For less than the cost of a couple of lattes, The Palm Beaches serve up a variety of tempting opportunities to quench your thirst for culture and the arts. To help get you started, here are 10 rewarding possibilities for under $10.
Since 1860, this iconic red lighthouse in Jupiter has survived the Civil War, the third Seminole War and even World War II. In more recent decades, it has thrived as a cultural destination. At the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum visitors can take a guided, 105-step climb to the top of the light overlooking a federally designated Outstanding Natural Area, a 120-acre site that also includes 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 | jupiterlighthouse.org
Palm Beach County’s only state park, the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, has 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 a.m. 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.
(561) 624-6950 | macarthurbeach.org
The Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches celebrates the enduring appeal of puppetry, with professional puppeteers and ventriloquists performing shows ranging from children’s folktales to adult-oriented comedy acts. *The Puppetry Arts Center is currently in the process of relocating. Stay tuned for an update on their new location.
(561) 243-4330 | puppetcenter.org
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. General admission to the gallery is only $10, and free on Saturdays. And their 3rd Thursday evening events can feature wine, hors d’ouevres, performances, lectures and more for only $10 as well.
(561) 746-3101 | lighthousearts.org
Boynton Beach’s Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center has welcomed over 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 and children 2-17, $4.50 for seniors, and free for members or children under 2.
(561) 742-6782 | schoolhousemuseum.org
In an artful marriage of the natural and man-made, nine monolithic sculptures mingle with more than 300 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, Ralph Hubbard Norton, 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 $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children over 5; children under 5 are free.
(561) 832-5328 | ansg.org
The Lake Worth Playhouse is home to The Palm Beaches’ premiere venue for independent films. The Stonzek Theatre is an intimate, black-box style theatre equipped with an extra-large viewing screen and high-definition projection. Showing independent and foreign films daily, tickets generally run $9, with Monday matinees for only $7.
(561) 296-9382 | lakeworthplayhouse.org/indie_films.html
You know you’re worlds away from mainstream cineplexes when catching a flick means passing through an art gallery. The Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park also serves up indie and foreign films, documentaries and other artistic fare. Most tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors.
(561) 337-6763 | mosarttheatre.com
The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus features a 500-seat performance hall that hosts a number of theatrical productions and a breadth of affordable cultural opportunities. Several shows through the season can be enjoyed for $6 a person, ranging from December’s Annual Living Christmas Tree to Missoula Children’s Theatre in May.
(561) 993-1160 | dollyhand.org
Plants from six continents grace Mounts Botanical Garden’s fourteen acres in West Palm Beach, reflecting the tremendous horticultural opportunities provided by The Palm Beaches’ unique growing environment. From temperate North American trees to the rarest of tropical fruits, from Florida natives to edible landscapes, from aquatics to arid-land plants, Mounts offers something for every taste and interest for a donation of only $5 for admission.
(561) 233-1757 | mounts.org