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Palm Beaches

Welcome to MetroGuide Networks' overview of Palm Beaches-area attractions. Many attractions along the Palm Beaches chart South Florida history, from early agricultural experiments of Japanese immigrants to Henry Flagler's extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Just as manners and traditions are passed down through generations, much of Palm Beach County's history is reflected by its architecture, landmarks, and natural resources, preserving much of the area's timeless appearance and classic ambiance. Many of famed architect Addison Mizner's residential and commercial structures remain in use in Palm Beach and Boca Raton, while doubling as historic attractions.

Below is a list of some suggested things to do in the Palm Beaches Metropolitan Area, with links to more details when available.

Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum
With a name meaning “a place to learn, a place to remember,” the museum, managed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, honors Seminole traditions through display of artifacts and re-enactment of rituals and ceremonies. The living Seminole village has nature trails and a boardwalk into a cypress swamp.
West Boundary Road, 17 miles north of Interstate 75, Exit 14, Clewiston. (863) 902-1113
American Orchid Society
Explore a colossal greenhouse full of one of the country's best orchid collections as well as many other regional species and stroll through a beautiful botanical garden.
16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach. (561) 404-2000.
Billie Swamp Safari
Airboat and swamp buggy rides, walking safaris, and Indian cultural history unfold at this attraction providing close-ups of the Seminoles' 2,200-acre Big Cypress Reservation. Daily tours head into reservation wetlands, hardwood hammocks, and areas populated with alligators, bison, deer, ostrich, water buffalo, wild hogs, and rare birds. Swamp buggies (customized motorized vehicles) provide comfortable elevated views of the frontier, while faster-moving airboats ante up more thrills.
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Clewiston. (863) 983-6101
Boca Raton Historical Society
Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway Station at 747 South Dixie Highway and a restored old Boca Town Hall highlight the exhibits, which are in the National Register of Historic Places.
71 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton. (561) 395-6766.
DivaDuck Amphibious Tours
Take a tour of the West Palm Beach area, in and out of water, in this unusual amphibious touring vehicle. The tour lasts 75 minutes, and includes narration and music. Tours depart on Thursday through Sunday from CityPlace.
Downtown West Palm Beach. (561) 844-4188.
Diving Charters
See the beauty under the surface of the waters off the Palm Beaches with a chartered diving excursion. All equipment, instruction and video taping capabilities are provided by an expert staff aboard the Rampage, a 50-foot U.S.C.G.-certified dive ship.
200 East 13th Street, Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach. (561) 626-1003.
Hoffman's Chocolate Factory
Learn how chocolates are made, and go for a stroll in the confectioner's garden.
5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres. (561) 433-GIFT.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
This lighthouse was here before any other structure in Palm Beach County, and houses an interesting museum of local history.
500 Captain Armour's Way, Lighthouse Park, Jupiter. (561) 747-8380.
Lion Country Safari
Spend the day touring by car where you can see wild animals roaming freely, or go for a walk in the more civilized park area which includes a petting zoo, bird feeding exhibit, a boat tour and paddle boating area, a picnic area and a miniature golf course.
2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. (561) 793-1084.
Loxahatchee Everglades Tours
A distinctly Florida attraction, there is nothing like an airboat tour through the Everglades with an experienced guide who can point out the subtle flora and fauna of this unique “river of grass.”
15490 Loxahatchee Road, Boca Raton. (561) 482-6107.
Mariah and Safari Catamaran and Pontoon Excursions
Enjoy a tour of the Atlantic off the Palm Beaches coast on a 49-passenger catamaran, or take the 40-passenger pontoon for snorkeling and wading on a sandbar.
1037 Marina Drive, North Palm Beach Marina, North Palm Beach. (561) 329-4122.
Mounts Botanical Garden
Take time out for a relaxing day at Palm Beach County's oldest and largest public garden. Flora unique to South Florida are thoroughly explored, as well as many species of exotic and rare botanicals from all over the world.
531 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach. (561) 233-1757.
National Croquet Center
Croquet is very Palm Beach, and this 10-acre complex of playing ground and café, where you can hold group events, play a round, or receive instruction on the game is the largest of its kind in the world.
700 Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach. (561) 478-2300.
Palm Beach Casino Line
This five-hour cruise from the Port of Palm beach features a 15,000 square foot casino, full buffet, several lounges, skeet shooting, gift shop, live show, pool and spa.
One East 11th Street, Riviera Beach. (561) 845-2101.
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Showcasing more than 900 animals from kangaroo to Florida panther, Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park (open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas), spreads out over 23 acres of landscaped habitats. Also on the grounds are Tropics Café, a full service restaurant themed as a Brazilian Port, and a carousel with horses, big cats and manatees.
1301 Summit Boulevard, Dreher Park, West Palm Beach. (561) 547-9453
Pilgrim Belle Cruise
The only paddlewheel riverboat cruise available in the region serves lunch and dinner, and offers a variety of customized tours of the area.
801 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. (561) 243-0686
Ragtops Museum
Classic automobiles and memorabilia from the early days of motoring are on display at this unusual museum that spans two city blocks.
2119 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. (561) 655-2837
Roger Dean Stadium
Something interesting is always going on here, and in the Spring, both the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals use the stadium for pre-season training, along with their respective Single A Florida State League affiliates the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals.
4751 Main Street, Jupiter. (561) 775-1818.
Sandoway House Nature Center
Spend some time at this unusual facility which features a butterfly garden, shark pool and one of the finest collections of seashells in the world, all set in and around a restored old Florida home.
142 South Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach. (561) 274-7263.
South Florida Science Museum
The whole family will enjoy this interactive complex of aquarium, planetarium and observatory. Laser concerts, science fiction movies on weekends and a science trail also are featured.
4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. (561) 832-1988.
Wild Florida Expeditions
Arrange for a customized tour with a professional photographer into the wilds of Florida, and learn how to take better pictures while seeing the real Florida as it looked before civilization.
8230 Woodsmuir Drive. West Palm Beach. (561) 776-9483.
Worth Avenue Walking Tours
Palm Beach history buffs often take advantage of complimentary "Historical Walking Tours of Wonderful Worth Avenue" that occur at intervals during the peak winter season, and on some summer Saturdays.
Worth Avenue. Palm Beach. (561) 659-6909
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