As a native Floridian, I am rather fond of our numerous beaches. It’s probably why I live on the coast and vacation in Florida just as often as anywhere. It’s a long state. Am I supposed to drive all the way to Georgia? The beaches go on forever and the history at every inlet is rich and varied. Take a photographic ride with us as we travel down the beaches of Palm Beach County, Florida.
One of my favorites is the tour of the 1860 Jupiter Light House at the The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. The History Museum is located in the original WWII Naval Housing quarters building and has exhibits on the waterfront that included the Lighthouse Keeper’s Workshop, the Tindall Pioneer Homestead & the Seminole Chickee. Sitting right on the Atlantic Ocean, the view and the Florida history are both amazing.
Are you a history buff like me? Be sure to visit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. They collect the history of Palm Beach County, Florida, and the Carribean and share it in their immense library. They have almost two million photographs, newspapers, and journals and numerous educational programs. Their focus is on the building of understanding and appreciation of local history to children. Richard and Pat Johnson PBC History Museum 300 N. Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 832-4164
The Flagler Museum was the next stop on my Palm Beach tour of Florida history. This historic landmark and former home to Henry Flagler boasts a fantastic collection of art and offers tours to admire the grounds and learn about the Gilded Age in American history. It’s located at One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-655-2833. Follow their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
Next up was the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. Nothing makes a person feel fancier than playing croquet. Come to find, I’m naturally talented at the game. Just check out that form.
It’s home to the world’s largest croquet facility. That’s right, the world. With 19 lawns covering four acres of the finest lawns and a 19,000 sq ft clubhouse built in the Florida “cracker house” style, it’s a perfect destination for any kind of event. Follow their social media sites on Facebook and Twitter. 700 Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 (561) 478-2300
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After all the history lessons, it was time to take a Sunset Catamaran Cruise. When it comes to enjoying the Gold Coast, there’s no way better than a relaxing sunset sail while enjoying the West Palm skyline. Be sure to check out the mansions and mega yachts of the Palm Beach Island. You may never want to go home. Their facility is located downtown West Palm Beach Clematis Street Docks at Flagler Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 881-9757
Next up on your bucket list should be the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. At the “Koala-T” Experience you can get closer to a Koala than anywhere else in the U.S. Come make friends with Oz, the zoo’s male Queensland koala. The whole family can enjoy the black bears and sloths till the tigers come home. Follow their social media sites on Twitter and Facebook.
On your way out of West Palm Beach County, be sure to stop and camp at Lion Country Safari. Playgrounds, pools, and lions that sing you to sleep every night on the outskirts of town. Admission includes admission into the Safari World Amusement ParkThe drive-through safari is one of a kind and the camping will leave you thinking you’re on safari with the entire family. Go to 2003 Lion Country Safari Road Loxahatchee, FL 33470 (561) 793-1084. Visit their website and follow their social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and and Twitter.
Palm Beach County is a place where you’re going to want to slow down and spend some time. The history and the scenic vistas are second to none. You’ll forget that you ever have to go home as you are swept away by its lazy charm. The Atlantic breeze never stops blowing as you continually find new bays and inlets to explore.