Seniors Bask in West Palm Beach Sun
West Palm Beach is the county seat of Palm Beach County with a population of just over 100,000. Senior visitors soak up Florida sunshine on pristine beaches and golf on world-class courses.
Located along Florida’s famed “Gold Coast,” West Palm Beach offers visitors year-round excitement within easy reach of smooth-sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways.
CityPlace, about 4 blocks West of the Intracoastal Waterfront has dozens of restaurants, high-end shops and live bands. Along the Gold Coast are over 40 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and the proximity of the Gulf Stream keeps the waters warm year-round.
West Palm Beach is home to sunny palm-lined streets, breathtaking waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic and scenic neighborhoods, and exciting year-round outdoor festivals. With the development of the West Palm Beach Waterfront, downtown has become very boat-friendly.
Gulf Stream Waters Attract Senior Visitors
Enjoy the fascinating array of cultural venues, sample the culinary masterworks of celebrity chef-owned restaurants, and take in one of dozens of internationally renowned destination events. Fish or dive in the Gulf Stream-warmed waters and take pleasure in the breathtaking beauty of the unique Florida ecosystem.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a favorite stop for many senior visitors. The Sanctuary has treated hundreds of native animals that were sick or injured. Everything from foxes to bobcats, Sandhill Cranes to pelicans, hawks, owls, and many others have received veterinarian care by the staff and then were released back into the wild. It is a fun stop for folks of all ages where you can view up close 170 permanent resident animals.
One of the most recognizable landmarks is the Kravis Center for Performing arts that has recently added a 31-million dollar extension which includes new rehearsal space, instrument practice rooms, classrooms and a dance studio.
The Norton Museum of Art is worth a visit, featuring a collection of over 7,000 works. Maybe enhance your afternoon visit to the Norton with a 50-minute docent-led tour of the Museum Collection and selected special exhibitions. In addition, the Palm Beach Zoo and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are a couple more highlights for any visit.
Mansions, Yachts And Centennial Square
I know that I would enjoy taking a self-guided tour on a motor scooter available from iScootPalmBeach. Then scoot along the Atlantic Ocean past huge mansions and costly yachts. TripAdvisor has it all set for you including suggestions for hotels, B&Bs and over 100 attractions.
The $30-million Centennial Square waterfront complex at the eastern end of Clematis Street, with piers, a pavilion, and an amphitheater, has transformed West Palm into an attractive, easy-to-walk downtown area.
A major event is called SunFest – Florida’s largest waterfront music festival, generally held in late April and early May. Note that Amtrak has a stop in downtown West Palm Beach. So when you plan your visit to Florida, remember to include West Palm Beach. jeb