number-one ranking on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for his restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. Colegreco brings his globally inspired cuisine to the Florie’s at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, where he appointed his protégé, Italian native Chef Nino La Spina, to execute the menu as chef de cuisine. La Spina comes to Palm Beach by way of GrandCoeur in Paris, another of Colagreco’s restaurants in France, where he most recently served as head chef. Stop in for dinner, which includes seasonal menu items, or indulge in Sunday Brunch.

2800 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach

Plan your next dinner party at Mary Mahoney.

Palm Beach hosts and hostesses swear by Mary Mahoney. The tabletop emporium sells gorgeous porcelain plates from brands like Alberto Pinto (shown here) and Richard Ginori and fine embroidered linens from Julia B. and Kim Seybert.

336 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

Dance the night away at Cucina.

For a late-night scene, Cucina is the place to be. After dinner, the Italian restaurant morphs into a hip nightclub with DJs and bottle service (complete with celebratory sparklers) until 2 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday.

257 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach

Stock up at Amanda Lindroth.

Interior designer Amanda Lindroth has been decorating Palm Beach’s most stylish homes for decades. In 2015, she extended her signature coastal elegance to a shop that sells gifts (like block printed napkins, bamboo flatware, and wicker trays) and her famous basket bags. Lindroth’s hand-painted monogram grass totes and basket bags (inspired by the one Jane Birkin famously carried) are must-have accessories in Palm Beach.

312 South Country Road, Palm Beach

Get inspired by attending a program at the Society of the Four Arts.

Founded in 1936, the Society of the Four Arts is one of Palm Beach’s oldest and most beloved cultural destinations. Its 10-acre campus along the Intracoastal Waterway includes a performance hall, an art gallery, an education center devoted to lifelong learning, a library, a children’s library, and sculpture gardens. From November through April, the non-profit offers hundreds of events, like concerts, art exhibits, workshops, films, and children’s programs. The full lineup is available here.

100 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach

Find new notecards at Il Papiro.

The only remaining American outpost of Florentine paper store Il Papiro still standing is on Worth Avenue (the Upper East Side location closed in 2015). Here, you’ll find stationery, place cards, and notebooks made with classic old-world inks and techniques.

347 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

See sea turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Animal lovers will adore Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a non-profit scientific destination focused on education, conservation, research, and rehabilitation of threatened and endangered sea turtles. LMC’s Hospital team cared for 83 sea turtles and 704 hatchlings in 2021. This year, the facility will expand with One Ocean Hall, which will house a 975-gallon moon jellyfish exhibit and a state-of-the-art digital coral reef exhibit. A new outdoor hospital will also double the space for sea turtle patients in need of care and rehabilitation.

14200 US-1, Juno Beach

Pick up some produce at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

With 100 vendors, the GreenMarket, now celebrating its 27th season, is the largest it has ever been. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. nearly every Sunday (check the website for the most up-to-date information) and free parking is available in the City of West Palm Beach-managed Evernia and City Center garages until noon.

100 North Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Explore the galleries of the Norton Museum of Art.

The sculpture gardens aren’t the only impressive part of the Norton Museum. The art museum, which industrialist Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton founded in 1941, is now the largest museum in Florida. Its collection of more than 8,200 works in five curatorial departments: European, American, Chinese, Contemporary, and Photography. A recent exhibition, “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” (shown here), featured more than 150 paintings and works on paper.

1450 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Celebrate for a good cause.

The Palm Beach charity circuit is a behemoth of both fundraising and partying. One of the top galas is the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s Dinner Dance, which celebrates the island’s unique architecture and natural beauty. When it takes place on March 4, 2022, the event will mark its 40th anniversary.

Bradley Park, 100 Bradley Place, Palm Beach

Get ready to surf at Palm Beach Boys Club.

An island institution, Palm Beach Boys Club has been offering surf and paddleboard rentals and lessons for nearly three decades. Owner Rick Wentley is the go-to source for anything surf-related, and the shop offers delivery and pick-up of its boards. Don’t miss the Grateful Dead items for sale too.

307 South County Road, Palm Beach

Have a meal cooked by Tiger Woods’s former chef.

Matthew Byrne spent years as Tiger Woods’s personal chef before opening Kitchen, an American bistro in West Palm Beach. Tiger’s loss is the Palm Beach community’s gain—Byrne’s food is top-notch. Whatever you end up ordering, save room for the coconut cake for dessert.

319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

See Palm Beach from the sky.

Palm Beach Helicopters offers three options for helicopter tours of the island, which range from $50 to $225 per person. On the high end, the 30-minute flight includes views of Mar-a-Lago, Worth Avenue, the former Kennedy Estate, Peanut Island, the Port of Palm Beach, and downtown West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Airpark, 2633 Lantana Road, Lake Worth

Go shopping (or people-watching) at an art fair and a boat show.

In 2022, the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair (PBM+C), will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from March 24 to 27. A VIP Preview on Thursday, March 24 will benefit the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The fair coincides with the Palm Beach International Boat Show, which will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories including superyachts close to 200 feet in length.

650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach (Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair)

101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach (Palm Beach International Boat Show)

Stroll along Worth Avenue.

With approximately 250 upscale shops including Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, and local favorite Trillion, Worth Avenue is a luxury shopping paradise. It’s named for Col. William J. Worth, who commanded Army troops during the Second Seminole War in Florida.

Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

Visit the Flagler Museum.

Whitehall, the 75-room Gilded Age mansion that Standard Oil co-founder Henry Morrison Flagler built as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan, is now open to the public as the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. When it was finished in 1902, the New York Herald wrote that the estate was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Carrère and Hastings, the architectural firm known especially for the New York Public Library, designed the 60,000-square-foot mansion. Today visitors can tour the home and Flagler’s private railcar, Railcar No. 91. The museum is also the site of the exclusive Coconuts New Year’s Eve bash.

1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach

Explore Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach.

This lively neighborhood is the center of Downtown West Palm Beach, which began as the main thoroughfare of the city in the early 20th century by connecting the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Today, it’s full of fun restaurants and bars. A luxury hotel, The Ben (part of the Mariott Autograph Collection), opened one block north in 2020.

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Go for a walk along the beach.

Given all there is to do in the Palm Beach area, it’s easy to forget that the region has some beautiful beaches worth visiting. Try Municipal Beach, which is located near the Atlantic Ocean end of Worth Avenue—just past the iconic clock tower.

Bike along the Lake Trail.

Running along the western edge of Palm Beach for five-and-half miles is the Lake Trail. Rent a bike from Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop and then head up north to where the trail ends just past the Sailfish Club. For a guided bike tour, book with Island Living Tours. Longtime Palm Beach resident Leslie Diver has been offering tours of the island for more than 15 years, and she has the stories to prove it.

50 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach (Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop)

Select some jewels in Palm Beach’s most Instagram-worthy lobby.

In early 2021, the Colony unveiled the Kemble Interiors redesign of its iconic lobby featuring a custom de Gournay wallpaper. The design was inspired by a vintage postcard discovered by the hotel’s owner, Sarah Wetenhall, with an image of the lobby’s original mid-century mural. Also new to the space are stylish glass vitrines featuring jewels by local designer Irene Lummertz, whose studio offering them for sale is just a short walk away.

155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach (Colony Hotel)

256 Worth Avenue, Suite 311 (Irene Lummertz)

Go thrifting at the Church Mouse.

The Church Mouse is a must-visit for stylish Palm Beachers, including Celerie Kemble and Aerin Lauder. It’s been in business since 1972, and everything in the 4,500-square-foot thrift store is donated by the island’s chic locals. All sales benefit the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea.

74 South County Road, Palm Beach

Find some treasures along Antique Row.

One of America’s best resources for antiques is West Palm Beach’s Antiques Row, a collection of about 40 shops offering a selection of 17th- to 20th-century antiques, decorative arts, and furnishings—all of which are within walking distance of one another. Cedric DuPont Antiques, which sells 17th- to 19th-century French, Italian, and Continental Antique furniture and accessories in a two-story 20,000-square-foot gallery, is shown here. Estate sale lovers will also want to check out Kofski Estate Sales, which maintains a retail facility in the Antique Row district at 3709 South Dixie Highway.

Antique Row, West Palm Beach

Grab some gelato at Sant Ambroeus.

Milanese restaurant Sant Ambroeus, which first opened in New York City, features superb dishes like veal Milanese in stylish surroundings. The Palm Beach outpost in the Royal Poinciana Plaza is a go-to spot for social fixture Aerin Lauder, who designed the lighting for the space and has a boutique on Via Mizner. Palm Beach Illustrated recommends requesting Table 41, which offers the best perspective in the house. Even if you’re not having a full meal, the rich, creamy gelato is worth a visit alone.

340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach

Learn about local history at the Palm Beach County History Museum.

Located in the historic 1916 Courthouse in West Palm Beach, the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum offers a look at how Palm Beach became the destination it is today. The permanent collection boasts millions of objects and images, and the current exhibits showcase the cultural legacy of Palm Beach County. The museum also has a research department that stands ready to assist with research projects by appointment.

300 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Go jewelry shopping at Mish’s new studio.

In December 2021, jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski moved his studio from Bond Street in New York City to stunning space in Palm Beach that he designed with his husband and business partner, architect Joseph Singer, and interior designer Katie Ridder. “The light and bright colors in Palm Beach make my heart sing,” Tworkowski told Elle Decor. The vibrancy of the environment clearly inspires the jeweler’s bright, whimsical designs. It took him three years to find the right space—a 2,000-square-foot storefront in a 1924 pink stucco building designed by Addison Mizner that was formerly a Bonwit Teller department store.

244 South County Road (Entrance via Phipps Plaza Loggia), Palm Beach

Sidle up to Café Boulud’s white onyx bar.

Celebrated chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Café Boulud Palm Beach, will celebrate 20 years at the Brazilian Court in 2023. Executive Chef Dieter Samijn took the helm last season after making the move from New York City’s Bar Boulud. Samijn’s Belgian background influences some of the more traditional dishes, which incorporate local ingredients like fresh seafood and produce. The stunning onyx bar is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail.

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach

Get up close and personal with the animals at the Palm Beach Zoo.

More than 500 animals live within the 23 acres of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society, which opened in a small red barn in 1957 and whose mission is “to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world.” In summer 2022, the zoo will open the Candace S. & William Hamm III Education and Conservation Center, which will house the zoo’s Florida panther and Western cougar, Sassy and Micco.

1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Have an award-winning cocktail at La Goulue.

The Palm Beach outpost of the Upper East Saint institution La Goulue opened in 2020, and locals immediately took to the French bistro serving delectable dishes like Scallops Saint-Jacques Rôties à la Plancha (shown here). If you like cocktails, ask bartender Jente “Goose” Gees at the bar to make you something special—he recently won a whiskey sour competition organized by Jack Daniel’s.

288 South County Road, Palm Beach

Walk the Vias.

The “vias” along Worth Avenue are not to be missed. Via Mizner, for example, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It leads to hidden gems like Pizza Al Fresco and Via Coquina, which offers home decor items and Canfora sandals inspired by the ones Jackie Kennedy wore during her trips to Capri.

14 Via Mizner (Pizza Al Fresco)

32 Via Mizner (Via Coquina)

Dress for dinner at Le Bilboquet.

Arguably, the hottest reservation in Palm Beach at the moment is a table at Le Biblouquet on Worth Avenue, where the courtyard fills up soon after the restaurant opens at noon each day. For the best shot of snagging a walk-in reservation and sampling the famous Cajun chicken, follow the restaurant’s suggestion and dress to impress. A note on the website states: “No beach attire, including—but not limited to—flip-flops (or similar ‘beach’ shoes), inappropriate shorts, cover-ups, swim trunks, and bathing suits. We don’t have ball fields, courts, or courses inside, so we’d appreciate it if you leave behind the sports caps, sweatshirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and team shirts/uniforms. (Unless you’ve just won the Super Bowl!)”

245a Worth Ave, Palm Beach

Get your picture taken by Nick Mele.

Nick Mele, who splits his time between Newport and Palm Beach, has been called a modern-day Slim Aarons. Mele is the photographer to see and be seen by at your next Palm Beach event.

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