The bags are packed, the gas tank is full and you’re on your way to The Palm Beaches to experience the best of the best in arts and culture for a fun and summery three-day weekend.
Here’s how you make the most out of just three days here in Florida’s Cultural Capital®.
Wake up, grab a bite to eat and head out for a day packed with exquisite gardens, international art and a bit of music to start your weekend in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
First up, interested art aficionados can explore one of The Palm Beaches’ major institutions at Boca Raton Museum of Art located in the heart of Mizner Park. Not only is the museum home to an expertly-curated permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, it also hosts a variety of traveling exhibitions including “Nomadic Murals: Contemporary Tapestries and Carpets” and “Lisette Model: Photographs from the Canadian Photography Institute of The National Gallery of Canada,” on display through the end of October.
After you’ve had your fill of incredible indoor visual arts during the day, take a short trip northwest to Delray Beach and get ready for a grand tour of the peaceful outdoors at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. This 41-year-old organization remains one of The Palm Beaches’ greatest cultural assets, with pristine gardens and a wealth of Japanese art exhibitions, family programming and more. On select Friday nights during the summer, however, Morikami hosts Sushi & Stroll, which gives visitors like you the perfect excuse to wander across the fantastic garden grounds—all while enjoying a cold drink of sake, beer or wine. After the tour, you can also visit the museum’s Cornell Café for a bite of Pan-Asian cuisine, including sushi!
Ready to take a seat and relax for the evening? Delray Beach’s Arts Garage is the place to go for a night of local jazz, blues, soul or good ol’ rock ‘n roll with friends and family. Situated neatly in the city’s exciting Pineapple Grove arts district, the venue also encourages you to BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever)—so pick up a bottle of wine (or a six-pack of local craft beer from nearby Saltwater Brewery) and enjoy your nightcap while listening to great music in The Palm Beaches.
No time to sleep in—you’ve got more arts and culture to enjoy! Today, you’re heading north to one of Palm Beach County’s oldest and most-revered historical sites at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. The property has the distinction of being the only officially-designated U.S. Outstanding Natural Area east of the Mississippi River, and it’s not hard to see why. The museum offers daily tours that offer visitors a chance to climb the historic, 158-year-old lighthouse and see Jupiter Inlet from a breathtaking view. Take part in history and make it a “must-see” on your cultural checklist!
In nearby Tequesta, you can visit the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery and experience the original work presented by five award-winning children’s author and illustrators in the gallery’s new “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” summer exhibition. This is the perfect place to bring the kids and explore after a full morning at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse!
Rest up, eat a big lunch and head south from Tequesta for an evening jam-packed with exciting entertainment in West Palm Beach! Your destination—the city’s famous Arts and Entertainment District. With more than 20 art organizations, this district offers an incredible amount of culture for any kind of audience. In the mood for a show? Both of West Palm Beach’s biggest theaters are producing shows throughout the summer months. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ big name hits include the MNM Theatre Company-produced “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” in July and August, and “My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” in September.
Palm Beach Dramaworks (located on the ever-popular Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach) will be performing “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” in July and August, with a special offer of tickets available on a “pay-your-age” basis for anyone ages 18 to 40.
It’s your final day of culture here in The Palm Beaches, but there’s still plenty to do before you leave. Best of all, your first stop is free! The Norton Museum of Art is offering free admission to all visitors while under construction for its 2019 expansion, and that includes its world-class “William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography” and “Unexpected Narratives: Videos by Chris Doyle and Muntean/Rosenblum” exhibitions on display through mid-July. At no cost to you and your family, this is more of a steal than a deal.
What kind of visit to The Palm Beaches wouldn’t include a visit to Palm Beach itself? Head east from Norton Museum of Art and make your way over to Henry Morrison Flagler Museum for a complete vision of excellence, opulence and unmarred Gilded Age glory. Take in the breathtaking sights of Henry Flagler’s Whitehall mansion, partake in a tour of the grounds and walk through Flagler’s private railcar (built in 1886!).
Spending your day at Florida’s first museum seems like the perfect end for your trip, right? Just one more? Alright, one final memory of arts and culture to take home! Mounts Botanical Garden offers visitors a chance to experience Florida’s green summer splendor in the area’s oldest and largest public garden, which also happens to be near Palm Beach International Airport, for those who are flying home.
Smell the flowers, snap that signature vacation selfie and take peace in knowing that you’ve experienced the best of culture in The Palm Beaches—all in one weekend! Make this summer getaway a reality. Plan your trip today and start relaxing the moment you arrive.
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