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West Palm Beach Walking Tour

Historical Mansions, Fashion Boulevards, Sandy Beaches, and everything in between
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  This guide will take you past some of the most famous spots in West Palm Beach (or just "West Palm"). You will quickly... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Flagler Park

Flagler Park is a nice open area at the end of Clematis Street with an in-ground fountain (great for kids who want to run through it) as well as a number of tables, benches, and open grass area. When you are done, walk towards to water and turn right and walk towards the Flagler Memorial Bridge.

The plaque reads: "Flagler Park, formerly... More

2. Harbor and Flagler Memorial Bridge

From the bridge you can see all of the sailboats, yachts, and tour boats at the dock. Many of the boats are too tall to fit under this bridge, which is why the Flagler Memorial Bridge is a draw bridge. If you wait long enough, you will see traffic stop and the bridge opening up in the middle to let boats through.

3. Statue of Flagler

After the bridge you will see a prominent status of Henry Flagler on the island in the middle of the large thoroughfare. You will learn all about the life and legacy of Henry Flagler at his mansion and museum.

4. Flagler Mansion

The Flagler Mansion is a stunning work or architecture and a visit is most definitely worth it. Inside you can follow a docent-led tour or listen to a free audio guide to learn about how Henry Flagler paved the way for modern-day Florida to grow into what it has today.

Flagler became one of the wealthiest men in the world after founding Standard... More

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5. Sea Gull Cottage

The Sea Gull Cottage is Palm Beach's oldest house.

From the sign:
"Constructed in 1886 by R.R. McCormick, a Denver railroad developer, Sea Gull cottage was purchased by Henry Flagler in 1893 and became Flagler's first winter residence in Palm Beach. The Royal Poinciana, Flagler's first resort hotel in Palm Beach, was located next to the Sea... More

The Society of the Four Arts hosts art exhibits, concerts, films, lectures and much more, and is home to the King Library and the philip Hulitar Sculpture Gardens.

7. Royal Palm Way

While walking down Royal Palm Way you may suddenly realize why the area is called West Palm Beach--you are surrounded by enormous palm trees, and may feel like you are in a movie. Walk east along the road until you arrive at the beach.

Spend as much time as you like at the beach. It is hard to resist the call of the warm waters and the bright white sand. When you have had enough, walk south along the path next to the beach until you arrive at Worth Ave where you will find the highest density of upscale shopping.

For those of you familiar with Los Angeles, just think Rodeo Drive. Worth Ave is a famous upscale shopping district where you are likely to find some of the most expensive stores, cars, and restaurants you have ever seen.

Some examples are: Armani, Meiman Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Brooks... More