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Day Trip to West Palm Beach – 10 Things to Do Near the Brightline Station

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Day Trip to West Palm Beach? Hop aboard the high-speed Brightline train in Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for a quick and luxurious ride to downtown West Palm Beach. Once you step off the train and into vibrant and colorful West Palm Beach, there’s plenty to explore! From biking along the waterfront path to outdoor dining, here are our Top 10 Things to Do near the Brightline Train Station in West Palm Beach.

Day Trip to West Palm Beach – Top 10 Things to Do

We make it easy to get around downtown! If you don’t feel like walking, take advantage of our free trolley system or download the Circuit app…think Uber in the form of a golf cart and they drive for tips.

1. West Palm Beach Greenmarket (Saturdays)
West Palm Beach Greenmarket – Saturdays 9:00 – 1:00, October through mid-April on Clematis at the Waterfront. USA Today named the downtown West Palm Beach Greenmarket the best in the U.S. for the past 2 years, citing the diversity of vendors, waterfront location, live entertainment, bottomless mimosas and pooch friendly vibe. Dr. Oz, a Palm Beach resident, gives it a thumbs-up too! Best way to experience the Greenmarket? Sign up for the Mornings in the Market Food Tour – a 2-hour brunch tour where you’ll taste Venezualan food, learn about tropical fruits, try conch fritters, meet vendors and hear their stories. In conjunction with the West Palm Beach Greenmarket, we have a pop-up Antique and Flea Market along Clematis Street. Yes, Downtown West Palm Beach is the place to be on Saturday.

2. Brightbike Rentals 
Rent a bike at the Brightline Station to explore to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Don’t miss the Lake Trail on Palm Beach!

3. West Palm Beach Food Tour 
Make the most of your day trip to West Palm Beach and let West Palm Beach Food Tours introduce you to the best, locally owned restaurants! You’ll meet chefs, learn to open a coconut, explore hidden tropical courtyards and hear crazy stories about our past. Tours are available everyday and depart near the Brightline station. Reservations are required and tours sell out quickly. PS – West Palm Beach Food Tours has received the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award for the past 6 years and have been named one of the “Top 10 Tour Experiences in the United States!”
Save $5 on your West Palm Beach Food Tour with discount code: Brightline

4. Palm Beach Segway Tours
Get a glimpse of glitzy Palm Beach on a Segway Tour. After a quick lesson, they’ll have you rolling through downtown West Palm Beach and over the bridge to see the sights of Palm Beach. 1 and 2 hours tours are available everyday, tours depart just a few blocks from the Brightline station and reservations are required.

5. Get Out on the Water!
The Visit Palm Beach Adventure Center rents kayaks, jet skis, paddle boards and jet packs. Soak up the sun and gawk at some fabulous mansions! If you prefer to stay dry, try their Catamaran Cruises. Look for their blue hut on the waterfront near Clematis Street.

6. Waterfront
The West Palm Beach waterfront is certainly the main attraction downtown, and there’s no better place to walk or to relax. Admire mega-yachts, enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream at Sloan’s, eat lunch in a tiki hut at E.R. Bradley’s or have a drink on the rooftop of The Ben Hotel.

7. The Square (formerly City Place and Rosemary Square)
If shopping is your thing, head to The Square where you’ll find the fabulous flagship Restoration Hardware (don’t miss the rooftop cafe), Sur la Table, West Elm, Tommy Bahama and restaurants like Cheesecake Factory and True Food Kitchen. Free concerts are almost always happening on Friday and Saturday nights along with many special events. Check out the Rosemary Square event calendar to take advantage of all the fun.

8. Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the state of Florida. Impressive collection, a fabulous sculpture garden and and a great restaurant…it’s not your ordinary museum cafe!

9. Sunday Brunch
If you’re in town on a Sunday, the brunch scene downtown is quite lively. Expect delicious food, bottomless mimosas and live music. Our top picks for brunch are: Hullabaloo – sit on their back patio in the retro Airstream trailer, and enjoy their brunch burger, almond French toast or Italian sausage and ricotta omelette. Avocado Grill – beautiful restaurant just steps from the West Palm Beach Waterfront with lots of avocado dishes and plenty of menu items for those who don’t love avocados. Pistache – named “Best Brunch” by the Palm Beach Post. Dine on their patio overlooking the West Palm Beach waterfront. Sassafras – Modern, Southern and a must-try for brunch! Think chicken & waffles and occasionally they host a drag brunch. If a brunch buffet is your thing, The Regional is your place.PS – These restaurants are all great choices for dinner and reservations are recommended.

10. Four Arts Botanical & Sculpture Garden
Technically, this gorgeous garden is just over the bridge on the island of Palm Beach, but it certainly within walking distance. The Four Arts Botanical & Sculpture Garden is our favorite place to enjoy a picnic…peaceful, serene, beautiful and the most interesting tropical plants. Even better, admission is free!

If you have time to explore beyond our downtown area, check out these attractions that are a short 10 minute Uber ride away…

All aboard for a day trip to West Palm Beach!

updated 3/10/23