West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County, the one that carries most of the good fun and attractions you will find while visiting Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County holds a rich cultural legacy that can be explored through many world-class museums, historical neighbors, and its cities & towns. Palm Beach county was established in 1909, and since then the area has been increasing in population over the years, right after Henry Flagler extended the Florida East Coast Railway and built the Royal Poinciana Hotel, The Breakers, and Whitehall hotels. Today, Palm Beach County is one of the most preferred travel destinations and even weekend getaways for many travelers all over the world.
West Palm Beach is a beautiful city in Florida and a popular vacation destination in Central Palm Beach County. For an delightful trip to discover West Palm Beach, consider our top picks in the city:
West Palm Beach is split in various shopping districts that cover all tastes and expectations. If you like antiques, there’s an exceptional stretch named Antique Row, a place like no other in the world to buy a wide variety of antique and vintage furniture, collectibles, accessories, and more. Just a mile or so from Downtown, this is a charming district with over 40 antique shops offering an impressive selection of 17th to 20th century. Antique Row is often regarded as the best and most diverse antique district in the country, uniting a selection of high-end, rare finds with eclectic and affordable hidden gems.
Way to the west of the city in the neighboring town of Wellington sits The Mall at the Wellington Green, a modern beautiful facility with a blend of Mediterranean style and local architectural traditions featuring some of the most popular and sought-after fashion retailers.
Recently added to the city is the Palm Beach Outlet, a shopping mall that opened its doors on February 2014 offering an array of amenities and services to provide you with the best shopping experience possible.
Worth Avenue, an upscale shopping district in Palm Beach, Florida, voted one of the top 3 “Most Iconic” streets in America in 2013. Reflecting the lifestyle of Palm Beach market, the street has approximately 250 high-end shops, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries, that include Giorgio Armani, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Chanel, Vineyard Vines, Brooks Brothers, Hamilton Jewelers, Salvatore Ferragamo, Island Company, Intermix, St. John Boutique (clothing), Valentino, and many more.
Lining up along main streets of the city like Clematis St or in its popular CityPlace, there are good restaurants offering the best of the world’s cuisines. But all along the rest of the city’s neighborhood, you will be surprised to find most major restaurant chains and the city’s own leading gourmet spots where you could savor fine dining, high-end customer service and the most beautiful facilities ever.
There’s a huge variety of restaurants East to West and South to North of the city. Many have been making headlines in most specialized magazines in the industry and all just have one common fact: “they all convey the joy of serving customers”. If you are visiting Palm Beach County and happen to be reading this article, here’s a quick suggestion in West Palm Beach:
- Start your morning breakfast in the downtown area near CityPlace if you are heading to the beach. Makebs Bagels and Deli restaurant carries bagels prepared and baked on their premises with no preservatives added and 100% natural.
- Coming back from a day at the beach, if you are coming onto Southern Boulevard, you could try a casual lunch at Flanigan’s which is famous for their legendary Baby Back Ribs. This is a family restaurant that will serve you in a manner that makes you feel like you are “home”.
- But if you happen to come from the beach into the downtown area, head this time either to historical Clematis street where you could walk around to find yourself among different restaurants from a variety of cuisines so you could make your own decision, from Italian, Japanese, Cuban, American, French, Greek, Irish to Jamaican or Mexican. And the best is that as you come from the beach, there will be nothing more enticing than sitting at the tables on the sidewalks of Clematis St and enjoy a good lunch.
- If you are going way west into the city, an amazing variety of restaurants will be available and they are all quite close to other attractions, so you could continue enjoying your travel experience to West Palm Beach.
Museums & Art Galleries
West Palm Beach offers visitors the chance to meet the city’s past and present through its own museums which by the way are among the best museums in the country.
- The Norton Museum of Art, an art museum located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its collection includes over 7,000 works, with a concentration in European, American, and Chinese art as well as in contemporary art and photography. Its Gayle and Paul Gross Gallery on the third floor of the Nessel Wing displays Old Masters paintings.
- The Flagler Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Every year the Flagler Museum hosts world-class exhibitions highlighting artist, topics, and issues of the Gilded Age (1865-1929). The exhibitions give visitors the opportunity to further explore the art and culture of Gilded Age America. Exhibitions are free with Museum admission. The gallery is located on the second floor of Whitehall, and accessible by the staircase in the Grand Hall or the state-of-the-art elevator at Museum Store.
- The Society of the Four Arts, which mission is focused on music, drama, literature and arts, includes a library and children’s library, an exhibition gallery, 700-seat auditorium, botanical and sculpture gardens, and a state-of-art lifelong learning facility for classes on painting, opera and so much more.
- The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium brings the wonderful world of science alive for both children & adults. Former South Florida Science Museum provides curious minds of all ages with an entertaining and educational journey through science and technology.
Your current or next trip to Florida could have a wonderful experience in Palm Beach County’s largest city: “West Palm Beach”. Enjoy your visit!
Visiting Palm Beach County, Could Be An Amazing & Unique Experience When Stopping By West Palm Beach To Enjoy Its Restaurants, Shopping Districts Or Museums
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