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If you mention Palm Beach most people think of their grandparents or wealthy snowbirds, but actually Palm Beach has lots of things to do with kids! As a resident of Palm Beach County, I can tell you there are tons of families, and plenty of kid friendly activities to discover. With clear water and warm weather year round, most visitors head straight to the beach. Spending time at the beach is a dream vacation for kids! My boys could splash in the waves all day. But if you need some other things to do while in town, then you have come to the right place! Sure we have a zoo, miniature golf and movie theaters, but below you will find my favorite kid friendly activities unique to Palm Beach County.
1. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum – Everyone will love exploring the lighthouse grounds, museum, and pioneer home on site. And if the kids are 48 inches tall then they can climb the 105 steps to the top where you will see beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding areas.
2. Lion Country Safari – Florida’s only drive through safari where the kids can get up close to lions and many other animals from the comfort of your own car. Lion Country Safari also has a walk through amusement park with animal exhibits, shows and rides. My boys love the giraffe feeding station.
3.Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Come discover fun facts about sea turtles at this rehabilitation center. Kids can view sick or injured turtles swimming around in their tanks as they heal and prepare to be released back into the wild. There is also a small aquarium inside with exhibits on sea turtles. The center has many kid friendly programs and offers guided tours to the public. As an added bonus there is a playground out back for the kids to get out some energy.
4. Playmobil FunPark – For only $1 you can bring your kids to the Playmobil FunPark where they can play with toys for as long as you want. Inside the FunPark are tables will all the different Playmobil sets built on top. Kids can move from table to table exploring all the different toys. Tables and benches surround the room for parents to lounge and observe their kids. Don’t forget to check out the giant Playmobil Store on your way out.
5. Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve – Want to explore the Everglades without an airboat then make sure you visit this preserve. There is a beautiful boardwalk trail through the Florida wetlands and nice nature center for the kids to explore. Ask for their reusable kids scavenger hunt!
6. Sugar Sands Park – Located in Boca Raton Sugar Sands Park has lots for kids to explore. There is a large science playground that has just been totally renovated. Inside the park you will find, the Children’s Science Explorium, a fun filled center with lots of hands on activities for kids. Check their schedule for public programs. You can take a family walk on the nature trails or the kids can take a spin on the carousel.
7. River Bend Park – This is a beautiful park located on the Loxahatchee River. Here you can rent canoes, kayaks or bicycles to better explore the park with your kids. Pack a picnic lunch and eat under the chickees. Don’t forget to explore the old farmstead.
8. Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – Follow along the sanctuary’s nature trails to discover wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of Florida’s animals including alligators, foxes, owls, snakes, and bears. Don’t miss the daily animal encounters program where kids can view and touch animals up close.
9. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – Here you can take the kids hiking on a boardwalk nature trail to discover Florida’s ecosystem. Or spend some time in the Butterfly Garden which is in full bloom during the months of May and June. They also have outdoor marine aquariums for the kids to observe.
10. West Palm Beach Green Market – If you visit on a Saturday morning between October and April you should stop by the West Palm Beach Green Market located on the waterfront downtown. This is an awesome farmers market with tons of local booths. The kids will have fun sampling foods, and playing in the open green spaces. The Green Market features live music and free kids activities. You can also bring your dog!
11. Rent a boat and take a ride up the Intracoastal Waterway – My favorite place to rent from is Jupiter Inlet Boat Rentals, but there are several place in the county. Here you can reserve a nice boat for a full day or a half day, then drive up the Intracoastal towards Stuart drooling over all the big homes along the way. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of our great local restaurants on the inlet.
12. Peanut Island – If you want to ride on a boat but aren’t interested in renting one, then you could take the ferry over to Peanut Island. Spend a day on the island swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. You can also visit the Palm Beach Maritime Museum and Kennedy Bunker.
There are so many fun things for kids to do here in Palm Beach. I hope you have enjoyed some my family’s favorites! If you have any questions or want some more suggestions just ask, I’m happy to help:)