For less than the cost of a couple of lattes, Palm Beach County serves up a variety of tempting opportunities to quench your thirst for culture and the arts. To help get you started on an affordable exploration, here are 10 richly rewarding possibilities for $10 or less.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park is a world-class institution that offers intriguing national touring exhibitions as well as a multifaceted permanent collection. Now through mid-December, admission to this 44,000-square-foot cultural hub is trimmed to $8 ($6 seniors, $5 students, free for children 12 and younger), including weekly art activities | (561) 392-2500
Palm Beach County’s only state park –the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park – is blessed with a mangrove-fringed estuary, coastal hardwood forest and two miles of beach and shore reefs. The park, located in North Palm Beach, is open from 8 am until sundown 365 days a year. The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle (maximum of eight people). Park visitors can participate in a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, and snorkeling. Guided nighttime turtle walks during the summer spawning season are also offered for just $5 per person | (561) 624-6950
The Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches, which is now in a new 5,000-square-foot home in Delray Beach’s colorful Pineapple Grove district, celebrates the enduring appeal of puppetry. Hand puppets, marionettes and magic transform the center’s 180-seat black box theater as professional puppeteers and ventriloquists perform shows ranging from children’s folktales to adult-oriented comedy acts. Many performances, including Saturday matinees, are $6.50 per person | (561) 243-4330
The Tequesta-based Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art is the oldest arts institution in northern Palm Beach County. For 50 years, the organization has championed the work of regional artists. The center’s calendar is full of exhibitions and opportunities for visitors to meet artists, whether at monthly exhibition openings or at “3rd Thursday” cultural happenings ($5; free to members). The Lighthouse ArtCenter opened an auxiliary gallery at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens last year; admission there is free | (561) 746-3101
Boynton Beach’s Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center has welcomed a million children and their families since it opened in 2001. Housed in the city’s 1913 two-story elementary schoolhouse, the museum provides interactive experiences inspired by Florida’s past, such as a whimsically designed 19th-century general store stocked with props and costumes so that kids can dress up as pioneers. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $4 for children | (561) 742-6782 
In an artful marriage of the natural and manmade, nine monumental monolithsculptures commingle with 300-plus rare palm trees at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach. American artist Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982) began creating the large-scale artworks in the early 1950s after the death of her husband who founded the nearby Norton Museum of Art. In all, more than 100 of her works are on display throughout the property, which includes her former home, studio and gardens. Admission is $7 | (561) 832-5328
Since 1860, Palm Beach County’s fiery-red lighthouse in Jupiter has survived Seminole Indian uprisings, Confederate rebels and hurricanes. In more recent decades, it has thrived as a cultural destination. While the main draw at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is taking a guided, 105-step climb to the top of the light overlooking a federally designated Outstanding Natural Area, a 120-acre site that also deincludes a fascinating waterfront museum and historic outdoor exhibits. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 6-18; children 5 and younger are free | (561) 747-8380
You know you’re worlds away from mainstream cineplexes when catching a flick means passing through an art gallery. But what really sets the Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park apart is its steady diet of indie and foreign films, documentaries and other artsy fare. Most tickets at Mos’Art are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors | (561) 337-6763. The Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth, which is affiliated with the Lake Worth Playhouse, also screens a thoughtful selection of films. Tickets generally run $9, although Monday matinees are $7 | (561) 296-9382
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus features a 500-seat performance hall that hosts world-class productions and a refreshing breadth of affordable cultural-arts opportunities. Don’t miss the return of the Missoula Children’s Theatre (May 5; $6 all seats) or Belle Glades’ Street Beat dancers and musicians (May 9; advance tickets are $10, free to children 5 and younger) | (561) 993-1160
A profusion of tropical and subtropical plants from six continents blankets 14 acres at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach. Everything from North American trees to aquatic plants and the rarest of tropical fruits show how unique the growing environment in Palm Beach County is. In addition to being a place of beauty, Mounts, a component of the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and an affiliate of the University of Florida, is a serious horticulturist’s mecca. A suggested donation of $5 gets in you in the gate | (561) 233-1757

 

 

Palm Beach County Arts Calendar

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Florida State of the Arts License Plate Tag

Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council

Discover the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission

Palm Beach County Sports Commission

Arts Radio Network