West Palm Beach Waterfront
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West Palm Beach Waterfront is an attractive area with a wide walking path along the water. As you walk along, you see tropical flowers like plumeria, pretty docks, grand high rises, and coconut trees. It's lovely! One disadvantage is that there is no shade so come at dusk. There are plenty of benches where you can rest. It's fun to check out the ritzy yachts moored along the waterfront.
Walk all the way south to the Royal Palm Bridge. Here you will find manmade islands with baby mangrove trees. This is a place where animals can safely hang out and is called the South Cove Natural Area. Walk out on the pier, read the information plaques, and see if you can spot a manatee or an egret!
Where Flagler Drive meets Clematis Street, there is a triangular park called City Commons, where fountains and a Parisian-style plaza beckon you to hang out a while. This area comes alive on Saturday mornings (9-2 in winter, 9-12 in summer) with a farmer's market, called a Green Market, where you can buy plants, cheeses, grass-fed beef, and all manner of delicious freshly-made foods. Try the warm apple cider doughnuts, similar to portuguese malasadas one finds in Hawaii!
There are plenty of special events held on the great lawn next to City Commons, where Clematis St meets Flagler Dr. There is live music on Thursday nights from 6-9pm and on Sundays from 4-7pm. And on the first Friday of the month there are movies on the green.
Slightly south of here, where Flagler Dr and Datura St intersect there is the huge grassy Meyer Amphitheater where events like the Palm Beach Marathon take place. It is spacious and full of coconut trees. Little manmade hills make it fun for kids.
After your walk, have lunch at ER Bradley's Saloon. Or walk along Clematis Street to Olive Avenue and grab a warm pastry or baguette at Paris Bakery and Cafe. What a good life!
While in the area, walk half an hour south along Flagler Dr to Barcelona Rd and check out the tropical paradise (interspersed with large ominous sculptures) that is the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden. Then continue on and check out the architecture in the older neighborhoods here, and peaceful George Petty Park on the water.
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West Palm Beach Waterfront has a wide walking path on the water along Flagler Drive starting at Clematis St and heading south. The great lawn is on the corner of Flagler Dr and Clematis St.
ER Bradley's Saloon, 104 S. Clematis St. WPB FL 33401, call (561) 833-3520.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.