Fodor’s Travel Names Mandel’s Public Library One of America’s Finest
A walk inside the fourth floor of the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach, recently named one of the finest libraries in the United States by travel guide Fodor.
Andres Leiva, Palm Beach Post
It’s hot outside! Escape the heat and enjoy being indoors with these fun activities. Here are some of our favorite indoor things to do in Palm Beach County to explore.
Cox Science Center and Aquarium
The Science Center is the perfect place for children. Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of puzzles and interactive challenges. Or take a journey through the human brain. Or visit the 10,000 gallon aquariums of the Atlantic, home to some of Florida’s finest native fish. Or experience Palm Beach County’s first and only public planetarium. And much more !
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information: General admission is $19.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors; $15.95 for children 3-12; children under 3 are free.
South Florida Science Center: 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach; 561-832-1988
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
Think of a large-scale playground for families! Yes this center has trampolines, but also: wall climbing, dodgeball, ropes course, combat beam, tubing playground, virtual reality, and much more. Height requirements vary by attraction.
Info: Admission is $15.99 for ages 5 and under and starts at $25.99 for ages 6 and up. Accompanying parents pay half price and Ultra Air socks are mandatory ($3.49).
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park: 10560 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington; (561) 408-0809
Rhythm and colors
Let your kids be creative and explore the arts, with no cleanup necessary! Dance, art, music, yoga, birthday parties for children 12 and under. Classes are held at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach, and other locations.
Rhythm and hues: 561-216-1027; [email protected]
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center
The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center in Boynton Beach offers two floors of interactive hands-on exhibits and many other educational programs. It’s a fun place to take small children and toddlers – there isn’t much for older children.
information: Admission is $6.50 for children and adults. Children under 1 are free. Reservations are strongly recommended.
School Children’s Museum: 129 E. Ocean Avenue, Boynton Beach; 561-742-6780
There are plenty of activities for kids and adults at this fun center in Lake Worth Beach. The place features a huge arcade, go-karts and a laser tag. Single kart drivers must be at least 54 inches tall to ride.
information: Free entry. There are individual prices for each activity.
Fun Depot: 2003 10th Ave. N., Lake Worth Beach; 561-547-0817
Experience movies at a cinema with dining room at two county locations, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. Watch the latest films and enjoy freshly prepared gourmet meals and signature drinks, delivered straight to your reclining seat. Admission prices start at $9 for standard seats.
iPic Delray Beach: 25 SE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561-359-5844
iPic Boca Raton (Mizner Park): 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-299-3000
You and your team are trapped in a room, with 60 minutes to escape. Find the clues, solve the puzzles and regain your freedom! There are several venues in the county, each with their own themes, and prices are usually around $35 per person. Here are a few to choose from:
The Escape SoFlo: 10800 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-318-8973
West Palm Beach Escape Rooms: 209 S. Olive Ave, West Palm Beach; 561-660-5120
Main Escape Room: 1700 North Dixie Hwy., Boca Raton; 561-571-5381
Silver Ball Museum
This is not your typical museum. The Silverball Museum is interactive with classic pinball machines and arcade games that date back to the 1930s. Plus, there’s also the original Coney Island Skee-Ball, shuffleboard games, and a restaurant with a full bar.
Info: All games are configured as free play with an entry pass. Passes start at $15 for an hour of play.
Silverball Museum: 19 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach; 561-266-3294
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was “more wondrous than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any ‘any other private dwelling in the world’. Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, offering self-guided tours, temporary exhibitions and special programs.
Info: Admission is $26 for ages 13 and up and $13 for ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.
Flagler Museum: 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach; 561-655-2833
Norton Art Museum
The Norton Museum of Art has established itself as the must-see place of the summer.
And it’s not just that every Saturday through September 5 is free for residents of Palm Beach County. Or that there will be “Yappy Saturday” events where area residents can bring their canine companions to relax on the museum grounds.
It is also that the museum stays true to its mission and opens three new exhibitions during the warm months, one of which is dedicated to the work of a major African-American painter active in the late 19th and early 19th century. Twentieth century.
Norton’s regular Art after Dark series continues through the summer every Friday, featuring live performances, film screenings and other events, and is launching a new interactive art space called Project Room. In this room, visitors can explore works from Norton’s permanent collection in hands-on activities.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed on Wednesday. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for students with valid ID. Children 12 and under enter free.
The Norton Museum of Art: 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-832-5196
Play a game of basketball and other indoor activities at one of the county’s many recreation and community centers. Check the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation website for a list of centers.
Palm Beach Ice Factory
Get out of the heat at South Florida’s brand new skating rink! The Olympic-size ice rink is open to the public at certain times. Admission is $15 and includes skate rental. You can also rent an ice scooter ($5) to help skaters 3½ feet or less.
Palm Beach Ice Works: 1590 N Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach. 561-656-4046
Palm Beach Skating Area
Another option for ice skating is Palm Beach Skate Zone, a 75,000 square foot, 3-rink facility just off the Florida Turnpike. Admission starts at $12 and includes skate rentals. You can also rent an adjustable support bar ($5) to help.
Palm Beach Skate Area: 8125 Lake Worth Rd. Lake Worth Beach. 561-963-5900
Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment: Lion Country Safari
Video: Rare baby rhino in drive-thru park
See a rare baby white rhino and its mother at Lion Country Safari. Josh is the second white rhino born this year at the Loxahatchee drive-in park.
Image from Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Post
Lion Country Safari offers both outdoor and indoor entertainment. Visit Florida’s largest driving safari on nearly 600 acres with over 900 animals roaming wide open habitats, often inches from your car. You will see rhinos, giraffes, zebras and many other species.
Info: Admission is $41 for ages 10 and up and $31 for ages 3 to 9.
Lion Country Safari: 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee; 561-461-8297