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Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

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Maryland
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Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

We're checking out of our hotel in West Palm in the late morning and aren't dropping off our car at the Fort Lauderdale airport until 3:30 pm. We'd love suggestions about interesting things to see along the way for a few hours - wildlife sanctuaries, gardens, flea markets, etc. that are worth aa stop. Favorite places for lunch would also be appreciated. Thanks!!

JENSEN BEACH
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1. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

What day of the week? On Saturdays WPB has a terrific greenmarket along the waterfront. Not just veggies and citrus which are great but bakeries, ethnic foods for bfast/lunch, lots of variety and things you can even tuck into your luggage! Delray Beach is a nice area to browse the shops on Atlantic Ave, choose a cafe for lunch (most have menus posted out front) and walk along the beach. OR go on down to Ft Lauderdale. Hop on the water taxi for a fun view of waterfront lifestyles, mega yachts and the "venice" of florida. You can hop off at 15th ST Fisheries or Pier 66 for a great lunch and enjoy some warm breezes before going to the airport. The water taxi also can take you to and from Las Olas Blvd. Lots of great options. Flea markets in the area can be ho hum imo. Morikami Gardens in Boca Raton is an option...checking out late morning and dropping at 3:30 isn't so much time really. I would probably ck out a bit earlier to enjoy the day fully.

West Palm Beach...
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2. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

OBXPAT made some great suggestions! If you are able to visit the WPB Greenmarket it is well worth a visit.

Another suggestion would be to grab some picnic type food before you leave West Palm. Maybe sandwiches from Publix or Manzo's Deli or CR Chicks. I always love the drive along A1A from Palm Beach to Boca Raton ( it is a slow pace but scenic). In Boca you could make a stop at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (http://www.gumbolimbo.org) and then have a picnic along the beach. After Gumbo Limbo continue south on A1A a bit then head over to I95 at Palmetto Park Road for the rest of your trip to Ft. Lauderdale.

Sudbury...
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Green Cay Nature Center is on Hagen Ranch Road between Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. It is free and has a boardwalk for a walk of more than a mile around a wetland with many birds and a nature center open between Wed. To Sat. From 9 to 3. Most interesting bird recently seen is the Painted Bunting male with blue, red and green coloring, rather special since they are shy and not common. Osprey, egrets, ducks, turtles and many other species are almost guaranteed to be seen plus an alligator, perhaps.

Maryland
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4. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

This sounds perfect!! We won't be terribly excited about coming back to DC, so a nice leisurely scenic drive with a nature center included is great! Thanks!!

Maryland
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We'll be driving back to Ft. Lauderdale on a Tuesday, so we'll have to miss the market. We agree that Morikami Gardens in Boca Raton is fabulous; we deropped in on eyear when they were having a wonderful festival. And the Ft. Lauderdale waterways and Las Olas are terrific! WE may leave early and try to hit one of them in addition to the scenic drive. :-) (And I do know that Things has only one N - oops! :-)

Sudbury...
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One of our favorite lunch places is in the Morikami gardens at the Cornell Cafe if you like Japanese food, on the patio is nice. Or if you like Deli, there are several places to consider, but love 3 G's on West Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach between Military Trail and Jog Rd. going west.

Melrose, MA
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7. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

Check Delray beach lots of restaurants and shopping on Atlantic Ave Ft lauderdale is about a half hour away

Melrose, MA
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8. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

Check Delray beach lots of restaurants and shopping on Atlantic Ave Ft lauderdale is about a half hour away

Indianapolis...
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9. Re: Thinngs to see on drive between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale

If you drive down A1A you can see lots of condominiums.

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