Staying in Palm Beach is the perfect chance to relax and soak up the sun. If you choose the right hotel, you will have easy access to the beach, a nice pool to go for a swim in, and a deck to sunbathe on. You might also want an indoor pool or other amenities to let you make the most of the gorgeous weather of Palm Beach without having to deal with the heat. Whether you want to stay at a unique bed and breakfast, a national hotel chain, or something in between, there are dozens of options in Palm Beach just awaiting your reservations.

1. Casa Grandview

Casa Grandview
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Casa Grandview delivers bed and breakfast suites to guests in search of a AAA Four-Diamond hotel with all the amenities to provide plenty of luxury. There are also one to three-bedroom vacation accommodations available for additional privacy. In total, there are five guestrooms and suites, six luxury cottages, and seven apartment suites. Expect boutique-style amenities and state-of-the-art technology. There are baby items on hand for those who need them, and some accommodations also have access to a barbeque. Rooms have well-stocked bathrooms with Gilchrist and Soames amenities, shaving kits, make-up remover cloths, and more. There are also hairdryers, HDTVs of varying sizes, laptop safes, TiVo connections, and spa robes available on request. Depending on the chosen accommodation, you can also get a minifridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and/or full kitchen. Guests get access to bicycles during the day, complete with helmets, baskets, and bike locks. There is also beach gear, including umbrellas, sand chairs, mats, and toys. On-site, you will find two heated pools with furniture, floaties, umbrellas, and more. All guests are welcome to lounge in the courtyards and can ask about dog-friendly options. Those in the bed and breakfast area get a cuisine breakfast, which is available for a surcharge for those in vacation accommodations. Instead, vacation accommodations get a welcome basket.

1410 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-655-8932

2. The Colony Palm Beach

The Colony Palm Beach
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The Colony Palm Beach has been among the most popular boutique hotels, if not the most popular, in Palm Beach for years. This building, with its British colonial architecture, is just a short walk from Worth Avenue and the beach. All accommodations have fine upholstered furnishings, mosaic tile bathrooms with modern marble, glass walk-in showers, luxurious bath amenities, and lighted mirrors. Choose from a room with a king or queen bed or two doubles or upgrade to a suite or villa for more room. Guests can play golf at the recently renovated Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course or take advantage of guest access to Seaview Park Tennis Center, which is a full-service facility. The guest services team can also work with you to arrange other fitness activities as well as spa services, fishing, babysitting, and more. If you plan on heading to the beach, borrow beach chairs and sun umbrellas from the hotel. Enjoy a meal at Polo with its polo-themed décor or have breakfast or lunch at Café 155, where there are also grab and go choices. Get a drink outside at the Bimini Bar, which is poolside, or get a drink and listen to music at the Royal Room.

155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-655-5430

3. Romantic Getaways in Palm Beach: The Hibiscus House

Romantic Getaways in Palm Beach: The Hibiscus House
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This historic boutique inn offers Key West style in West Palm Beach and features two buildings. One was built in 1918 and has been renovated into four suites, while the other is a restored 1917 home. Some suites are dog-friendly, so no one has to get left behind. All rooms have luxurious sheets, bottled water, cable TV, ceiling fans, Keurig coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons, fluffy towels, and bath toiletries. You can also request a DVD player, rollaway bed, Pack n’ Play, and high chair. Some rooms also have features like wet bars, original claw foot tubs, French writing desks, separate sitting areas, jetted bathtubs, bistro tables, walk-in closets, and direct veranda access. Guests are welcome to borrow the beach towels and beach chairs or take advantage of the complimentary rides to Palm Beach. Relax in one of the many lounging areas or the courtyard or hang out by the fire pit. You will always be connected with the free wireless internet. Take advantage of limited free parking, with extra spots available across the street for a small fee. Unwind at the tiki bar with a drink while listening to music. Start off your day with a custom made-to-order breakfast that is included with every stay.

213 South Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-833-8171

4. The Brazilian Court Hotel

The Brazilian Court Hotel
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The Brazilian Court Hotel has elegant Spanish colonial architecture, fountains, and lush tropical courtyards in a historic landmark. This private enclave has 80 rooms with classic Palm Beach luxury. All accommodations have walk-in showers, marble baths featuring jetted tubs, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, minifridges, Wine Captains, mini bars, plush bedding, pillowtop beds, plush bathrobes, slippers, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, flat-screen HDTVs, DVD players, and safes. Rooms also have twice daily maid service, evening turndown service, and complimentary newspapers. You can opt for a multi-room or one-bedroom suite with a terrace and plenty of extra room. Go for a swim in the pool or relax under the palm trees after your swim. There are two courtyards with tropical landscapes perfect for some peace and quiet. Spend a day getting pampered at the spa and salon. All guests get the “Beach Experience,” which includes complimentary chauffeur to/from the beach and a beach tote stocked with waters and towels. Or stay on site to use the fitness center. Have a meal at Café Boulud, run by Chef Daniel Boulud, which also offers in-room dining.

301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-655-7740

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5. Hyatt Place West Palm Beach-Downtown

Hyatt Place West Palm Beach-Downtown
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The rooms at Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown are spacious and inviting with their Cozy Corner sleeper sofas, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and plush Hyatt Grand Beds along with Wi-Fi throughout the property. If you forget something, see if you can borrow, use, or buy it from Odds & Ends. Other standard amenities include remote printing, a dry bar, a hairdryer, an ironing board and iron, a minifridge, a separate workspace, a cordless speakerphone complete with voicemail, a single-serving coffee and tea maker, luxurious amenities from KenetMD, and a radio alarm clock. Work out at the 24-hour StayFit Gym, where you will find Life Fitness cardio equipment, or relax afterwards in the spa tub. When you want to explore, take advantage of the complimentary local shuttle service. Get a bite to eat at the open concept Gallery, where you will find the Coffee to Cocktails Bar as well as numerous stylish lounging areas. Get pastries and Starbucks coffee or enjoy happy hour. The day starts off with free breakfast and you can get 24/7 dining during the rest of the day between the 24/7 Gallery Menu and the 24/7 Gallery Market. Check out the Grab ‘n Go case for greens, sandwiches, and bottled beverages.

295 Lakeview Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-655-1454

6. Hilton West Palm Beach

Hilton West Palm Beach
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The Hilton West Palm Beach is an AAA Four-Diamond hotel linked to the Convention Center and close to other local attractions, like the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and CityPlace. All rooms have conveniently placed USB ports for charging, an ergonomic chair with desk, an oversized reading chair, a shower or tub, deluxe bath amenities, a coffeemaker, an in-room safe, and a Braun alarm clock. Consider a suite with a separate bedroom and living rea, sofa bed, wet bar, extra half bath, and dining table plus an extra TV. Guests can also choose the view they prefer, with options including city and pool views. Head to the fitness room so you don’t miss a workout. Spend the afternoon at the resort-style pool, alternating between swimming and resting on a chaise lounge or in a cabana. There is also poolside beverage service. Dine at Manor, where you will find farm-to-fork dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. Get a drink at Gallery and drink it there or take it outside. If you need something to snack on, stop by the convenience store, Provisions, or order room service.

600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-231-6000

7. Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas

Palm Beach Shores Resort and Vacation Villas
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This Oceanfront Resort is on Singer Island and delivers uncompromised service in a range of accommodation options. This full-service resort is filled with amenities and every room has views of Singer Island, the Atlantic Ocean, the pool, or the tropical courtyard. Accommodations have plenty of space in a two-room layout complete with a private balcony plus a fully appointed kitchen with a convection oven, microwave, cooktop, dishwasher, fridge, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, and more. Other amenities include a custom-designed oversized bath, king beds, queen sleeper sofas, 2 HD flat-screen cable TVs, DVD players, voicemail, irons, hairdryers, complimentary wireless internet, and in-room safes. Visit the nail salon and spa to get a manicure, massage, body treatment, or something else. There are always a range of activities going on, including those for younger guests as well as snorkeling, biking, wave runners, bingo, pool volleyball, water aerobics, scavenger hunts, area walking tours, and more. Guests can choose to purchase the bed and breakfast package, which includes a full made-to-order breakfast in the restaurant. Visit the Islander Grill & Tiki Bar for any meal, every day of the week.

181 Ocean Ave., Palm Beach Shores, FL, Phone: 561-863-4000

8. Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
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The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach provides guests with the height of luxury in a resort along the most expansive and beautiful beach in Palm Beach. The property has complimentary standard wireless internet and 210 guest rooms and suites inspired by beach home décor. Standard room amenities include down or hypoallergenic pillows, thick terry bathrobes, hairdryers, lighted makeup mirrors, L’Occitane bath products, plasma/LCD-screen TVs with DVD players, iHome clock radios, safes, multi-line phones, refrigerated private bars, CD clock radios, and complimentary newspapers. Guests also get to use umbrellas and enjoy the twice-daily housekeeping service and overnight shoe shine service. You can request connecting rooms, fridges, microwaves, babysitting service, a diaper genie, cribs, and swim diapers. Suites add private furnished balconies, or you can enjoy a Deluxe Oceanfront Two-Bedroom Suite. Unwind with a spa treatment or work up a sweat at the fitness center. Go for a swim in the pool, relax on the pool deck, or play at one of the two tennis courts. If you want to explore, borrow a bike with a map and safety equipment. The 24-hour business center lets you stay productive on vacation, if you want. No matter when hunger strikes, in-room dining is available 24/7. Otherwise, choose from one of three restaurants.

2800 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-582-2800

9. Palm Beach Historic Inn

Palm Beach Historic Inn
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The Palm Beach Historic Inn is just a block from the beach and is pet-friendly with personalized service; there is even a golden retriever in the lobby. Guests have in-room Keurig coffeemakers, free high-speed Wi-Fi, HDTVs, phones with free long-distance and local calls, alarm clocks with iPod/MP3 compatibility, bath amenities from Gilchrist & Soames, minifridges, irons, blackout blinds, laptop safes, and complimentary bottled water. If you want, you can opt for a two-room suite. Guests have access to a computer and printer 24/7 along with business services. There are fitness center privileges at the adjacent Palm Beach Fitness, and the option of in-room spa treatments. When you head to the beach, don’t forget to borrow some umbrellas, towels, and chairs. If you want, rent a bike right at the hotel so you can get around with ease. Enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast every morning and stop by the lobby for snacks when the urge strikes.

365 South Country Road, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-832-4009

10. Romantic Getaways in Palm Beach: The Bradley Park Hotel

Romantic Getaways in Palm Beach: The Bradley Park Hotel
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At the Bradley Park Hotel, you get contemporary luxury with classic style. There are 32 renovated suites that deliver that 1920s classic elegance and modern luxury. You will find antique furnishings, custom-embroidered European linens and towels, Persian rugs, complimentary wireless internet, coffeemakers, irons, plush bedding, pillowtop beds, hairdryers, bathrobes, air-conditioning, work desks with chairs, flat-screen TVs, free local calls, digital safes, and windows that actually open. Some accommodations also have full kitchens. The property has a Mediterranean architecture with lush gardens, a tranquil courtyard, and majestic palms for guests to enjoy. Head to the fitness room for a workout or take advantage of the business center. The on-site Trevini Restaurant is a favorite among locals as well as guests, with its tranquil courtyard fountain and gardens plus delicious Italian cuisine; registered guests get 15% off. If you just need something small, stop by the C’est Si Bon Gourmet Market.

280 Sunset Avenue, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-832-7050

11. The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach
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The accommodations at The Breakers aim to combine the comfort of home with the relaxation and experience of being away. Every single guest room and suite has luxury linens and duvets, custom furnishings, private-label toiletries, plush bathrobes, slippers, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, in-room movies, a flat-screen TV, an electronic safe, local calls, and a mini bar. Guests can also request a complimentary newspaper. Those who want a more exclusive experience can stay in one of the 25 Flagler Club rooms. Guests are welcome to enjoy the Beach Club, with its private oceanfront setup featuring 25 daytime bungalows and four pools. Workout in the 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness Center, which is both indoors and outdoors and includes complimentary fitness classes. You can also relax at the indoor-outdoor spa or in its private courtyard. The Family Entertainment Center has 6,100 square feet of indoor areas, including a video lounge, arcade, and toddler room, plus an outdoor basketball court and playground. Use one of the two championship golf courses or 10 lighted tennis courts. There are also 12 boutiques on site to shop at. Dine at one of the nine restaurants.

One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 877-724-3188

12. The Palm Beach Hotel Condominium

The Palm Beach Hotel Condominium
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The Palm Beach Hotel Condominium is just a short walk from the beach and provides guests with an upscale condo hotel. The property was built in 1926 and is in the Spanish colonial style with plenty of character. The condo suites are elegant and include studios, two-bedroom units, and everything in between. They all have kitchenettes loaded with coffeemakers, minifridges, and microwaves along with free wireless internet. Rentals can be daily, weekly, monthly, or even seasonal. Guests are welcome to relax on the covered terrace or go for a dip in the heated outdoor pool surrounded by a tropical setting. Maid service depends on the length of your stay. The location of the Palm Beach Hotel Condominium means that guests can walk to shops and restaurants, the beach, a bike trail, and more. Things to Do in West Palm Beach

235 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-659-7665

13. Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa Palm Beach

Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa Palm Beach
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The Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa provides romance, relaxation, and rest for guests to create lasting memories. There are 134 guest rooms, each of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows to show off views of the Atlantic Ocean, the property’s lush green gardens, or their one-of-a-kind outdoor cabana and pool. Enjoy the opulent sitting areas with rich dark wood, marble counterparts, and oversized desks furthering the theme. Rooms also have safes, minifridges with minibars, complimentary wireless internet, and 55-inch flat-screen TVs. Consider a room with a private balcony. Tideline is right along the beach and has deluxe chaise lounge chairs, beach-side drink and snack service, umbrellas, and more. Opt for a dip in the pool or hot tub or just sunbathe on the patio. Rent a private cabana with excellent appointments for a special day. The award-winning Tideline Spa has seven spa rooms and 6,000 square feet for facials, manicures, massages, and more. Or work up a sweat at the state-of-the-art fitness center with individual TVs on the equipment. Enjoy fresh sushi al-fresco at Mizu or try a seasonal specialty on the chef-driven menu at Brandon’s Palm Beach.

2842 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-540-6700

14. Palm Beach Waterfront Suites

Palm Beach Waterfront Suites
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Palm Beach Waterfront Suites are along the Intracoastal Waterway, delivering panoramic views from all the waterfront suites. Choose from a one or two-bedroom suite or a two-bedroom townhouse. The suites have fully equipped kitchens, full-size baths with overhead showers, garden or balcony terraces, sofa beds, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and cable, CD players, clock radios, and irons. Accommodations can sleep up to four or six adults comfortably, depending on the style of unit you choose. Two-bedroom accommodations have en suite bathrooms for extra privacy. The property can connect you with everything you need to get on the water, from deep sea fishing to exploring canals on a range of vessels. The Palm Beach Waterfront Suites are also incredibly close to shopping and golf, and they offer bike rentals. Visit Benny’s on the Beach for delicious food in a casual relaxed atmosphere; the fourth Friday of the month includes bonfires on the beach.

3031 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-586-8898

15. Courtyard by Marriott West Palm Beach

Courtyard by Marriott West Palm Beach
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The Courtyard West Palm Beach is conveniently located close to major roads and attractions. The modern accommodations have ergonomic workspaces, complimentary wireless internet, air conditioning, windows that can open, a sitting area, hairdryers, oversized chairs, shower/tub combinations, irons, instant hot water, coffeemakers, and minifridges. Use the speaker phone with voicemail or watch the flat-screen TV with cable/satellite, HBO, ESPN, CNN, and movies. Choose from a room with two queen beds, a king and a sofa bed, or two doubles. Suites add a separate living room with a privacy wall. Guests can use the theater lounge to watch a favorite show or sporting event. Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool or get in a traditional workout in the fitness center 24/7. Begin the day at the bistro with hearty breakfast choices and Starbucks coffee or go there for dinner along with cocktails, wine, and beer. You can enjoy a continental or full American breakfast depending on your mood.

600 Northpoint Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL, Phone: 561-640-9000

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More Ideas: Norton Museum of Art

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida was founded in 1941 and has since become internationally renowned for its impressive permanent collection. Even the Museum’s structure, designed by the distinguished Marion Sims Wyeth, of Wyeth & King, is a fine example of late Art Deco/ Neo-Classical architecture.

The museum has grown to become a significant cultural and artistic institution in Florida, not only for its permanent collections, but for its temporary exhibitions, as well. In addition to admiring the 7,000+ piece collection, including masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Pollock and O’Keefe, visitors can also participate in special events, lectures, tours and programs for adults and children alike.

The Museum’s founders, Ralph Hubbard Norton (1875-1953) and his wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton (1881-1947), were active art collectors and enthusiasts at the turn of the twentieth century. Mr. Norton, originally a steel industrialist from Chicago, began to spend his winters in Palm Beach beginning in the mid-1930s.

Having already developed a sizeable collection of both painting and sculpture by that point in time, the Nortons began to explore the potential for sharing their passion with the public. In 1940, work began on the Norton Gallery and School of Art in West Palm Beach. It grew in both reputation and collection, with acquisitions continuing after Norton’s death in 1953, including significant contributions to the American collection. Today, decades later, and having recently completed a $60 million renovation and expansion, the Norton Museum of Art continues to serve the over 100,000 visitors it receives annually.

The permanent collections at the museum span not only the globe, but many centuries and mediums, as well. These include the American Collection, the Chinese Collection, the Contemporary Collection, the European Collection and the Photography Collections. These comprise the bulk of work at the museum, providing something for every visitor’s preference or interest.

American Art

Museum founder Ralph Norton had a particular interest in American Art, wanting to highlight the art and history of his time. The Museum’s American Art collection reflects this passion, with over 1,000 works from American artists including Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Demuth, John Marin and Robert Motherwell. The works date from the mid-1700s to the mid-1900s, creating a journey through American history from the Revolution through to the modern era.

The collection includes not only a vast number of paintings, but significant sculptural works as well, including a Paul Manship piece, Diana and Actaeon, which was commissioned for the façade of the building. The collection continued to grow after Norton’s death, with a significant gift of 19 works from Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum as recently as 2005.

Chinese Art

With more than 600 pieces spanning several centuries, the Chinese Collection at the Norton Museum of Art is a robust exhibit. Originally just 125 works, the collection has grown considerably through the years. One of the most noteworthy pieces, a gift from Mr. Norton, is a bronze cast Ritual Wine Pouring Vessel dating back 3200 years. More recent works in the exhibit include hardstone carvings from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Other contributions to the collection include art donations and a gallery for the rotating displays, sponsored by John and Heidi Niblack. These works contributed to the overall collection, creating an expansive exhibit for visitors to enjoy.

Contemporary Art

Showcasing a wide array of different styles, shapes, textures and mediums, the Contemporary Art collection at the Museum creates a modern visual adventure. These works reflect not only the artists themselves, but also the time in which they live. Many donations of funds and works to the collection have helped it to grow and expand over the years, and include works by Lucio Fontana, Yinka Shonibare and Nick Cave. The growth of the collection over the years reflects not only the enthusiasm for Contemporary art by founder Ralph Norton, but also the generosity of patrons.

European Art

Works in the Museum’s European collection span centuries, from 1450 all the way through to the modernism of the twentieth century. The collection includes works from such seminal artists as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso, while also recognizing great classical masters Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyke. With pieces representing such a vast time frame, and from such influential artists, the collection covers every significant artistic movement from the Renaissance through to Modernism. Showcasing paintings as well as sculpture, the exhibit is a highlight as much for art history amateurs as it is for aficionados.


With more than 3,000 photographs in the collection, the Norton Museum of Art houses a thorough representation of this medium. The exhibit emphasizes contemporary international work, with examples from photographers including Tacita Dean, Jeff Wall and Hiroshi Sugimoto. It also includes work by masters of European Modernism such as August Sander and Alexander Rodchenko. Covering nearly every imaginable subject in black, white and Technicolor, the Photography Collection peaks the mind and imagination.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum also features changing or temporary exhibitions. These fleeting showings enable the Museum to continue to evolve, always offering something new and intriguing to its guests. Past exhibitions include Women Modernists in New York; Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades; Monet’s Nympheas 1914-1917 (Water Lilies); Annie Leibovitz; and many, many more. Exhibitions typically change every few months and cover every manner of topic, idea and art. Some temporary installations are fitted right into the museum structure, seemingly permanent artwork built into the very building, but gone in just a few months. Information on upcoming exhibitions can be found at the Museum website.

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Programs and Events

The Norton Museum of Art is a year round hub of activities and experiences. On-going programs create opportunities for unique and enriching experiences for all. The Art After Dark program takes place weekly after normal Museum hours, offering attendees a mixture of art, music, film and food. Activities can include docent led tours, workshops, and demonstrations of art, culture and entertainment. The Family Studio at the Museum creates an enriching and interactive environment for families with children. These often comprise weekly events on a topic such as a popular children’s book or do-it-yourself art workshops.

The offerings are not just for kids, however, with an extensive range of adult programming, such as A Close Look, which offers in depth discussion about a masterpiece at the museum. The Exhibition Lecture Series features a talk from a scholar, artist or curator specifically related to a special or temporary exhibition. Annual summer camp tours are available throughout the summer months, for campers ages six to twelve. The 50 minute programs take kids on a detective adventure through the museum. Public and private tours are also available for individuals, schools, or colleges.

Events at the Museum vary throughout the year. The Live at Norton event series brings art and music together with classical and jazz music performances at the Museum. The annual Chinese Moon Festival is a yearly celebration of the Chinese collection. It typically includes performances by the Florida State Chinese Music Ensemble and Chinese painting demonstrations. Traditional Chinese mooncakes and tea are typically served to engage all the senses in the experience. The Annual Gala is a yearly fundraising event and ball at the Museum. Other events vary and can include concerts, jewelry shows and more.

The Norton Museum of Art is located in the downtown West Palm Beach area, with parking access across the street. Museum hours vary, are slightly atypical from most museums and as such, visitors are advised to check the website prior to arrival. Various programs and events are held throughout the week and can vary with time and seasonality, but provide a more enriching experiences for guests. The Museum website provides additional information on these activities. Public tours are also available throughout the day and are included with Museum admission.


More than just exhibitions and collections, the Norton Museum of Art also engages in art outreach and education. Its Progressive Afterschool Art Community Education (PACE) program, creates and provides opportunities for children in underserved communities to experience art and culture. PACE works with partners such as the Boys and Girls Club, who host the program. Through PACE, children create art projects, tour the Museum, and learn about not only visual art, but art history, music and literature, as well. The program also provides structure to the children’s live through safe and consistent delivery.

In addition to the PACE program, the Museum also engages in showcasing and promoting children’s art. Through the Bernard and Chris Marden Community Gallery, the Museum displays six student art exhibitions each year. Artists from all grade levels are represented, and typically include works from two dozen students. The exhibit also showcases works from the Museum’s summer interns. This community gallery boosts confidence and self-esteem of young artists, who gleefully experience seeing their work framed, mounted and appreciated on the Museum’s walls.

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1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Phone: 561-832-5196

More Ideas: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

With a mission to “Open every mind to science”, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach, Florida accomplishes just that, with a focus on science of the natural world. Attracting over 200,000 visitors per year, including tens of thousands of public and private school children, the Center provides an interactive learning environment for all who visit.

Just a few miles from downtown Palm Beach and all the fun of beach life, the convenient location makes it easy to incorporate science into any vacation or leisure day. As educational as the exhibits are exciting, the Center offers an aquarium, planetarium, observatory and temporary exhibits to pique the mind and imagination.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has a vibrant past, full of growth, expansion and service to the community. Since its 1959 founding by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Center has served more than five million visitors. Originally known as the South Florida Science Museum, doors opened in 1961, offering exhibits focusing on nature and natural history. The Museum grew rapidly, opening a planetarium in 1964 dedicated by and named for astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

From there, growth continued, doubling in size by 1971. The Center’s evolution continued through the 1980s, with a substantial renovation of the theater and planetarium. 2012 saw more renovation, after $6 million in funds were raised for the construction of a 6,000 square foot aquarium space, which includes Aquariums of the Atlantic and River of Grass, the Center’s Everglade Exhibit. This interactive space also includes a NOAA Science on a Sphere exhibit and a student showcase for local science fair projects from the Palm Beach School District.

The name was changed at this time to incorporate the new features, becoming the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. With a subsequent renovation of Discovery Hall, the continuously improving and evolving Center now provides an upgraded theater and new science laboratory which cultivate interest in the sciences.

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The Aquarium at the South Florida Science Center is comprised of two main areas. Half the space is dedicated to the Aquariums of the Atlantic gallery and the other half to the River of Grass Everglades Exhibit, which is dedicated to exploration of these special ecosystems in Florida. The exceptional exhibits on display include specific highlights from the Atlantic, including native Florida sea life such as eels, sharks, stingrays, seahorses and Queen Angels.

Visitors will want to be sure to explore the Coral Reef Tank, with its unusual layout that allows guests to feel as though they surrounded by fish, swimming right along with them. The Shipwreck Cove exhibit focuses in on predators of the Atlantic Waters, darting in and out from a simulated shipwreck. Other highlights of the Aquarium include tanks devoted to Venomous Beauties, Hidden Creatures, Seahorse Corral and Jewels of the Sea.

The Touch Tank allows visitors to get up close and interact with undersea specimens. In addition to exploring the tanks, visitors can enhance their visit through live aquarium feedings, alligator pettings, touch tank demonstrations or the shark tooth lab. Times and days vary for these interactive events, so it is recommended to review the website prior to visiting the aquarium to optimize the visit.

Featuring the only digital planetarium in Palm Beach County, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium offers visitors a variety of shows in an immersive setting. The Planetarium currently offers eight different films ranging from 20 to 40 minutes each. Solar System Odyssey take viewers on an adventure through the solar system and is recommended for audiences over the age of ten.

Astronaut, narrated by Ewan McGregor, takes the viewer through a journey to inner and outer space, told from the perspective of the astronaut, including the experience of a rocket launch from inside the astronaut’s body. The award winning Back to the Moon for Good follows the stories of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, in which teams compete to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon. The competition, designed to invigorate interest in space exploration, makes for an intriguing story told at the Planetarium.

Cosmic Collisions explores the explosive results of celestial encounters, from the end of the dinosaurs to human life on Earth. Bringing the aquarium into the planetarium, Sea Monsters – a Prehistoric Adventure is a National Geographic production drawing together paleontological digs to explore the ancient ocean world. Other films on view include Night Skies over Palm Beach and One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,a movie for the younger science enthusiasts in the crowd.Infinity Express is a journey of discovery mapping the universe, narrated by Laurence Fishburne. Planetarium shows are not included with admission; guests are advised to review the Center’s website for show times and ticket prices.


While the Planetarium offers visitors the chance to view the cosmos in an enveloping and immersive digital dome screen, the Observatory provides eager scientists the opportunity to view the celestial bodies themselves. At Nights at the Museum, amateur astronomers can explore the night sky through the Center’s massive telescope. The upgraded equipment used by the Observatory enables visitors to see celestial objects not otherwise available to the naked eye. The Meade LX600 telescope includes a computer and GPS which scans the stars; mounted on top is a Coronado Solar Scope, allowing viewers to look directly at the sun without need for additional specialty glasses.

Temporary Exhibits

In addition to the aforementioned permanent exhibits, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium also features interactive temporary exhibits. These changing exhibitions keep the Center growing and evolving, enabling guests to experience something new with every visit. Recent exhibits include Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, which featured a huge “Tour du Nose” to explore the nasal cavity and its features, and the hilarious “Burp Machine”, which mimics the build of up gases to release a huge belch. Other past exhibitions have included Eww! What’s Eating You? and an interactive Mobile Learning Adventure.

In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibits, the Center also offers a variety of events and programs to enhance visitors’ experiences. Nights at the Museum, offered monthly, allows participants to explore the Center after hours. These themed events include crafts, activities, entertainment, shows and night sky viewing. The GEMS Club, Girls Excelling in Math and Science, is another monthly activity which encourages exploration and discovery in the world of math and science for girls in grades three through eight. Food and refreshments are provided at these themed evenings.

The Center not only provides these ongoing series, but also hosts a variety of limited time event offerings. These include the Science on Tap Series, held at a local brew house, during which attendees listen to the latest trends in science from a world-class scientist, while enjoying their favorite beverage. Other events, such as the Science of Chocolate 2016, or Nine and Wine, a nine-hole golf event, complete with refreshments and prizes are also hosted throughout the year. Ticket sales benefit the Center’s conservation efforts. Family events include Tech Sleepovers, offered periodically, or the Young Maker Workshops, a week of workshops inspiring attendees to build, create and innovate at the Science Center. The calendar of events on the Center’s website provides scheduling and date information for all of these events and programs, as well as links to details and ticket prices.


A primary focus of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, education takes shape in many forms and offerings. These include programs, events, and even online resources through its “Anytime, Anywhere Science” program. Through these offerings, the Center reaches 75,000 students each year, delivering its missionto open every mind to science. Programs include parent and child classes, homeschool programs, science camps, science sleep overs and the Hack Shack Tech Club, a special club for fifth through eighth graders to explore the science of computer programming and technology. The newest educational offering, the FIRST LEGO League, give kids the opportunity to build their very own Lego robots, and compete in robot task competitions. The Center has sent teams the last two years, earning awards and recognition in the competition.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is open daily. As times vary, guests are advised to visit the website prior to arrival, where they can also find special discounts, deals, and passes. The Center is easily accessible from several freeways, with parking available onsite. While at the Center, visitors can also visit the Science Center Store, with items such as toys, science kits, and even astronaut ice cream.

The WT Café provides nutritious offerings, including freshly made, kid-friendly foods that encourage healthy eating. The Café Mission, to make fresh nutritious and exciting food for every child everywhere, is also being delivered in several schools throughout Palm Beach County. Providing astronomical adventures to amazing aquarium explorations, the South Florida Science Center and Museum is a fun and family-friendly activity.

4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405, Phone: 561 832-1988