The City of West Palm Beach, with its sunny palm-lined street, scenic waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods, year-round outdoor festivals, elegance and luxurious comfort are the hallmarks of this slice of paradise. Here is information about just some of the endless variety of things to see and do within minutes of Bear Island.
The Village Commons retail complex, which includes Publix, Panera, Duffy’s Sports Grill and many other shops, banks and restaurants, is less than two miles from the gatehouse.
Downtown West Palm Beach
The downtown retail and entertainment district is a vibrant area lined with fashionable martini bars, trendy nightclubs, elite boutiques and fine restaurants. When the sun sets, enjoy fine dining by candlelight at one of the many lovely area restaurants. You can also enjoy:
Clematis by Night, a free weekly waterside concert series, where socially-distanced visitors and locals enjoy music, food and drinks.
West Palm Beach GreenMarket, recognized as one of the nation’s best farmers’ markets, is open selected Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday in Paradise enlivens the holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s with Sandi, a 35-foot-tall tree made entirely of sand. Sandi is ringed by an amazing light show and coordinated music..
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is home to the county’s many regional arts groups including Ballet Florida, the Palm Beach Opera, the Miami City Ballet, the Palm Beach Broadway Series, the Florida Philharmonic and the Palm Beach Pops.
The Norton Museum of Art (embedded URL https://www.norton.org/) is widely known for its distinguished permanent collections of European, American, Chinese and contemporary art and photography. View special exhibitions, attend lectures and educational programs for children and adults.
To stay up to date on what’s happening downtown, follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB, on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Instagram @westpalmbch. You can also check the City’s Community Events web page .
This intimate 23-acre tropical zoological garden is home to more than 400 animals representing Australia, South and Central America, Asia and Florida. The zoo is committed to the preservation of several endangered species including the Komodo dragon, bengal tiger, lemur, cotton top tamarin, golden lion tamarin, Florida panther, and features the nation’s first outdoor exhibit of Goeldi’s monkeys. Enjoy the children’s area and reptile house.