updated November 20, 2018
10 West Palm Beach Things to Do That are Just More Fun in the Winter
Sunny and 74…that’s a typical winter day in West Palm Beach, and winter is the perfect time to enjoy this slice of paradise.
1. Go Shopping
This is the time of the year to enjoy our outdoor shopping areas filled with boutiques and blooming with bougainvillea. What are you waiting for? Put on your shopping shoes and discover why USA Today and Conde Nast consistently rate us one of the best destination for shopaholics. A few of our favorite shopping areas…
South Dixie – Home of Antique Row Art & Design District with over 40 antique shops and boutiques. Don’t miss HIVE, Eccentricities, Paula Roemer Antiques, City Girl Consignment, Coastal Girls, Floral Emporium and Shoppe 561.
Elizabeth Avenue Station – Pop-Up retail marketplace in the trendy West Palm Beach warehouse district featuring local artisans.
City Place – If you prefer chain stores like Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware…head to City Place. Our Restoration Hardware is a flagship store with an amazing cafe on the rooftop! Along with these favorite stores, you’ll find restaurants and live entertainment in a beautiful open-air setting. If you’re in need of souvenirs, don’t miss this fun shop – Life in Palm Beach.
Worth Avenue – Often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast, Worth Avenue offers an impressive line-up of designer stores. This is the place to be if you want to see Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and perfectly-polished Palm Beachers. Window-shopping anyone?
2. Check Out Florida’s #1 Greenmarket
Cooking Light Magazine recently awarded our Greenmarket the “Best in the State”, citing the diversity of vendors, waterfront location, live entertainment and pooch friendly vibe. It’s a feast for your senses with fresh tropical produce and plants, ethnic eateries and farm-fresh foods. Of course, free samples abound! The West Palm Beach Greenmarket is open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturdays, October through April. Free parking is available in the Banyan Street garage and Evernia Street garage.
3. Go Ride a Bike
Rent a blue Sky Bike at any of our 14 stations located throughout Downtown West Palm Beach and hit the path! Ride South along our waterfront path, and make a stop at the Norton Museum of Art or cross the bridge to Palm Beach and ride the Lake Trail to the Flagler Museum. Either way, you’ll be able to admire beautiful historic homes.
4. Get Up Close & Personal with Manatees or Sea Turtles
Manatee Lagoon is Florida Power & Light’s new eco-discovery center. This is your chance to see the manatees up close where they bask in the warm-water outflows from the power plant. The center includes exhibits, a boardwalk, picnic area, pavilion, cafe and gift shop. Even better, admission is free! 600 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. 561-626-2833 For a sneak preview, check out the Manatee Cam on their website VisitManateeLagoon.com
Loggerhead Marinelife Center – You’ll fall in love with sea turtles! Loggerhead Marinelife Center promotes sea turtle education, research and rehabilitation. Every turtle has a name, a story and their personal pool. If you’re lucky, a turtle release may be scheduled during your visit! Loggerhead Marinelife Center is located 30 minutes north of West Palm Beach on the ocean in Juno Beach, 14200 U.S. Highway 1 Juno Beach, 561-627-8280. A $5 donation is requested for admission
5. Discover Delicious West Palm Beach on a Food Tour
The food is always delicious and the stories are always entertaining on a West Palm Beach Food Tour, and this time of the year they can almost always “order” perfect weather for you. A food tour is a fun, entertaining and delicious way to learn about West Palm Beach. You’ll sip, sample and savor the flavor of West Palm Beach with generous tastings from 6 of the best local restaurants. Of course, they sprinkle in a bit of history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect afternoon in sunny Florida. Don’t miss out on the tour the New York Post includes on their list of “Cool Things to Do in West Palm Beach”. Make reservations by visiting WestPalmBeachFoodTour.com and save $5 with discount code: delicious. PS – West Palm Beach Food Tour recently made Florida’s Top 9 Tours You Need to Take ASAP
6. Enjoy a Scenic Drive…convertable anyone?
From Palm Beach, head south on State Road A1A and admire gorgeous homes and breathtaking views of the ocean. We suggest driving from Palm Beach to Delray Beach. Once you arrive in Delray Beach, make time for lunch and shopping on Atlantic Avenue. On your return trip, visit one of the many public beaches along the way.
7. See the Murals
Take an art walk and enjoy over 20 murals in Downtown West Palm Beach. Thanks to CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, West Palm Beach has been transformed into a colorful, quirky, artsy town. Download a map of the CANVAS murals, and don’t forget your camera. Of course, along the way, you’ll find plenty of outdoor cafes to grab a bite to eat, and you can always take a relaxing break and admire the yachts along the West Palm Beach Waterfront.
8. Fill Your Calendar with Outdoor Festivals and Sports
Palm Beach International Polo Season: January through April
Winter Equestrian Festival: January through March
ArtiGras: February 16- 18
PGA Tour Honda Classic: February 25 – March 3
Lake Worth Street Painting Festival: February 23 – 24
Spring Training – Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals: February 21 – March 26
Evening on Antique Row: March 9
Palm Beach International Boat Show: March 28 – 31
9. Explore a Park or Do the Zoo!
Palm Beach County has over 80 parks and a great zoo, so take advantage of our winter weather and walk the trails, pack a picnic and see nature up close. A few of our favorites…
John D. MacArthur State Park
Beach, boardwalks, nature trails and kayak rentals top the list at this local favorite.
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach
Palm Beach Zoo
Over 700 animals in 23 acres of lush, tropical habitats
1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
Peanut Island Park
Accessible only by boat or the Palm Beach Water Taxi…locals love Peanut Island. It’s also the home of JFK’s bunker.
6500 Peanut Island Road, Riviera Beach
10. Dine al Fresco
Tropical patios, sidewalk cafes and rooftop decks are magical this time of the year. Don’t miss…
Pistache French Bistro
The best view of the West Palm Beach waterfront is waiting for you at Pistache!
101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
Escape to their tropical patio, and ask to sit in the retro Airstream trailer where you can dine on delicious Italian fare.
517 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
Head to their patio for delicious Middle-Eastern food and belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
120 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach
Life’s just more fun when it’s sunny and 74. Enjoy these great things to do in West Palm Beach before we have to crank our air-conditioners up, and Hilton has plenty of offers to make your stay great!
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