There are more than 1,100 golf courses in Florida, which makes Charles McGill’s Dilemma (2016) that much more fitting. Made from deconstructed golf bags and originally included in the late artist’s solo exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the artwork is now part of the museum’s permanent collection and examines race and class in golf.
Often described as exotic because of its flaming orange color, three black lines, and dagger-like tail, the ruddy daggerwing butterfly is seen year-round in South Florida, one of only two places in the United States that it calls home. Catch them fluttering about the grounds of the Daggerwing Nature Center in Western Boca Raton.
The Wick in Boca Raton recently unveiled its reimagined costume museum with Ascot!, a special exhibition featuring costumes from the original 1956 Broadway performance of My Fair Lady and on view through June 30. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway. Find the iconic ivory spaghetti-strap dress she wore when she first took the stage.
This past year, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach debuted its renovated Yamato-kan, the grounds’ original museum building that is modeled after a Japanese villa. One of the new elements is a theater that screens short documentaries. Take a seat and discover the history of the Yamato Colony, the Japanese farming community that settled in South Florida more than 100 years ago.
Nestled off Delray’s bustling Atlantic Avenue, Silverball Retro Arcade is a blast from the past with dozens of arcade games to choose from. One of the rarer pinball games is High Speed, released in 1986. Credited for revitalizing the pinball industry following a lull caused by video game consoles, High Speed features a state police chase theme. Travel back to the ’80s and take a shot at this arcade classic.
At the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach, meet Hannibal Dillingham Pierce, who served as an assistant keeper for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse from 1872 to 1873. Knock on the door of the 15-foot lighthouse replica and an animatronic of Pierce will emerge to share stories about Florida’s pioneer days.
With an estimated 120 Florida Panthers left in the wild, Sassy is a beautiful sight. She was 6 months old when she arrived at the Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach in February 2016. Admire her prancing on the catwalk overhead, looking down on the flamingos in the Florida wetlands area.
For another wild encounter, head west to Loxahatchee and stop at Lion Country Safari. In late December, this drive-through zoo destination welcomed two new members to its giraffe herd: calves named Kandoro and Kianga. After exploring by car, go on foot at the Adventure Park and climb to the top of the extra-tall feeding platform to come face-to-face with the giraffes.
Minus a temporary removal during the Norton Museum of Art’s renovation, Dale Chihuly’s Persian Sea Life Ceiling has graced this West Palm hot spot since 2003. The art is comprised of 693 individual handblown pieces arranged on top of a glass plate. Look up to discover the underwater scene.
Slices of watermelon and bananas brighten up the staircase between True Food Kitchen and Sur La Table at The Square in West Palm Beach. Painted by husband-and-wife designers Benjamin Levy and Cinthia Santos (together known as Chalk & Brush), this mural offers a pop of colorful fruit among more than 2,000 linear feet of mural space at this dining, retail, and cultural destination.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Diana was originally commissioned as an 18 foot-tall weathervane for the tower of Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden. Another version inspired a series of six half-sized casts, one of which is now at The Society of the Four Arts on Palm Beach. Find Diana at the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, among 20 other sculptures.
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea was established in Lake Worth in 1889 and consecrated at its current Palm Beach location in 1896. In the church’s Cluett Memorial Garden, a long cement pond is filled with orange and-black-speckled Japanese koi—and a 25-cent fish food dispenser stands at the ready.
Journey to the past in Henry Flagler’s private railcar, Railcar No. 91, which resides within the Flagler Kenan Pavilion at Palm Beach’s Flagler Museum. Flagler, who was a key figure in the development of Florida’s East Coast, rode this railcar to celebrate the completion of the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad in 1912.
Manatees. Sea cows. Teddy bears of the ocean. Regardless of what you call them, these gentle herbivores average 1,300 pounds in weight and 14 feet in length. Learn more about them and count how many are in view while at the Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center in West Palm Beach.
Purple manta rays, bright blue sea turtles, and polka-dotted eels swim around the Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s virtual underwater ecosystem reef. Using the interactive digital reef (which debuted last year at the renovated center in Juno Beach), create a one-of-a-kind creature, watch it swim on the screen, and learn about the roles of prominent Atlantic species in ocean ecosystems.
There’s never a dull moment in the world of Shakespeare. The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival will return in 2023 to stage Measure for Measure, with performances at Carlin Park in Jupiter July 6-16 and Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach July 20-23. Watch as Duke Vincentio temporarily transfers the government of Vienna to his deputy Angelo, who eagerly begins strict enforcement of the laws. Listen for one of the play’s most famous lines: “Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure. Like doth quit like, and Measure still for Measure.”
The team at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter has saved countless sick, injured, and orphaned animals. Many are released back into the wild, and some find a permanent home at the sanctuary. One such refugee is Arvy the brown pelican, who missed her migration window and was stranded in Connecticut during the winter. A mother-daughter pilot team rescued and flew her to Busch, where she underwent surgeries to remove the frostbite from her feet. Go say hello to Arvy, who now lives with her fellow water birds.
Jupiter’s Riverbend Park is a popular spot for nearly every outdoor activity—biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and even horseback riding. It’s also home to the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, a 60-acre dedication to the Seminole and U.S. Forces’ Second Seminole War Battles of 1838. Find this historic site, which includes markers for Powell’s Battle, Jesup’s Battle, and the Tree of Tears.
Visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse for one of The Palm Beaches’ most authentic views. How far can the eye see from atop? Weather pending, try to spot these views. North: Tequesta to the Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex dish antennas. South: Juno Beach high-rises on A1A; some days Singer Island. West: Loxahatchee River up to Pennock Point. East: Approximately 14 miles out to the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and ships passing by.
Witness the county’s most beautiful sunset at Pine Glades Natural Area in Jupiter. The 6,651-acre wetland is the perfect place to end the day. Arrive early to watch hundreds of birds fly to roost for the evening. Then catch the sunset reflect against the calm waters and tally how many alligators have come to savor the scene too.