West Palm Beach in Florida is a fantastic city for those who enjoy museums, performing arts venues, a lively downtown, metropolitan wildlife habitats, lush botanical gardens, and unique restaurants.
For a family, West Palm Beach has a lot to offer.
Mount Botanical Garden contains almost 2,000 species of tropical plants originating from six continents. Set apart in separate garden themes, visitors can see exotic trees, a herb garden, butterflies, a tropical fruit garden, a palms garden, and a citrus garden. There are also flower gardens, including roses and begonias, and visitors can learn about a variety of species and the special care they require.
Visitors with children won’t want to miss McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers guided tours of the facilities they use to treat hundreds of native Floridian animals each year. Learn about the animal rescue process, ways to aid the local wildlife, and how vital the sanctuary is to rehabilitate orphaned or injured animals.
If the wildlife sanctuary doesn’t sate your love of animals, then the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society surely will. The vibrant tropical habitat spans 23 acres and houses almost 700 animal species. Including both local and exotic wildlife, the zoo hosts traveling educational programs in addition to its permanent exhibits, including a lizard house, an Australian exhibit that features a koala and a wallaby, the tiger and monkey habitat, and an exhibit of tropical animals such as anteaters, bush dogs, and Jaguars.
Another family-friendly option is the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. With an 8,000 gallons worth of salt and fresh water aquariums and a variety of local and exotic aquatic life on display, there is plenty to see. The museum also houses more than 50 exhibits where visitors can get hands-on experience while learning about the Everglade ecosystem. View a feature length film in the planetarium or try out one of the interactive exhibits.
Before leaving West Palm Beach, you have to check out Rapids Water Park. Ride the up-to-six-foot waves in the wave pool, chill out as you float on a tube down the quarter-mile-long lazy river, test your mettle on the thirty-five water slides, or take your toddler to the toddler-safe swimming area. No matter your age or size, you’ll find plenty of water-splashing fun at Rapids Water Park. They also offer changing rooms, showers, and when you get hungry, there’s a cafe for refreshments.
Regardless of your reason for visiting West Palm Beach, there’s no shortage of family-friendly fun!