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Photo Courtesy of Discover The Palm Beaches
by Roberta Sandler
Sprinkle year-round warm weather into a generous mixture of leisure and recreational opportunities, historical and cultural attractions, sports venues and family-friendly activities, and you’ll understand why so many people like to call Palm Beach County their home. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, there are 1.4 million people residing in one of Palm Beach County’s thirty-eight cities and towns from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Every family that moves here soon discovers what long-time locals already know, the lifestyle is amazing. Whatever interests you, there’s a related venue nearby.
If you admire Mother Nature’s handiwork, you’ll applaud the county’s natural areas and wildlife refuge. If you love animals whether they’re wild or tame, visit Busch’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter or the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach and drive straight into an exotic adventure at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach.
If you’re a sports fan, you can cheer for your favorite team during a match at the International Polo Club in Wellington or at a baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. If you like being outdoors, then head out for the day to one of the many beautiful beaches along the coastline. During the winter months, browse the West Palm Beach Greenmarket with its array of locally harvested foods and produce, and enjoy the excitement of the South Florida Fair. Cool off in the swimming lagoon on Peanut Island or make a wet and wild splash at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach.
Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Be sure to tour the landmark Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1860. The past also comes to life at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at Dubois Pioneer Home in Jupiter and at the Navy Seal Museum on neighboring Hutchinson Island to the north.
Palm Beach County is definitely child-friendly. Your kids can observe wildlife feedings at the county’s many nature centers, take drawing lessons at Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach, marvel at life-size dinosaur replicas at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, watch yummy confections being made at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres and shout “Quack! Quack!” at passersby while on one of West Palm Beach’s Diva Duck Tours.
The Palm Beach County lifestyle isn’t just for the rich and famous. It’s for everyone, including you.