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Planning and preparing for a vacation with children can be stressful. If you’re looking for the perfect South Florida getaway, you’ll encounter some of the best family activities in West Palm Beach!
It’s not easy appeasing picky eaters, piquing the interest of bored teenagers, and making sure you get lots of great photos to savor all the memories. Rest assured, you and the kids will stay busy. Whether you’re catching waves at the beach, interacting with nature at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, shopping til you drop, or simply enjoying a scoop of gourmet ice cream, you’re in for the family vacation of your dreams!
You can find more exciting activities that everyone can enjoy in our thoughtful Insider’s Guide to Palm Beach County!
Family Activities in West Palm Beach
1. Catch Some Waves
What’s a Florida vacation without soaking up some sun? Hit the beach for a fun day full of sand and waves. Adventurous families might enjoy renting water sports equipment for kayaking or paddleboarding in the ocean. Others may prefer taking it easy. Stroll along the beach, search for seashells, and spend quality time with your family.
2. Discover the Science Center and Aquarium
If you’re racking your brain for indoor things to do on a rainy day, consider a visit to the Science Center and Aquarium. You can do almost anything at this family attraction from learning all about Florida’s marine life at the aquarium to playing on their mini-golf course to admiring anomalies in the night sky at the planetarium and observatory. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn, explore, and enjoy each other’s company.
3. Embark on a Safari Adventure
If you’re not afraid to walk on the wild side, venture to Lion Country Safari and embark on a thrilling escapade. Spot over 1,000 animals on your expedition from giant tortoises and curious wild cats to playful chimps and towering giraffes. Drive through the safari and make sure to stop for the walk-through park.
4. Make a Big Splash at WPB’s Water Parks
Dive into all the wild rides and water slides at one of West Palm Beach’s water parks, including Rapids Water Park! The kids will love flying down steep slides and into the deep pools of water below. Relax and float down the lazy river or ride the waves of the wave pool!
5. Meet Sea Cows at Manatee Lagoon
For a truly unique experience, make plans to check out the Manatee Lagoon. Learn about Florida’s native sea cows. Interact with hands-on exhibits, observe migrational patterns, and watch as manatees play in their natural habitat!
6. Shop ‘Til You Drop and Enjoy Ice Cream at Rosemary Square
Rosemary Square has an array of phenomenal restaurants, stores, and exciting entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Stop for a scoop of ice cream at Sloan’s or play arcade games at Revolutions. On occasion, you’ll also encounter various free family-friendly events! It’s an ideal spot to hang out when you’re exploring downtown West Palm Beach.
More Family-Friendly Ideas
- Observe sea turtles at Loggerhead MarineLife Center on Juno Beach
- Go fishing on Peanut Island
- Jet Ski on Riviera Beach
- Discover exotic animals at the Palm Beach Zoo
- Experience a Diva Duck Boat Tour
In addition to all the fun family activities and things to do in West Palm Beach, you’ll also find some of the most comfortable vacation rentals in Florida! Our cottages at Casa Grandview offer all the comforts of home. They allow for ample space and privacy that families need to make the most of their getaway. Take a dip in our property’s pool, walk down to the beach, and take advantage of our luxurious amenities. We look forward to your visit!