When my parents retired to South Florida I assumed that all my visits to them would consist of dull mall outings and sitting by a swimming pool in a retirement community. As it turns out, there new home in West Palm Beach features plenty of interesting cultural activities and tons of fun days out for families.
Norton Museum of Art
If you’re travelling to West Palm Beach without small children, then definitely check out the Norton Museum of Art. This newly renovated, beautiful designed museum features a range of art that you probably never would have expected to find in Florida. Monet and Picasso are on show here, alongside a wide and varied collection of other artists. The café is also worth a visit.
Lion Country Safari
This safari park was a huge treat for our toddler; you can drive through in your own car and view lions, rhinos, monkeys and zebra and then move on to the petting zoo also located at the park. Drive slow and you may get some great snaps of the wildlife.
To get your shopping fix without turning to your average suburban mall, visit CityPlace. This shopping center has been designed to look like a quintessential European village, and has plenty of retail favourites, great restaurants and entertainment for the whole family.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
If your kids are science buffs, they’ll love this interactive museum full of hands-on exhibits. It also has exhibitions dedicated to natural history and aquariums full of fascinating sea life, providing an educational and fun day out that’ll appeal to even little kids.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden
My all time favourite place to visit in South Florida, Morikami is home to fascinating Japanese art exhibits, delicious cuisine and most importantly, a unique and beautiful garden that’s perfect for taking a relaxing break from your parents.