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- Disney World – Orlando, Florida 1180 Seven Seas Dr. Lake Buena Vista, Fl. 407-939-5277
The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. The resort is the flagship destination of Disney’s worldwide corporate enterprise. Opened on October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million people annually. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a division of The Walt Disney Company. It was initially operated by Walt Disney World Company. The property covers 27,258 acres (43 sq mi; 110 km2), housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot in 1982, Hollywood Studios in 1989, and the most recent, Animal Kingdom in 1998. Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s. “The Florida Project”, as it was known, was intended to present a distinct vision with its own diverse set of rides. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, before construction began.
- The Breakers – Palm Beach, Florida. 1 S. County Road Palm Beach, Florida 561-655-6611 AAA FIVE DIAMOND – A luxury oceanfront hotel and one of America’s legendary resort destinations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the modern-classic resort exhibits a timeless atmosphere that reflects the elegant comforts and personalization of a grand residence, but energized with a youthful, family-minded philosophy. With the commitment of its original ownership, capital expenditures averaging $30 million a year are reinvested in The Breakers for the long term, to ensure the resort remains appealing to future generations. Distinguished as a AAA Five Diamond property, the resort has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community service and the quality of life it provides to its employees.
- Spring Training – Roger Dean Stadium Jupiter, Florida 4751 Main St. Jupiter, Florida 561-775-1818 Spring Training is quite possibly one of the greatest, and most anticipated times of year! …and Florida doesn’t disappoint, with the Florida Marlins & St. Louis Cardinals sharing a facility at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida. Up close and personal, with spectacular Florida weather…Spring Training is a must for all baseball fans!!! Locally, baseball tradition rich West Palm Beach will finally host Major League Spring Training again! The Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros will share a brand new facility! Nearby, the New York Mets are located in Port St. Lucie. the Baltimore Orioles are down in Ft. Lauderdale. On Florida’s west coast, the winningest team in Major League Baseball history, the New York Yankees, are located at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The Red Sox are in Ft. Myers, the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida. The Atlanta Braves are in Orlando, The Philadelphia Phillies are in Clearwater, Florida. Click here for more Spring Training information…
- Sunfest, Florida 100 South Ocean Blvd. Manalapan, Fl. 888-306-4894 5 DAYS 3 STAGES 50 BANDS Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 175,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons have a positive impact on the local economy. SunFest is produced by SunFest of Palm Beach County, Inc., a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. SunFest of Palm Beach County, Inc. consists of a 22-member board of directors; 25 committees; more than 2,000 volunteers; a full time, year-round staff of 10; and approximately 80 corporate sponsors. SunFest is funded in part by the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council through the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. SunFest is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council. SunFest takes place in downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue. Other Festivals: Okeechobee Music Festival, ArtisGras-Jupiter, Delray Art Festival, IrishFest, GreekFest, ItalianFest, South Florida Fair.
- International Polo Club – 3667 120th Avenue South Wellington, Florida 561-204-5687 The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well‐equipped polo facility. The 2016 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 3, and will conclude 17 weeks later with the USPA 112th U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 24. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes.
- Flagler Museum, and Local Museums – Flagler Museum:
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. Other amazing Museums: Flagler Museum-Palm Beach, South Florida Science Museum-West Palm Beach, Morikami Museum & Gardens-Boca Raton, Norton Museum of Art-West Palm Beach, President Kennedy Cold War Bunker-Peanut Island, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: Miami Science Museum, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Castle Museum, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Museum of Discovery & Science, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Key West Museums: Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Truman Little White House,
- Morikami – Delray Beach, Florida – 4000 Morikami Park Rd. Delray Beach, Fl, 561-495-0233
Visitors are surprised to discover a century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. It is here that a group of young Japanese farmers created a community intended to revolutionize agriculture in Florida. In 1904, Jo Sakai, a recent graduate of New York University, returned to his homeland of Miyazu, Japan, to organize a group of pioneering farmers and lead them to what is now northern Boca Raton. With the help of the Model Land Company, a subsidiary of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad, they formed a farming colony they named Yamato, an ancient name for Japan. Ultimately, the results of their crop experimentation were disappointing and the Yamato Colony fell far short of its goals. By the 1920s the community, which had never grown beyond 30 to 35 individuals, finally surrendered its dream. One by one, the families left for other parts of the United States or returned to Japan. The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, our world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas. In 2001, Morikami completed a major garden expansion and renovation. The new gardens reflect major periods of Japanese garden design, from the eighth to the 20th century, and serve as an outdoor extension of the museum. According to the garden designer, Hoichi Kurisu, each garden is intended to express the character and ideas of a unique counterpart in Japan without attempting to duplicate those gardens, and seamlessly flow together as one garden. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with its unique gardens and collections, is one of Palm Beach County’s most treasured cultural attractions. Located in a tranquil natural setting, Morikami invites visitors to explore its many facets and discover Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan.
NASA – Kennedy Space Center – 866-737-5235 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex introduces Heroes & Legends, a new immersive experience that celebrates the brave men and women of America’s fledgling space program. Relive the stories of NASA’s pioneering astronauts and discover why they chose to launch into the great unknown. Their stories have the power to ignite heroism within us all. Heroes & Legends seeks to inspire new generations of space explorers, while serving as a compelling prologue to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guest experience.
- Palm Beach Zoo – West Palm Beach, Florida 1301 Summit Blvd. WPB, Fl. 561-547-9453 –
The Palm Beach Zoo had its beginnings in the 1950s when Paul Dreher, Parks Director for the City of West Palm Beach, developed a lush botanical garden in what was then known as Bacon Park. Dreher decided to add a “barnyard petting zoo” for the children of the community. Using just $18 of his own money, he opened his zoo with two ducks, a couple of chickens, a goose, and a goat. The collection was located on just one and one-half acres, and became known as the Dreher Park Zoo. The attraction soon became a favorite place for families, and the collection grew to include many more animals. In 1969, a group of committed citizens created the non-profit Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches and assumed responsibility for operating the Zoo. The Zoo began charging a twenty-five-cent adult admission in 1970 and within 18 months attendance reached 125,000 visitors. In 1971, the Zoo expanded to its current size of 23 acres, and continued to increase the animal collection. 1971 also marked the arrival of Toppy, a 12-year-old Asian elephant, purchased for 1,000 books of “Top Value” trading stamps collected by the children and families of West Palm Beach. With the consistent and generous support of the community, the Zoo has grown to be one of South Florida’s best-loved attractions, and one of the best small zoos in the nation.
- Kravis Center – West Palm Beach, Florida 701 Okeechobee Blvd. WPB, Fl. 561-832-7469
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. True to the spirit in which it was created, the Center is expanding programming by initiating projects on local, national and international levels. The world-class Kravis Center opened fully funded, with a total construction cost of $100 million dollars. Of the $100 million raised, a remarkable $82 million was from private sources, individuals and corporations, and $18 million from governmental sources. The Kravis Center is a success story that provides communities worldwide with an example of a thriving performing arts center and a major community and economic catalyst. Set on 10.6 acres of property at the highest point in the city, the Kravis Center includes four venues — the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, the flexible 289-seat Rinker Playhouse, the 170-seat Helen K. Persson Hall and the outdoor Michael and Andrew Gosman Amphitheatre with a capacity for 1,400 patrons. The Center’s Cohen Pavilion houses the Weiner Banquet Center, The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center and The Elmore Family Business Center for the Arts, along with a five-level parking garage.
- Since 1947 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre is a 20,000-seat open-air (Approx. 8,000 seats under cover and approx. 12,000 lawn seats) music venue in West Palm Beach, Florida. The facility, owned by the South Florida Fairgrounds, is a modern amphitheater used primarily for concerts and performances. The loading dock and backstage area is sometimes used for concerts that are general admission standing room only, while the amphitheatre stage is used as the backstage area in these situations. Other notable venues: Kravis Center-West Palm Beach, Royal Room @ The Colony-Palm Beach, BB&T Center – Ft. Lauderdale, Hard Rock Casino Hollywood, Fl., Broward County Performing Arts Center-Ft. Lauderdale. . Concert Venues – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida 601 Sansbury Way West Palm Beach, Florida 561-795-8883 –
- Theater of the Sea – Swim with the Dolphins Islamorada, Florida 84721 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, Florida 305-664-2431 Our mission is to provide a wonderful home for our animals while sharing them with visitors in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environment, and conservation issues. At Theater of the Sea watch up close and personal DOLPHIN SHOWS, sea lion shows, parrot shows, and much more! A pioneer in animal interactive programs, at Theater of the Sea you can…SWIM WITH A DOLPHIN… SWIM WITH A SEA LION… Wade, Meet and Paint with a Dolphin… Meet and Paint with a Sea Lion… Swim with the Rays… Swim with the Sharks… and Meet the Sea Turtles! Our 30 minute dolphin swims include BOTH trained behaviors like dorsal tows, kisses, and hugs as well as swimming and snorkeling with dolphins. We offer a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to our dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, guided marine life tour, lagoon-side beach, and bottomless boat ride. Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds.
- President Kennedy Bunker – Palm Beach, Florida 2800 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida 561-582-2800 –
As the Kennedy family vacationed minutes away at the Palm Beach compound known as the Winter White House, the shelter’s main chamber sat ready at a moment’s notice with 15 sets of bunk beds, a desk for the president and a conference table. The heavily protected hideaway, fully stocked with military K rations, barrels of water and radiation detection kits, could serve as home for 30 of Kennedy’s family and key staff for a month in the event of a nuclear attack. “They tested bringing him here,” said Anthony Miller, general manager of Palm Beach Maritime Museum, which maintains the shelter. “It was 10 minutes from his front door on Palm Beach to here.” Shortly before Kennedy took office in January 1961, Navy Seabees undertook “Operation Hotel” and in 10 days piled 25 feet of earth, lead and concrete above the corrugated steel bunker. Half a century after Kennedy’s assassination during a Dallas motorcade, his memory lingers in Palm Beach. From his boyhood on, Kennedy’s family was a fixture in the ritzy, oceanside enclave where billionaire investors rub shoulders with wealthy entertainers such as singer Jimmy Buffett.
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – 1 Seminole Way Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 866-502-7529
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s ultimate destination for fun and entertainment. If you’re ready to escape, we’re ready to customize your rock star experience.
Our AAA Four-Diamond rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood offers 469 rock star suites, signature and award-winning restaurants, a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live arena featuring performances from today’s most popular musicians and comedy acts, a 4.5 acre tropical pool oasis & Beach Club, a full-service Rock Spa, fitness center, high-energy nightlife, boutique shopping and convention space.
- Ocean Fishing Charters REEL LUCKY – Palm Beach, Florida 561-801-3995 Make the most of your charter experience aboard the REEL LUCKY, a 31′ center console contender rigged for tournament grade angling that the whole family will Enjoy. Master Captain Tore Turney will show you a deep sea fishing charter experience that will last a lifetime. The convienent proximity of the Gulfstream to the Palm Beach inlet allows for a wide variety of fishing opportunities year round both inshore and offshore that unprecedented anywhere else in the world. Such pelagic species as Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Cobia, amberjack and Kingfish as well as such inshore/near shore species as Snapper, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, African Pompano and sharks of all variety prosper in the warm waters of Palm Beach, and will certainly make your experience one to remember. Other notable Captains: Greg Bogdan, Sailfish Marina
- Jupiter Lighthouse – Jupiter, Florida – 500 Captain Armours Way Jupiter, Fl. 561-747-8380 At the confluence of the Indian and Loxahatchee Rivers at the Jupiter Inlet, the 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse crowns 120 acres of nationally significant property surrounded by urban development and busy waterways. Long considered a local treasure, our organization partnered with local governments, Congressional representatives, community members and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide long range protection of this important slice of Florida wilderness. Operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, the waterfront lighthouse, museum and grounds feature 5,000 years of regional history. In addition to offering climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse, we are the proud site of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, National Conservation Lands.
- Everglades/Alligator Tours – The natural beauty of the Everglades Tours is nothing short of breathtaking, and you’ll want to capture it on film – otherwise, you’ll hardly believe your eyes! The Florida Everglades offer a unique and unbeatable experience for budding photographers, or even just camera-happy tourists. With up-close-and-personal encounters with a variety of species, you’ll leave the wetlands with a bundle of memories captured in unbelievable sights. Along with its large populations of alligators, crocodiles, panthers, and manatees, the Everglades are also home to otters, snakes, raccoons, and over 350 species of birds. Some of the most rare and endangered species in the United States live here – and with West Palm Beach Airboat Tours, you can come face to face with these threatened treasures. Other notables: West Palm Beach Airboat Tours, Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, Visit Florida-Everglades Information, Gator Park-Miami.
- Key West Southernmost Point, The Southernmost Point Buoy is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida marking the southernmost point in the continental United States. The large painted buoy is a tourist attraction established in 1983 by the city at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street. Cuba is 90 miles south of this point in Key West. The southernmost point was originally just marked with a small sign, which was often moved or taken, the City of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. Today it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Key West. Other notable Key West Attractions: Hemingway House, Conch Train Tours,
- Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – 2500 Jupiter Park Dr. Jupiter, Florida 561-575-3399
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary…more than just a place to see animals, it’s a real wildlife adventure! The Sanctuary offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Florida’s wildlife and natural environments. This unique refuge combines a nature center with a wildlife hospital. Nature trails lead visitors through pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, and cypress wetlands. Along the trails are wildlife habitats exhibiting a variety of native animals from eagles to panthers, crocodiles, foxes, snakes, bears, and more. Bring the whole family for a real wild experience.
- Butterfly World -3600 West Sample Rd. Pompano Beach,Florida 954-977-4400
Butterfly World is the result of one man’s hobby gone wild. Born of Dutch immigrants, Ronald Boender grew up in Illinois and had always had a fascination with butterflies, beginning with the cabbage whites, black swallowtails and silk moths he found while growing up on his father’s farm. He moved to Florida in 1968, and after retiring from a successful career as an electrical engineer, he decided to actively pursue his interest in butterflies, beginning by raising local butterflies and butterfly food plants in small numbers at his home. When he learned there was a market for “farmed” butterflies for sale to Universities and Zoos, Boender established MetaScience Co., a commercial butterfly farm, in 1984. The staff at MetaScience produced up to 1000 butterfly pupa per week, and established methods of butterfly rearing that are still in use at Butterfly World. During this time, Boender also learned of attractions called “butterfly houses” springing up overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom. Intrigued by the possibilities, He went to England in 1985, and met Clive Farrell, founder and owner of the London Butterfly House. They became friends, and soon partners in the venture that became Butterfly World, the first butterfly house in the United States, and the largest in the world. Opening day was March 28, 1988, with Butterfly World encompassing 3 acres of butterfly aviaries, botanical gardens and the working butterfly farm and research center that Boender had worked years to establish. In the years that have followed, the park has expanded to include the 2 additional aviaries for a rainbow of birds and hummingbirds, an interactive lorikeet encounter, as well as a skilled aviculture care and research staff to support these endeavors.
- Christmas Boat Parade – Palm Beach County – 561-863-0012
Don’t miss the festivities and extended fireworks at Riverwalk Events Plaza and Harbourside Place in Jupiter for some of the BEST public viewing! The grand finale will take place at the Jupiter Lighthouse courtesy of Jetty’s, Square Grouper, and U-Tiki. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots.
Where to view the parade:
Aside from private viewing parties with family and friends who live on the water, there are a variety of great waterfront locations along the parade route. These open-to-the-public viewing sites stretch from North Palm Beach to Jupiter and include:
- North Palm Beach Country Club
- Juno Park
- Bert Winters Park
- Waterway Cafe
- Riverwalk Events Plaza
- Harbourside Place
- Sawfish Bay Park
- Square Grouper Tiki Bar
- Lighthouse Park
We hope that if you have a boat you’ll be part of the parade, but if for some reason you are not and still want to view the parade by boat, we suggest viewing from North Palm Beach Country Club, Ski Beach, or anywhere else between Donald Ross Rd. and Indiantown Rd. where you won’t be in the way.
- Helicopter Tours – Helicopters is Located at Lantana (KLNA) and Fort Lauderdale (KFXE) We offer helicopter services to Boca Raton ,Palm Beach, Broward & Miami Dade county Florida. We specialize in helicopter flight training, aerial photography, Boca Raton ,Palm Beach & Broward county helicopter tours. Our highly experienced and professional staff is committed to providing the highest level of service and training possible. Boca Raton Florida Boca Raton Helicopters Service / Flight Training School was created by knowledgeable and experienced Robinson Helicopter Company factory trained pilots with excellent safety records. We operate aircraft’s that are clean and maintained well above FAA standards. Our helicopters are fully equipped with top of the line equipment. SAFETY is our number one priority. Whether you need helicopter services, want to become a Professional Pilot, or just looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Southern Helicopters is South Florida’s best choice for professional helicopter services and training.
- Xtreme Action Park – 5300 Powerline Road Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 954-491-6265 South Florida’s premiere family entertainment venue featuring the longest indoor Go Kart Track with race karts that can reach speeds of 45mph. We offer a “real racing experience” on our 1/2 mile long asphalt track and European gas powered karts. Plus a brand new Arcade with the latest titles including Lazer Frenzy and the coolest prizes with interactive play for all ages! Recently renovated and located in Fort Lauderdale, Xtreme Action Park now also offers 10 recreational Bowling Lanes with touch screen monitors and LED lights and display. Or reach new heights on their 26′ high Ropes Course Adventure with over 10 platforms to take you along both beginner and advanced levels. Plus, Xtreme Action Park hosts the first Hershey’s Ice Cream Shake Shoppe in South Florida. Enjoy all American burgers and shakes in our dine in restaurant or try some refreshing drinks from the full liquor Sports Bar. Also new banquet and party rooms for ANY size event! There’s truly something for everyone at Xtreme Action Park!
- Boomers Mini Golf & Fun Center -3100 Airport Road Boca Raton, Florida 561-347-1888 – Boca Raton’s favorite place for fun has something for everyone; it’s like having an amusement park in your own backyard! From two Championship mini golf courses to Laser Tag and Batting Cages, Go Karts and Bumper Cars, our attractions are sure to keep the fun going all day. Don’t forget to try out the New Spin Zone Bumper Cars for an extra dose of laughter! Video Games, and concessions inside.
- Palm Beach Kennel Club – 1111 Congress Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 561-683-2222
If you’re looking for a great afternoon or evening out, there is no better place to find fun, winning and excitement than at Palm Beach Kennel Club. Now more than ever, there is something for everyone with spectacular greyhound racing, simulcast action, the all new Poker Room, lots of special events, fine and casual dining and much more.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club offers year-round greyhound racing and simulcast action. Children are allowed at the track if accompanied by a parent or guardian of legal age. However, they are not allowed in the Poker Room or near betting windows.