What is it? A modest-but-mighty zoo that houses more than 550 animals (190 species), many of them endangered, within 23-acres of lush tropical habitat. There’s an interactive play fountain for kiddos to enjoy on hot, summer days.
Why go? One of the newest feature is the Lorikeet Loft, where visitors can get up close and personal with 40 of the colorful birds. For just a couple of bucks, purchase some nectar to feed the lorikeets and enjoy some one-on-one time with them. Be sure to visit the zoo’s other residents, including Malayan tigers and Mexican spider monkeys.
Ground zero for sporting resort wear, golfing and escaping those harsh northeastern winters, Palm Beach is the seasonal playground of America’s one percent. There’s a definite small-town feel to the 16-mile-long island dotted with opulent mansions and upscale retailers. It’s an entirely different experience across the narrow lagoon and over the three small bridges that connect Palm Beach and West Palm Beach—the urban, upper-middle-class sister city with a bustling restaurant scene and mega malls.
Florida’s Gold Coast has plenty to keep you busy, and the best things to do in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach offer a mix of beachy charm, swanky extravagance and low-key entertainment. This list is curated, as always, but isn’t ranked—we just couldn't choose favorites.
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