Idyllic weather, perennial beach days and a plethora of outdoor activities make Palm Beach a treasured destination for visitors and residents alike. However its proximity to the vast ocean and warm sunshine make rain in the summer months a certainty. The good news is, storms are typically brief, never very cold, and frequently followed by more sun. Having some indoor activities planned when the rain arrives will keep your downtime on track. According to The Official Tourism Marketing Corporation for Palm Beach County, below are the top 10 things to do in Palm Beach county when it rains.
1. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach
While you might have to wear a poncho and watch for puddles, a trip to the beautiful Palm Beach Zoo is rewarding when you brave the rain. Designed with several sheltered displays, the zoo provides encounters with a wide range of exotic animals. The zoo even offers a “Rainy Day To Do List” on its website, plus rain means the animals will be more active and visible, making for a special experience … if you’re willing to dodge a few raindrops.
2. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4810 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach
Packed with interesting hands-on displays of all types, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium offers hours of learning and discovery away from the raindrops. Traveling national exhibitions often fill the main hall, while the Dekelboum Planetarium offers an intimate journey to the stars. Kids receive “edu-tainment” at the Aquariums of the Atlantic. Continuing the theme of combining entertainment with education, a challenging mini-golf course, the popular “Conservation Course,” is available after the rain clouds part.
3. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth
Throughout the year, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County hosts family-friendly activities at their gallery building in Lake Worth, such as toddler yoga classes, hands-on workshops for your little artist and even a gallery tour for early learners for children 18 months to 6 years of age (with an accompanying adult). Be sure to visit their website to learn about the latest experiences available to keep your crew entertained, rain or shine.
4. Boca Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Boulevard, Boca Raton
One of the area’s first museums dedicated to kids, the Boca Children’s Museum is dedicated to broadening children’s awareness of the world around them. Exhibits include Charlie’s Storytelling Tent, a child-sized grocery store, and the Wanna Be Center, where kids get to dress up like community helpers like firefighters, police and bankers. Boca Children’s Museum is perfect for keeping young ones entertained.
5. The Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
A little museum filled with big-league art! The Cornell Art Museum presents a small-town feeling inside a restored 1913 school building, but the art feels like the big city. The space is filled with innovative and provocative art. Cutting-edge works created by regional, national and internationally acclaimed artists fill the space, making an interesting and inspiring break from the rain.
6. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armor’s Way, Jupiter
Even on a cloudy day, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is inspiring and iconic. While climbing the lighthouse steps might be something to reserve for a sunny day, there are some rainy-day things to see while you’re there. Housed in a World War II-era building nearby is the history museum. With exhibits looking back over 5,000 years of life on the nearby Loxahatchee River, you will learn this area was a center of human activity long before the first explorers set foot in North America. Come back and tour the lighthouse when the sun comes out!
7. Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach
Internationally known for its distinguished collection of art and photography from around the world, the Norton presents exhibits and programs for nearly every cultural taste. A new addition recently opened with a 210-seat auditorium and 12,000 extra square feet for exhibitions.
8. The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Visitors are often surprised by how rich the history of The Palm Beaches really is. This converted 1916 courthouse holds rooms of displays and memorabilia, telling the story of the area’s earliest days, from the first pioneers through the development of the exciting communities that dot the destination.
9. The Silverball Museum, 19 NE 3rd Avenue, Delray Beach
Featuring more than 150 video games and pinball machines dating as far back as the 1930s, this museum brings a bit of nostalgia to visitors, evoking childhood memories for adults while creating memories for newer generations. The 9,000-square-foot museum offers classic video games such as Ms. Pac-Man, two floors of pinball machines, arcade games and even the original skeeball alleys from New York’s Coney Island – Eldorado Arcade. The best part about it is that all the games are set to free play, which means unlimited plays are included in your admission.
10. Yesteryear Village, South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
Fun can also be found at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. A collection of authentic homes and buildings dating to the early 20th century, Yesteryear Village brings Florida’s past to life with costumed hosts and exhibitions of pioneer life. Learn how The Palm Beaches’ first residents lived without central air conditioning, or even internet! Keep an umbrella handy as you walk between buildings, but much of the fun is under shelter.
So there you have it, what to do in Palm Beach county when it rains. Ready to get moving? Reach out for a consultation.