Can you feel the breath of fresh air in the morning? The long, hot days of summer are over. Hurricane season has come and gone and the air feels just a tiny bit crisper. The coming of fall in Florida doesn’t equate to the changing colors of leaves or dramatic drops in temperature. It’s not quite time to get out the jackets and boots, but cooler weather does mean more days spent outdoors with Mother Nature. Whether you’re a native to West Palm Beach or even just a visitor looking for something unique to do, get outside and enjoy the unique scenery, beautiful beaches and extraordinary wildlife the city has to offer.
Here are 5 things to do outdoors in West Palm Beach:
1. Visit Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
Get out your camera and spend the day at the zoo. A hub of wildlife, the Palm Beach Zoo is home to more than 700 animals from Florida, North, South and Central America, Australia, and Madagascar. While visiting, you can be witness to lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). In addition, the Zoo houses animals such as jaguars, alligators, sloths, koalas and an array of crawling critters. Take your pick and visit one of the Palm Beach Zoo’s many animal experiences such as the, sloth, tortoise, black bear and capybara experience.
Existing to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world, the Palm Beach Zoo offers daily events, educational programs and conservation efforts to keep you in the know about our precious wildlife. Gain in-depth knowledge about Florida’s most endangered animals and learn what you can do to protect them.
The Palm Beach Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last admission ticket being sold at 4:15 p.m. To find out more about the Palm Beach Zoo and Conversation Society, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.
2. Lake Trail
For the true outdoorsy types, get out your bicycles or rent one at iScoot Palm Beach and spend your day biking through West Palm Beach’s most famous bike route, Lake Trail. With postcard like scenery, historic buildings and views into some of the most expensive mansions in the city, Lake Trail provides a true escape from the bustle of everyday life and insight into the real beauty West Palm Beach has to offer.
Lake Trail is one of the only paved biking paths in West Palm Beach and is a rewarding experience for anyone looking to spend their day outdoors. You can bike, walk, jog and rollerblade along the trail, taking in the history as you go. While wandering through Lake Trail, there are many restaurants to visit for a casual breakfast or lunch. You can even make the outing a whole day adventure by visiting the Flagler Museum as you pass it by.
To contact Iscoot Palm Beach and find information about how and when to rent a scooter or bike, visit them online here: www.iscootpalmbeach.com
3. West Palm Beach Green Market
What better way to spend your Saturday morning than enjoying the cool breeze by the Waterfront and picking out the freshest flowers, fruits and vegetables. The West Palm Beach Green Market is the perfect place to bring the whole family, even your pets, and enjoy a relaxing walk while talking with loved ones and snacking on delicious treats.
Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Green Market is the perfect destination to shop at more than 70 vendors featuring the freshest local produce, baked goods, herbs, teas, flowers and much more! You may even find that perfect gift you’ve been hunting for. It’s a great way to support your local community. To learn more about the Green Market, go to wpbnow.com.
4. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
If you’re looking to broaden your appreciation of art, culture and history by strolling through beautiful grounds, then Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is the place for you to be. Invoking a sense of mystery, illusion and inspiration, the breathtaking artwork represents four decades of Ann Weaver Norton’s declaration to the conservation and preservation of a quiet retreat in the midst of high rises.
Ann Norton’s work features bronze, wood, and stone pieces. Some of her sculptures stand at a remarkable 12 feet tall and provides a unique understanding into her life as an artist. The Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit, www.ansg.org to learn more about Ann Norton and her showcase of artwork.
5. Peanut Island Park
A go-to spot for your water adventure pleasures, nearby Peanut Island is the quintessential location to go snorkeling, kayaking, boating, camping and more near West Palm Beach. Eighty acres of cool blue water, the park is home to beautiful underwater scenes of aquatic wildlife. If you’re in need of equipment, stop by West Palm Beach Visitor’s Center to rent a kayak and snorkeling gear.
As an added bonus, Peanut Island Park also features President Kennedy’s bomb shelter. The self-guided tour of the bunker is just another great way to get in touch with the history the city has to offer.
Get your swimsuit out, pack a lunch and enjoy an entire day out on the water. Only in Florida can you relax by the sea all year long and West Palm Beach invites you today!
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