Day Trips to Take from West Palm Beach, FL

While West Palm Beach offers plenty to see and do, the city is conveniently situated within easy access to nearby enthralling attractions and adventures in all directions. Whether you are in the mood for upscale shopping, arts and culture, nature, family fun or historic sites, the following five day trips from West Palm Beach are sure to keep you entertained.

Miami

Either a 90-minute drive on I-95 or a scenic train ride on the Tri-Rail out of the West Palm Beach station will bring you directly into Miami. This international city offers more than you could see in a day, but some of the highlights include the legendary Miami Beach, premier shopping districts, a world-class dining scene, sizzling nightlife, sightseeing tours, museums, zoos and cultural neighborhoods like Little Havana in addition to the Everglades National Park and professional ball teams like the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and Miami Heat.

Riviera Beach

If you want a day trip with less driving and more relaxing, Riviera Beach is just five miles north. Enjoy boat cruises, deep-sea fishing tours, or just lounge the day away on the beach. Families with kids will want to head to Rapids Water Park for thrill rides, slides, wave pools and a lazy river.

Jupiter

Just 30 minutes north of West Palm Beach, Jupiter is a charming beach town offering historic attractions and plenty of water sports. Visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum to learn all about Florida history. While there, climb the cast iron step of the 1860 lighthouse for panoramic views of the ocean. Head to the oceanfront Jupiter Beach Park and DuBois Park for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Take a boat cruise along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to admire beautiful scenery and the glamorous homes of the rich and famous.

Delray Beach

A half-hour drive south of West Palm Beach on I-95 brings you to the small but artsy beach town of Delray Beach. Besides swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding at the gorgeous beach, you really must explore the town’s Pineapple Grove Arts District, which features a diversity of boutiques and art galleries. Attend a music concert or live performance show at the Arts Garage. Experience the architecture, art and culture of Japan with a stroll through the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

Boca Raton

Less than 30 miles from West Palm Beach, Boca Raton makes a great day trip for those looking for outdoor activities and encounters with nature. The city is home to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, which offers a sea turtle sanctuary, aquarium, butterfly garden, and boardwalk trails through woodlands to see local wildlife.

All of the above destinations make for a great day trip that you won’t forget while on vacation in West Palm Beach. And after a long day, you’ll be able to return back to your hotel, vacation rental, or bed and breakfast in West Palm Beach to rest up for the next day’s adventures.

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