Things To Do In West Palm Beach Florida: 7 Top Activities For Families

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It’s true, our family loves to explore beach towns and we’re on a mission to check out the best things to do in West Palm Beach on the way to the Florida Keys and Key West, Florida. Actually, I’m on magazine story assignment but I’m also sharing a series of posts of the best and don’t-waste-your-time Florida beaches we encounter on the way to the southernmost city.  Since there aren’t online articles containing what women want to know about these Southern destinations, it’s my mission to provide them for Y’all.  Let’s start with all things from Downtown West Palm Beach, to West Palm Beach shopping, to seven best things to do in West Palm Beach for families, shall we?!

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Thank you so much for hosting us, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes! We had a blast with you.


I’d heard of West Palm as a luxury shopping destination but this is the first time we were able to spend family time in the area. We rolled into town mid-morning and checked-in to our hotel room before exploring the city.   More on this fabulous hotel in a moment, but let’s just say that it couldn’t have been in a more central location to all the fun things to do in West Palm Beach, Florida.

To be honest, I was a bit confused. I personally had visited a community on the outskirts of West Palm for a mission trip and let’s just say that it didn’t resemble anything close to a Trump Resort! I was a little uneasy about what West Palm Beach would be like and was shocked at how luxurious the Downtown West Palm Beach district was. Home to four retail and entertainment districts and high class art galleries, it couldn’t be any more exquisite.

Since there is such a variety of visitors and residents, let me clue you in to the best places to find the top seven things to do in West Palm Beach, Florida for families!


The clock tower showed up on a google map along Ocean Boulevard when I was researching beach accesses so that became our beach destination. The beach was about four and a half miles from our hotel.  We got on I-95 S for 0.7 miles, then continued on FL-704 E (Royal Park Bridge) to Hammon Ave for 3.8 miles, which led us to S Ocean Blvd.

As soon as we crossed the Royal Park Bridge toward the beach, the posh-factor increased by leaps and bounds.  My jaw literally dropped at the multitude of luxurious homes and manicured boxwood hedges that led us to Ocean Boulevard.  All we wanted to do was find the beach and little did we know that we had landed smack dab in the midst of the “Rodeo Drive of Florida.”

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As we were crossing the bridge to the beach, Superman mentioned that Donald Trump had a resort home in the area.  Remember the iconic clock tower that we parked by?  I realized when we returned to the car to hunt for celebrity homes that we were but mere miles from Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago Estate, his winter “white house” with 58 bedrooms and 62,000 square feet.  Of course, we had to take a ride to gander at it.  Other West Palm Beach celebrity homes include those of Ivana Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Rod Stewart and Venus and Serena Williams.


If you find the clock tower in Palm Beach, you’ve literally found the start of Worth Avenue, “the Rodeo Drive of Florida.”  World-renowned as one of the most upscale shopping districts in America, it includes for the designer boutiques and luxury department stores such as Tiffany and Co, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Neiman Marcus.  Many upscale restaurants and a history tour truly make it one of the must-see things to do in West Palm Beach since it’s truly the crown jewel of shopping for the state of Florida.


A few hundred feet from our hotel room was a gorgeous Target shopping center – complete with a lower level, covered parking garage, and escalators for people AND shopping carts.  We were very thankful for the covered parking because we were in the midst of a rain shower at the time of our shopping trip.  This Target was even better than most (I mean, who doesn’t adore Target?) because of all of the beachwear it contained.

Directly across from our hotel and Target we found the Palm Beach Outlet Mall. This outdoor, luxury shopping center has close to 150 stores like

  • Nike
  • Ulta
  • Adidas
  • Yankee Candle
  • Columbia
  • Vera Bradley
  • Under Armour
  • Polo
  • Talbots
  • Steve Madden
  • Justice
  • Hurley
  • Gap
  • Anne Taylor

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As you can see, the Palm Beach Outlets are diverse and they are beautiful.  We really enjoyed our time shopping at this spot.


One of the unexpected things to do in West Palm Beach is a visit to the large premier park, Okeeheelee, with many available outdoor activities for families.  There’s more than enough to choose from with kayaking, canoeing, hiking, water skiing, bike trails, picnic pavilions and a dog park.  What a fun place!


Another unique treat for the family that’s worth a stop is Manatee Lagoon.  This clean and contemporary educational center has free entry, tours, and parking and is set up with an aquarium or museum-like layout.  Take a self-guided tour if you’d rather go at your own pace than follow the 30-minute tour with a guide.  If you visit during winter or early spring, you just might see manatees is the beautiful lagoon as well.


Located at Exit 71 east of I-95, we greatly enjoyed the Best Western Palm Beach Lakes as our relaxing home base right in heart of all the exciting action that West Palm Beach has to offer.  When I say exciting action, I’m talking about close proximity to the beach, shopping, and the best restaurants.  A Target was located literally steps away from our hotel room and the Palm Beach Outlets Shopping Complex is located right across the street! Also nearby is the chic Downtown CityPlace, the Palm Beach Convention Center, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Norton Museum and the Rapids Water Park.

Honestly, we’d never stayed in a Best Western hotel and I was thoroughly impressed with this one.  Our king suite room was especially roomy and super clean.  We only had one of our kiddos with us and the pullout couch bed was perfect for her.  I loved how there was an actual bedroom and living room/dining room setup.  Another perk was how our room faced the tropical courtyard area with the pool. You can tell in the video below how gorgeous this place really is.

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Hotel

West Palm Beach mentions

Worth Ave Shopping:  Worth Ave, Palm Beach

Palm Beach Outlets: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd West Palm Beach

Beach access:  423 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach

Okeeheelee Park:  7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Manatee Lagoon:  2578, 6000 N Flagler Dr, West Palm Beach

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes:  1800 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard West Palm Beach (561) 683-8810


I adore these travel bags because you’re able to separate clean clothes from dirty and wet items from dry. I also love that there are two waterproof material clear bags, in which one is TSA-approved and there’s a quart size available for carrying on airline with toiletries or other liquids!

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I hope you found this family travel guide helpful. Let me know if I can help you with future travel plans!

Which things to do in West Palm Beach Florida do you want to do first? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Published on HuffPost and Okefenokee Living Magazine and other publications, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist and lover of all things ‘calm & cozy home.’

She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about southern family destinations and creating cozy homes they can’t wait to go home to.

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  1. July 18, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Pinned! My family loves to visit Florida for vacation, but we haven’t mad it to West Palm Beach yet. It looks beautiful!

    • Shan
      July 19, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Yay, Maegan! Florida is certainly a great place for a vacation – so many things to go and see. 😉

      much love,

  2. Whitney Kutch
    July 18, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    So pretty! And I’m ALL about some outlet shopping – great tips!

  3. July 18, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    We have not been to Florida in a couple of year. Always envious of all the sunshine down there. Looks like I have to check out this place some time.

  4. Amber Stanfield
    July 18, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    My husband and I love Florida we will definitely have to check these places out, especially the manatee park. I love manatees!

    • Shan
      July 20, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Awesome, Amber!

      much love,

  5. July 19, 2018 / 9:58 am

    That looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I’ve never been to Florida, but we’ve been talking about going there next year. I’m due for some beach time!

    • Shan
      July 20, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      So many neat things to find in Florida!

      much love, Shan

  6. July 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

    It looks like a beautiful Florida beach and the Manatee Lagoon sounds interesting!

  7. July 23, 2018 / 12:08 am

    I love all the shopping there is available!

  8. July 26, 2018 / 11:38 am

    These sound like great options to visit. Thank you for sharing your review of this beautiful area and options of places to visit and stay.

  9. July 26, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    This sounds like so much fun!! I’ve never really seen much of Florida before.

  10. July 27, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Great post! The outlet shopping would definitely be on my to do list!

  11. July 30, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    So I’ve never been to West Palm Beach but now I HAVE to visit!

    • Shan
      July 31, 2018 / 7:28 am

      Yes! It’s gorgeous!

      much love,

  12. July 31, 2018 / 8:17 am

    My sister lives in West Palm and I love visiting her and going to the beaches and the outlet malls. So fun! There is also this amazing donut shop not far from there that sells cronuts. So amazing!

  13. July 31, 2018 / 8:22 am

    This was such a fun flashback! I haven’t been back to West Palm Beach since having kids and this totally made me want to visit again soon! So beautiful there!

  14. July 31, 2018 / 8:35 am

    This looks like a fun place to visit! Thanks so much for sharing this comprehensive information!

  15. August 19, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I HAD to pin this to my future beach vacation boards. I’m a beach girl but with a family, I like to visit places that have other things to do when we aren’t at the beach. (It’s the only way to keep everyone entertained over a long vacation) West Palm seems like a great option!

    Oh and your photos are gorgeous!

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