West Palm Beach’s most popular shopping area has more than 80 stores and restaurants for visitors to spend the day exploring. In addition to an IMAX movie theater, CityPlace also boasts a comedy club, karaoke bar and bowling alley. Grab a seat by the gorgeous outdoor fountains to catch the cool fountain show that plays every half hour.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many native and exotic animals that have been injured or abandoned, from cheetahs to cobras to adorably fuzzy kinkajous. The non-profit sanctuary offers great educational opportunities for visitors, who love watching feedings of big cats as well as getting hands-on with parrots and turtles.
Visitors to this 80-acre island are often surprised at the well-maintained facilities on this unassuming inlet island-turned-state-park. Peanut Island’s perimeter is great for strolling, seashell hunting and snorkeling, as the waves are small and the fish are easy to spot. There’s also a Cold War-era bunker that was built for President Kennedy’s family.
Bay Bay’s Chicken & Waffles
The food at Bay Bay’s frequently leaves customers dreaming of crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles for days afterward. The dishes are made fresh to order and are always served piping hot, whether you’re getting half a chicken on an apple smoked bacon waffle or jumbo wingetts on a red velvet pecan waffle.
Relish prides itself on reinvention of the burger, and its menu gives you a lot to customize. Choose from more than a dozen different patties (including buffalo, wild boar and lobster), and wash it down with an addictively delicious milkshake, available in flavors such as salted caramel, Hostess cupcake, campfire s’mores and more.
Palm Sugar has something for every occasion: Lunch and dinner options are both covered with an expansive menu of pan-Asian dishes. Craving something sweet? There’s a whole page of signature desserts, complete with eight different types of cupcakes. Just want drinks? This place is also a sake bar, serving up bombs, cocktails and martinis.
Clematis Street is the heart of West Palm Beach’s nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and restaurants to suit your fancy, like Respectable Street, self-described “longest running nightclub” in the Southeast. On Thursdays, the city hosts its weekly Clematis by Night event, bringing drink specials and live music performances to the area.
The Blind Monk
This low-key wine and tapas bar is tucked away from the party atmosphere surrounding Clematis; here, you can relax and enjoy tasty refreshments and shared plates. Named for the legacy of Dom Pierre Pérignon’s blind tastings, the Blind Monk has some exceptional international wines and craft beers on the menu.
Norton Art Museum
Some say that fine art is best paired with a good glass of wine. If you’ve never heard the saying, you’ll no doubt believe it after attending the Norton Art Museum’s weekly Art After Dark events, where you can absorb live music, catered dinner, wine tastings, chances to chat with curators and much more.