West Palm Beach: Top Attractions

West Palm Beach  (courtesy, Visit Florida)

The Breakers
A destination for hotel guests and the curious alike, the timeless Breakers, founded by oil magnate Henry Flagler, is a Palm Beach landmark. The Italian-Renaissance-style palace sits on 140 acres of beachfront property and features opulent rooms and nine onsite eateries and bars. Take advantage of its two championship golf courses—an 18-hole oceanfront course and the recently reconstructed Breakers Rees Jones Course—and the sumptuous full-service day spa.

PGA National Resort & Spa
A true haven for golf fanatics, the 339 guestrooms here all include private balconies overlooking the perfectly manicured grounds of five exquisite championship golf courses. Five tournament-caliber tracks offer something for players of every level, including a par-72 course dubbed "The General" in honor of Arnold Palmer. After a day swinging for the greens, take a load off in one of the many onsite dining rooms (including a beloved Shula's), or at the decadent day spa.

Kaffee's Garden Spa
Get back to the Garden, where Kaffee Keldie will indulge you in her just-renovated urban boutique day-spa oasis. A mixture of treatment packages include body polishes, massages, facials, reflexology treatments, and PediSpa, all utilizing lusciously soothing products like Jurlique, Dermalogica, and the Garden Spa's very own concoctions.
Kaffee's Garden Spa: 561.833.4483, www.kaffeesgardenspa.com

Emerald Dunes Golf Course
Consistently ranked in many top-ten lists of daily-fee courses in the States, Emerald Dunes is an impeccable swath of green that caters to club wielders of all abilities. The Tom Fazio-designed course features a ProLink GPS satellite-controlled yardage information system on every golf cart, Callaway club rentals, bag drop-off, and cocktail service throughout the day.
Emerald Dunes Golf Course: 561.687.1700, www.emeralddunes.com

Norton Museum of Art
The celebrated Norton, expanded in 2003 to house more than 5,000 American, European, and Chinese art pieces in its permanent collection, is a cultural hot spot in the center of West Palm. Shows of contemporary work, photography, and historic pieces—such those in its recent "Spain in the Age of Exploration" exhibit—draw appreciative local and regional crowds. The Norton Museum offers excellent public programs that range from artist talks to afternoon jazz concerts.
Norton Museum of Art: 561.832.5196, www.norton.org

Palm Beach Polo and Country Club
Slip on a blue blazer and settle into the 3,000-seat stadium in nearby Wellington to watch an evening polo match and socialize with West Palm's elite. Or bear witness to an afternoon equestrian event like the National Horse Show or Winter Equestrian Festival. You might even spy celeb fans Sylvester Stallone or Prince Charles in a nearby box seat.
Palm Beach Polo and Country Club: 561.793.1440, www.palmbeachpolo.com

City Place
West Palm Beach is all about City Place—an upscale al fresco mall area brimming with lovely shaded walkways, Mediterranean architecture, delicious dining destinations, and a dizzying number of upscale shops. Macys, Benetton, FAO Schwartz, and Armani Exchange are just a few of the emporiums in which to drop some dough.
City Place: 561.820.9716

Brazilian Court
The Spanish-style 1926 luxury retreat, just across Lake Worth in Palm Beach, has an old-fashioned elegance thanks to its tranquil Fatio Courtyard, featuring a stone fountain and afternoon-tea service, and its airy suites, which exude a crisp, country style. An outpost of the famed Café Bolud serves French-American feasts of the highest order, while a new branch of the renowned Frédéric Fekkai Salon & Spa pampers guests with services from facials to color jobs.

Palm Beach Opera
The Palm Beach Opera, founded in 1961, wows audiences during its December-through-April season. It has produced favorites over the years, including Hansel and Gretel, La Boheme, and The Merry Widow. Performances take place at the local Kravis Center, and various benefit galas and pre-show dinners liven up each season with social-calendar musts.
Palm Beach Opera: 561.820.4888, www.pbopera.org

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm's Kravis Center is all things to all arts-loving people. Comprising a main concert hall, the black-box Rinker Playhouse, a pavilion housing lecture halls and practice rooms, and an outdoor amphitheatre, the Center has played host to the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra (with Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops), the Russian National Ballet Theatre's production of Swan Lake, and a concert by Englebert Humperdinck.
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: 561.832.7469, www.kravis.org

Published: 26 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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