While a day spent luxuriating in The Palm Beaches typically includes fun in the sun, there’s always time for a sojourn in the shade. That’s why we’ve toured five of the best covered areas for culture, listed below.

Enjoy world-class exhibitions and permanent collections on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Sculpture garden? Check. Modern art? You bet. Giant revolving metal cube? Right at the front door. The Boca Raton Museum of Art, founded in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton, is the cultural center of Mizner Park and features an assortment of both traditional and modern sculptures, paintings, photography, glass work as part of its permanent collection. The museum also hosts rotating special exhibitions throughout the entire year, so it’s almost too easy to enjoy after a day spent shopping outside in Boca Raton.


Time-travel back to the Gilded Age at the Flagler Museum.

When you think about the “look” of Palm Beach, there’s always a flair of extravagance. Henry Flagler, commonly considered the island’s founder and first celebrity, was no stranger to opulence when it came to taste. His 1902 mansion, Whitehall, stands today as the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and, thankfully, is completely air-conditioned. The museum features ongoing exhibitions, tours and special programs.


Make waves with the wild manatees at Manatee Lagoon, An FPL Eco-Discovery Center.

Life’s pretty great when you can visit manatees in the wild, and learn more about them in the process. Manatee Lagoon is an educational center dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s wildlife, which it serves through interactive exhibits, observation decks, lagoon tours, children’s art classes and—for those of you who can’t make it—a manatee webcam. Bring the kids along for an exciting, educational experience!


Take in a performance at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

After spending some time walking about West Palm Beach’s famous Clematis Street, why not relax and enjoy a bit of theatre? The talented thespians and technical wizards at Palm Beach Dramaworks are in a constant state of producing and presenting “theatre to think about.” Whether it’s a classic play, a workshop production, or even a cabaret series—you’ll always leave with a smile on your face.


Join fellow nature-lovers in John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

Underneath the shade of mangrove trees, the natural beauty of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park shines. It has the distinct honor of being Palm Beach County’s only state park, located just north of Singer Island. Guests can drive in, park, and enjoy natural events: whether you’re a fan of bird watching, bluegrass or just need to zen out while walking through the park’s two self-guiding nature trails.