Palm Beach, Florida is a place known for its decadence. For many years the city has been a playground for the rich and famous. This premier jet set destination is a short train ride from Miami-but feels like a world away. We have found some tantalizing secret places to see and things to do in this posh city. Read on to plan your trip to discover these hidden gems in Palm Beach this winter.
Hidden Gems in Palm Beach
Get the Posh Treatment
Palm Beach is known for its many luxurious resorts and spas. However, you don’t need to be a millionaire to have a great time at one of them. What many don’t realize is that you don’t have to be a guest at these ritzy resorts to enjoy the spoils they have to offer. The Breakers allows non-guests to come in and enjoy a cocktail and gaze at the marine life in the beautiful aquariums at their Seafood Bar. For just $120, you can purchase a day pass at Eau Spa and yourself with sometime in the Self-Centered Garden.
Late Night Delights
Although many residents of Palm Beach are retirees, the city is anything but sleepy at night. If you wish to see some up and coming talent, Respectable Street hosts concerts from a wide array of artists. At Roxy’s Pub you can enjoy a craft brew along with their award-winning chicken wings. In downtown, you get some chuckles at the Improv Comedy Club.
Pedal your Way through the Lake Trail
Bikers are in for a treat in Palm Beach. On the 5.5 mile Lake Trail, you will see views of the decadent estates to the east, and the West Palm Beach skyline to the west. As you make your way around the trail running parallel to the Intracoastal Waterway, you will be amazed at the natural beauty all around you. There are so many things to see along this trail, such as beautiful coral and a gigantic Kapok tree known locally as the ‘Big Tree’.
Find the Hidden Layer of Worth Avenue
Worth Avenue is where the rich and famous do their shopping in Palm Beach. What many don’t realize what gems are hidden not far from the swanky shops. The area is full of little alleys that have beautiful gardens with pleasant sitting areas and unique sculptures. Along Via Mizner, you can see the former home of renowned architect and former resident Addison Mizner. Along Worth Avenue itself, you can still find a few smaller specialty shops. For instance, Raptis Rare Books has an outstanding collection of signed first editions from many famous authors.
Charter a Presidential Yacht
One of best ways to see all the wonders of Palm Beach is from the water. Imagine cruising along and catching view of the magnificent waterfront mansions as you explore Palm Beach by water. If you want to do it in style, you can charter the Honey Fitz, the yacht once owned by President John F. Kennedy. Onboard this 93-foot wooden yacht, up to 70 people can relive the days of Camelot just like the former president.
Shopping Fit For A Royal
Shoppers flock to the trendy Royal Poinciana Plaza for a day of retail delights. Inside, you will find the fashions of high end boutiques such as Hermes, Jimmy Choo, and Oscar De La Renta, plus much more. In between shopping, you can pamper yourself with a beauty treatment from Edward Fleming Salon or get some exercise at SoulCycle Outside. The Plaza is also full of great eateries including the classic American menu at Palm Beach Grill.
More Secret Public Gardens and Courtyards
Palm Beach is chock full of secret little pockets of beauty and serenity. Although Palm Beach has always had an exclusive atmosphere, anyone can enjoy these public spaces during their hours of operation. In Pan’s Garden, there are over 300 species of trees and wildflowers, while the statue of Pan of Rohallion and other sculptures can be found inside The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden. A 1920s enclave located at The Brazilian Court Hotel, is the perfect place to share quiet, intimate moments.
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