There are plenty of free things to do near West Palm Beach, Florida, but not many people know about them! During my several years of living in West Palm Beach, I got to do lots of exploring. But because I was in college at the time, I needed to find fun free things to do. From personal experience, each place on this list provides fun experiences while keeping your cost low. I always took friends and family who were visiting to each of these.
So without further adieu, check out these 11 free things to do near West Palm Beach!
West Palm Beach, Florida
1. Green Market
Every Saturday, there is a market day in downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis Street. All of the parking garages are free during the Green Market and it’s beautiful to walk around!
The Green Market is located next to the Intracoastal Waterway. Many local food and plant vendors set up tents and tables for their customers to admire and buy. Most of the time when I go, I just love walking around and being a part of the atmosphere!
Many times, there is a separate piece of the market going on a block down on Banyan. At this market, vendors sell jewelry, furniture, clothes, and antiques.
2. Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art now has free admission! The Norton has plenty of art to see and has different exhibits throughout the year. This museum is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is a beautiful place to visit.
3. Society of the Four Arts
The Society of the Four Arts is somewhat hidden on Palm Beach Island and there are not usually many people there. It is an outdoor place with sculptures, gardens, and beautiful buildings. This is a great place to get away and see the peaceful surroundings on the island.
4. “Big Tree” Trails
“Big Tree” (what all of the college students called it) is located near the Society of the Four Arts and is also on Palm Beach Island. To get to “Big Tree,” you can park right outside of the Flagler Museum and walk the trail to the left of the museum. You’ll find “Big Tree” just a minute into the trail and you won’t be disappointed!
At “Big Tree,” you’ll enjoy experiencing the size and life of the huge old tree. You can also sit on a bench next to the Intracoastal Waterway and look over the water towards the bridge and downtown West Palm Beach.
5. Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Loggerhead Marine Life Center is located on the north side of Palm Beach County near Juno Beach. If you want to see turtles, go here! Loggerhead helps with turtle rehabilitation. Turtles that have been hurt get brought to their center and are helped there. You get to see the turtles and read their stories.
Loggerhead does ask for donations to help with their mission.
6. Manatee Lagoon
The Manatee Lagoon is another marine life center located in Riviera Beach. Here, you can learn a lot about manatees inside, and see them swimming in the intracoastal outside!
Be sure to visit on a chilly day. When it’s chilly outside, the manatees get closer to the energy plant because of the warmth that it gives off in the water.
In Palm Beach County, there are PLENTY of malls! Even if you don’t want to buy anything, most of them are super nice to walk around in and window shop.
Here are some malls to check out:
In the Sunshine State, parks are so much fun! Each park has trails, water, and beautiful atmospheres! Here are several that you should try out:
- Okeeheelee Park
- John D. MacArthur
- Phil Foster Park
- John Prince Park
- Dreher Park
- South Cove Nature Area
9. Disc Golf
If you don’t know what disc golf is, just imagine throwing a frisbee a long distance and trying to make it into a chain standing basket. It’s fun and you should try it because…it’s free! There are two specific parks that have great disc golf courses:
10. Take a Drive on Palm Beach Island
Palm Beach Island is full of beautiful scenery. If you drive onto Palm Beach Island from West Palm Beach, go across Royal Park Bridge and straight down Royal Palm Way until you reach the ocean. At that stop sign, turn left and then follow the road down the island.
This scenic route will take you along the ocean water and in and out of the beautiful neighborhoods. The houses are huge, you’ll see great architecture, and plenty of detailed landscaping. When you’ve gone as far as you’d like to go, you can just circle back around and come back down the Intracoastal Waterway side of the island.
11. The Beach!
Of course, the best free activity that you can do near West Palm Beach is to go to the beach! These are my personal favorite beaches:
- Palm Beach (Metered parking on side streets; free parking for 1-2 hours further down each street)
- Juno Beach (Free parking at Juno Pier or behind Loggerhead Marine Life Center)
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My name is Lindsey Erin and I am a Georgia Peach who loves to travel and explore! I got a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies because I love learning about cultures and religion so much. Because I love travel and people so much, I decided to start writing Spread Your Wings Blog!