Things to Do With Kids in Palm Beach County, FL
If you call Palm Beach County, Florida home, you likely know it is a wonderful place for families to enjoy and make memories together. For those who are visiting or considering a permanent move to Palm Beach County, you may be unaware of the incredible range of activities designed specifically for families and kids to enjoy. Let’s explore the plethora of fun happenings in Palm Beach County – complete with activities to fit any size budget!
Parks, Museums, Water Activities, and More!
Palm Beach County is an expansive playground with lots of room to play! Whether your kids love the land or the sea, or both, Palm Beach County is ready to welcome you and your family to join in the fun. With nearly 50 miles of beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean as well as nearly 40 cities and towns, Palm Beach County has lots to explore and enjoy as a family. Outside, in nature, is where you and your family will find most of the adventure – building sandcastles, boogie boarding the waves, paddle boarding, exploring eco-friendly options, and meeting some of the natives – like sea turtles, manatees, bald eagles and more.
From waves to wild animals, museums to mini-golf, water slides to kayaking, the endless activities of Palm Beach County are calling – the only real question is where to begin?
Visit the Wildlife
Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee is the perfect place to start! Here you’ll find your family immersed among more than 1,000 animals at the state’s only drive-through safari. Enjoy animal encounters, rides, shopping, and more as you roam more than 6,000 acres amid giraffes, zebras, and the like. As a leader in animal care, conservation, and education, Lion Country Safari also offers once in a lifetime experiences like feeding a giraffe.
Next up in the animal extravaganza is the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society where your family can enjoy a variety of hands-on wildlife experiences among more than 500 animals including spider monkeys, koalas, tigers, jaguars, and a number of endangered species.
Palm Beach County is proud of its beloved local fauna including manatees, sea turtles, and bald eagles. A great starting point for local wildlife is Manatee Lagoon where you and your family can view wild manatee herds and learn about the loveable sea cows and Florida’s unique coastal ecosystem.
Another great location to learn about ocean conservation and local wildlife is the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Palm Beach County is well-known to be a prime location, where leatherbacks, loggerheads, and green turtles nest annually. The Loggerhead Marine Life Center also hosts a rehabilitation hospital serving injured sea turtles and allowing visitors to learn about these majestic creatures and conservation efforts on their behalf.
At the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, you and your family will find 20 protected barrier island acres to explore. An indoor museum showcases local wildlife and plants, and outdoor facilities feature fish, turtle, and sea life plus a trail meandering through the woods complete with an observation tower.
In Jupiter, you’ll find the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary where you and your family can observe bald eagles, deer, black bears, panthers, alligators, and more. With the mission to rescue, rehab, release, and educate, the sanctuary offers a great opportunity for families to learn about Florida wildlife and conservation efforts. A wildlife hospital is onsite, and patients unable to return to the wild make their home in the refuge of the sanctuary. In addition, families will enjoy exploring the nature trails, trekking through pines flatwoods, cypress wetlands, and oak hammocks and visiting wildlife habitats featuring native wildlife.
The Sandoway Discovery Center in Delray Beach allows you and your family to encounter native sea life as you learn about Florida’s marine and freshwater regions. Experience shark feedings, a coral reef experience,and a touch tank with live marine invertebrates.
Fun in the Sun!
When the beach beckons John D. MacArthur State Beach is a great place to explore and learn about marine and estuary life. This natural area takes you back in time to the subtropical habitat that once was Florida. The park sits idyllically on a barrier island and offers nearly two miles of beach perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. At the park you can also hike nature trails, go kayaking, and enjoy a family picnic.
Now that we’ve entered the realm of water fun, let’s explore some places you can learn and enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. First up is the Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. where you can learn to paddle board and kayak as well as enjoy eco-tours with first-class guides.
Once you’ve mastered paddling, you and your family can learn snorkeling for a completely unforgettable experience. You’ll find lots of friendly snorkeling guides from which to choose. After mastering your snorkeling skills, you’ll want to take the family to the easily accessible Phil Foster Park and enjoy the underwater snorkel trail where you’ll find rays, starfish, octopi, and even some hammerhead shark statues. Also not to be missed is Peanut Island with clear waters welcoming you to the snorkeling lagoon.
Bike Rides, Golf, Bowling, and More!
If land activities are beckoning you and your family, grab your bikes, skates, or strollers, along with your safety gear and head to the Lake Trail in Palm Beach. Here you’ll find 10 miles of traffic-free cycling, offering picturesque panoramas along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Does 10 miles sound a bit much for you and your family? Then how about a fun round of mini-golf at the Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Jupiter Beach as the waves serenade you.? Not into golf? Then try your hand at bowling at St. Lucie Lanes where state-of-the-art alleys await you and your family.
Of course, this is only a small sampling of all that Palm Beach County has to offer families all year round. Those who call the Palm Beach County home are already busy making memories with their families, but what about you? Are you ready to make Palm Beach County your home?
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