updated September 5, 2018
Day Trip to West Palm Beach? Hop aboard the new 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, colorful and quirky 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 Free Ride 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 from October through April on Clematis at the Waterfront. Cooking Light Magazine named the downtown West Palm Beach Greenmarket the best in the state 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! Taste Cuban food, Columbian food, New York style bagels and don’t miss the tropical fruit booth brimming with local exotic produce.
2. Sky Bikes
Upon exiting the Brightline train station, you’ll see our blue Sky Bikes that you can rent by the hour or by the day. Grab a bike and explore our beautiful waterfront paths. The waterfront path in West Palm Beach runs 5 miles south and 2 miles north along the intercostal and through our historic districts. Just a short hop over the bridge and you can enjoy the Lake Trail and admire the mansions on Palm Beach.
3. West Palm Beach Food Tour
Make the most of your day trip to West Palm Beach and let Downtown 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. Reservations are required and tours sell out quickly. Tours are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 – 2, and the tour begins just 3 blocks from the Brightline train station. PS – West Palm Beach Food Tour recently made Florida’s Top 9 Tours You Need to Take ASAP
4. Palm Beach Segway Tours
Get a glimpse of glitzy Palm Beach on a Palm Beach 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 West Palm Beach Visitor’s 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. The Visitors Center is located in our waterfront park at 100 N. Clematis Street.
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 festival or a concert (most weekends) and have a picnic!
7. City Place
If shopping is your thing, head to City Place where you’ll find our new flagship Restoration Hardware (don’t miss the rooftop cafe), Anthropologie, Lucky, Sephora and restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Brio and Mellow Mushroom. Free concerts are almost always happening on Friday and Saturday nights along with many special events including the new Culture Lab (former Macy’s). Check out the City Place event calendar to take advantage of all the fun.
8. Cycle Party
Best way to check out the bar scene in West Palm Beach? Cycle Party is a pedal-powered pub crawl that’s sure to keep you entertained!
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, The Blind Monk, Avocado Grill & Pistache.
If you have time to explore beyond our downtown area, check out these attractions that are a short 10 minute Uber ride away…
- Manatee Lagoon – An eco discovery center that’s best in the winter months.
- Norton Museum of Art – Admission is free while they undergo a massive expansion.
- Flagler Museum – Henry Flagler’s Gilded-Age Estate in Palm Beach.
- The Breakers Resort – The iconic Palm Beach Resort…historic, breathtaking and a fabulous place to enjoy a cocktail!
- Worth Avenue on Palm Beach – It’s the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast!
- Antique Row – Fabulous antiques and quaint little cafes.
- Damn Good Beer Bus – Check out our local brewery scene!
- The Beach!
All aboard for a day trip to West Palm Beach!