35 Things to Do in West Palm Beach with the Kids
West Palm Beach is the perfect place to raise children - great schools, friendly communities, and tons of kid-friendly things to do.
You can lounge on the beaches all day, watching your children play in the waves and sand, or take them on different local adventures. Take the little kids to the Palm Beach Zoo or take your older kids on a shopping spree. Enjoy animal life or the artistic and musical life of the city. No matter what you chose, there are plenty of things to do in Palm Beach County this weekend with kids of every age.
1. The Norton Museum Of Art
Want to get out of the heat and learn something new? It’s hard to beat the Norton Museum of Art, which has over 7,000 pieces and features attractions for all ages.
2. Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures
A fun thing to do in Palm Beach County with your kids is to take them on a scuba adventure. You’ll never hear the end of excitement and gratitude by taking your children on these dives off the coast.
3. Clematis Street
Shopping and dining are to be found on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. On Thursday nights from 6-9pm is Clematis By Night, featuring free live music for all to enjoy!
4. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
Visit the iconic lighthouse with your family. Climb the stairs to the top, shop around the souvenir shop, and visit the History Museum. The lighthouse is open Tuesdays through Sundays.
5. Downtown West Palm Beach
One of the perfect things to do this weekend is to hit up Downtown West Palm Beach. This shopping and dining center has many restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment options. Plus, it’s just blocks away from the beach!
6. Mounts Botanical Garden
A perfect free, outdoor activity to do with your kids is to visit Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach’s largest and oldest public garden. It’s also the perfect place to get some family pictures taken.
7. Delray Yacht Cruises
Take your family out on a yacht and feel classy and upper-class on a narrated tour past some of the area’s large and beautiful mansions. Beverages and snacks are included.
8. McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
Not only is the Wildlife Sanctuary just as good as any zoo, but it is also an educational opportunity for your children. Through guided tours, you can get a look at the rehab center and learn how officials take in and treat wounded and endangered wildlife.
9. Keylypso of The Palm Beaches
Enjoy a day out at sea in the Atlantic Ocean reef or around Peanut Island with Keylypso. Guides will point out the local marine, amphibious, and aquatic life and you can even snorkel around the island.
10. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Another free activity in West Palm Beach is the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. Take in some art and culture as you view over 100 of Norton’s sculptures placed around her home and property.
11. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Don & Ann Brown Theatre
Does your family like plays and the theatre? This little theatre always has a play showing with professional actors and singers. Enjoy the seasonal plays and musicals the local fine arts community brings to you.
12. Go to the Beaches
It’s called West Palm Beach for a reason. There are many beaches for your family to visit: Spanish River Park, Ocean Reef Park, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach Park, and many more.
13. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
With over 50 hands-on exhibits, this science center and aquarium is the perfect place to take your children. Discover the aquatic and marine life of Florida, as well as exotic specimens and learn about the Everglades ecosystem.
14. South Florida Fair
If you visit West Palm Beach during January, make sure to check out the South Florida Fair. Packed with rides, music, food, drinks, and fun, the fair is one of Florida’s top rated entertainments.
15. Diva Duck Amphibious Tour
Take your family on a tour with Diva Duck. These amphibious tour buses give you a guided tour of West Palm Beach both on land and in the water. Learn about the city while enjoying the boat ride. Charter info
16. Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
Over 700 species of animals are on exhibit at the Palm Beach Zoo, including a lizard house, koala and wallaby habitat, Tiger habitat, and a Tropics exhibit. This large zoo is sure to take up an entire day of fun.
17. Screen on the Green
The second Friday of every month, family-friendly movies are shown in an open-air theater set up on the “Big Green” on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. Bring your own blankets and popcorn and enjoy the night air while you watch a movie with your family.
18. West Palm Beach Green Market
Do you enjoy going to local farmers’ markets? Then the Green Market is for you. Peruse the aisles of vendors’ fresh meats, cheeses, baked goods, garden produce, flowers, and much more. Directions
19. Calypso Bay Water Park
Only 8 miles from West Palm Beach Downtown is Calypso Bay Water Park. This water park includes a river ride, lily pad walk, swimming pool, and water playground, as well as some water slides.
20. Piquet Entertainment & Race Park
Burn off your kid's energy by taking them to Piquet Entertainment & Race Park (PERPark). PERPark offers paintball in a wooded area, Gellyball for those of us who want a little more low impact, axe throwing, karting, and more.
21. Palm Beach Ice Works
Indoor activity in West Palm Beach perfect for any weather is the ice skating at the Palm Beach Ice Works. It even includes a full-sized gym to work out in. Schedule
22. Ragtops Automobile Museum
If you have boys, this Museum is the perfect place to take them. With many exhibits of antique and unique cars and automobile memorabilia, this museum is sure to hold attention and excitement. Hours
23. Yesteryear Village
Immerse your family in some local history by taking them to the Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. This historic "old town" showcases buildings and artifacts from 1895 to 1945 and includes a blacksmith shop, a general store, an old school, a working farm, and other buildings to explore.
24. West Palm Beach Airboat Rides
Truly experience the Everglades by taking your family on an adventure-filled airboat ride through South Florida's swamplands. Enjoy the scenery and excitement with your kids on the look out for crocs and other native wildlife. Book a Tour!
25. Rent Bicycles by Brightline
Forget exploring downtown West Palm Beach in a car and don’t worry about parking. Rent bikes for the whole family through Brightline and easily get from the shopping center to the dining area while enjoying the warm weather.
26. Jet Ski Rental
Find a new way to enjoy the beaches by renting jet skis for your family. This high fun and exhilarating way to enjoy the water and the city’s view will have your children raving for weeks. Pricing
27. Rapids Water Park
Don’t fight through the crowded beach at West Palm Beach. Instead, take your kids to the Rapids Water Park. Have fun laying in the sun, floating on the lazy river, and racing through the different water slides. There is even a separate toddlers’ pool if you have very young children. Tickets and pricing
28. Lion Country Safari
About 20 miles outside of the city is the Lion Country Safari. This drive-thru safari boasts over 900 animals that walk around your car. There is also a walk-thru portion where you and your kids can feed the animals, play miniature golf, and have fun on water rides.
29. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Take your family out for a special evening of performing arts at the Kravis Center. Buy tickets for a Broadway, dance performance, classical concert or even an outdoor concert. Parking is free!
30. Okeeheelee Park
Okeeheelee Park is a free thing to do in West Palm Beach with kids. There are several trails through woods and wetlands and besides watching for wildlife, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do such as paddle boating, biking, golf, and fishing.
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