Cool ocean breezes drift through the air, trees display enchanting shades of green, and the sunbeams glisten as they warm the skin of those lucky enough to be outdoors – this is winter in The Palm Beaches. While the rest of the world begins to bundle up and head indoors, those in The Palm Beaches are experiencing the best time of the year – less rain and heat, but enough cool 75-degree Fahrenheit (23.89 Celsius) temperatures to make you want to go outdoors every chance you get. As if the weather wasn’t enough to sway your interest — the location combined with activities and events add to the destination’s appeal.
Here are a few to keep in mind for when the winter whites begin to settle in, and you feel a pull to take a vacation in a tropical oasis:
West Palm Beach Food Tours in West Palm Beach
Get to know the city of West Palm Beach through this delicious and entertaining tour, where you’ll visit seven popular locally-owned path restaurants. Learn about the city’s history, architecture and culture along the way. Meet chefs, taste a dish that’s been featured on the Food Network, and even learn how the locals prefer to open a coconut. Prices start at $65 per person. Receive $5 off beginning December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 when you use discount code: “winter.”
Manatee Sightings at Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center
On Florida winter days, visitors can view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from Florida Power & Light Company’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Amazing up-close views of the gentle sea cows can be enjoyed from the center’s observation desk. Manatee season is from November 15 through March 31 as they congregate in the warm waters by Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center. The 16,000-square-foot educational attraction, with a dedicated area for viewing manatees, features engaging hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures of the sea.
Sleepy Sloth or Flamingo Experience at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
Meet Wilbur, the zoo’s Hoffman’s two-toed sloth, or become part of the flock in a fun and interactive experience with Chilean flamingos. Feed the sloth or take the flamingos for a walk around the interactive fountain, while you learn amazing facts about these species and the Zoo’s conservation efforts. Prices for each experience start at $35 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission.
CycleParty Pub Crawl in Downtown West Palm Beach
Offering Pub crawl tours, Sunday Funday tours, Foodie tours, to individuals as well as groups up to 14, this vendor takes passengers aboard an immersion of Downtown West Palm Beach’s most buzzing bars and restaurants. The 14-passenger cycle-powered takes riders for a two-hour to two and a half-hour tour. Enjoy three or more stops, and the sights along the way.
Twilight Yoga at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Take in the oms and ahs, as you synchronize with fellow practitioners in a gentle session of yoga beneath the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. The session helps you relax amidst the shade of a beautiful banyan tree that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway of Jupiter.
Historical Walking Tour of Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue
For just $10, guests can join the Worth Avenue Association as they depart on an hour and 15-minute tour of Worth Avenue’s charming villas. Participants will learn about the influence of fashion and architecture on this historical tour with Palm Beach historian, Mr. Rick Rose.
CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show: Exact dates to follow
View street artists and muralists during this annual multi-day interactive art experience. The Outdoor Museum Show showcases more than 20 world-renowned and emerging street artists from around the globe as they turn the city into an artistic canvas with street murals and art installations.
Weekend Dinner and Sunday Brunch Series at Swank Table Events: Nov. 26, 2017 through May 13, 2018
This unique series of al fresco Sunday Brunches, as well as Saturday and Sunday night dinners, take place on Swank Specialty Produce’s farm. Calling on the best of the state’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and organic wine makers, chefs produce multi-course dinners of the highest quality underneath the hand-built outdoor pole barn, immaculately transformed with beautiful table settings and decor. Each dinner is specially curated with renowned local and nationally-honored chefs who create several-course meals (five-course for Saturday dinners and seven-course for Sunday dinners) for the attendees, at one set cost. Each dinner will also benefit a local charity. Brunch is a more casual, family-friendly, and more affordable experience. Attendees to all events can also enjoy local bands and local brewers.
Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County‘s Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Exhibit: December 2, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Enjoy the awe of 10 giant sea sculptures made entirely of ocean debris as the larger-than-life creatures make their way onto the 14 acres of this West Palm Beach botanical garden, which is conveniently located adjacent to the Palm Beach International Airport. Marlin, parrot fish, puffin, and seal sculptures will highlight the various types of trash found in the ocean. The exhibit’s primary purpose is to educate visitors about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, and to spark positive changes in consumer habits.
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: December 14-17, 2017
Enjoy Palm Beach’s very best restaurants at some of the destination’s most luxurious venues, as you meet and mingle with some of the nation’s notable chefs. Robert Irvine, Daniel Boulud, Virginia Philip and Lindsay Autry have been among the featured chef talents in previous years.
FTI Winter Equestrian Festival: January 10 – April 1, 2018
This prestigious event features some of the most experienced individuals as they perform during the largest and longest-running horse show in the world. Spectactors can expect to see the partnership of horse and rider through the thrills and grace of show jumping, and the elegance of dressage.
Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival: January 26 through January 27, 2018
During Jupiter’s Craft Brewers Festival, visitors can enjoy a series of brew-focused events over a two-day span. Events include Field of Beers, Craftoberfest and the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. During Field of Beers, a ticketed event that takes place on January 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hyper-local craft breweries and local chefs team up for 15+ classic beer and food pairings at Roger Dean Stadium, located in Jupiter. Fifteen teams of brewers and chefs present innovative, original creations, specifically designed to complement one another. Unlimited food and drink samples are available with ticket purchase. On January 27, two events take place simultaneously, one of which is the 12th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium. Admission includes craft beer sampling, and food will be available for purchase. Here, attendees will be able to sample a variety of craft beers and live music. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Craftoberfest, which takes place across the street from the stadium at the Abacoa Theatre Green, visitors can enjoy the unique tastes of craft beer and traditional German-style food at cost. During this popular event, which has been called the most culturally authentic in America, live German music by the authentic oompah band, Sonnenschein Express, plays in the background. Admission is free, but a portion of food and drink proceeds will go to the Autism Project.
Delray Beach Open: February 16-25, 2018
The 26th annual Delray Beach Open is expected to attract more than 50,000 fans to ‘America’s Most Fun Small Town’ during a 10-day span. The event includes a three-day, six-player ATP Champions Tour event over President’s Day weekend. That event is followed by the ATP World Tour event, featuring current top tennis stars Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro and Jack Sock. Local, original music, artists and area food favorites, Ladies Day Luncheons and Kidz Day activities, as well as parties and VIP happenings, will take place as well.
West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District’s Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts Event: February 25, 2018
Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts brings together two of the area’s cultural gems for a special performance. The free, outdoor show is set along the city’s stunning Waterfront at the Meyer Amphitheatre. It highlights two of the distinct and distinguished cultural venues part of the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District.
The Honda Classic: February 19-25, 2018
The PGA Tour stops by for its annual visit to one of professional golf’s most notable locations: PGA National Resort & Spa. A tour highlight for players and fans alike, the Champion Course – home of the famous Bear Trap and toughest golf course in Florida, according to the PGA Tour – hosts the prestigious Honda Classic.
Lake Worth Street Painting Festival: February 24-25, 2018
Join the crowd of more than 100,000 art lovers who attend this colorful street painting event in Lake Worth each year. With more than 600 artists on the pavement, street murals, music, restaurants, food and snack concessions on site, visitors can enjoy a weekend filled of entertainment.
Spring Training Baseball – Miami Marlins/ St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals & Houston Astros: March 2018
Home to not only two, but four Major League Baseball teams, March is the recommended time to visit for baseball fans. In Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium welcomes the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins for Spring Training. In West Palm Beach, the recently opened Ballpark of The Palm Beaches welcomes the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, along with their many fans. More information is available on http://www.rogerdeanstadium.com/ and http://www.ballparkpalmbeaches.com/.
Palm Beach International Boat Show: March 22-25, 2018
Ranked among the top 10 yachting events in the world, the show features hundreds of boats, ranging from small tenders, to superyachts nearly 300 feet in length. Attendees can also experience free youth fishing clinics by Hook The Future, IGFA School of Sportfishing, cruising clinics and on-the-water boat handling classes.
For a complete listing of our winter events, click here: http://www.thepalmbeaches.com/events-calendar-palm-beaches.