Families Can Expect the Unexpected in The Palm Beaches


Ashley Svarney, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
Office: 561-233-3030; Cell: 954-592-6683

Kayla Lynskey, Senior Account Executive
Development Counsellors International
Office: 212-444-7199

Families Can Expect the Unexpected in The Palm Beaches
Discover unique kid-friendly attractions and excursions this summer

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2015) - Summer is the perfect time for families to unplug and reconnect in The Palm Beaches. In addition to the sand and surf stretching along 47 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, a collection of unexpected family attractions await to be discovered.

Journey sky-high and take in views from the top of a lighthouse, scout the Atlantic Ocean for passing ships or take a safari adventure. Step inside a historic mansion and time travel back 100 years or venture into the wilderness to discover the flora and fauna of The Everglades.

A sampling of the distinctive family experiences available in The Palm Beaches includes:

Adventure Mini Golf
The family-fun facility is an adventure style mini-golf with two 18-hole miniature golf courses featuring cascading waterfalls, rapids, fountains, interactive waterholes, plus a snack bar and game room.

Black Sparrow Pirates
Black Sparrow Pirates is a 90-minute interactive cruise around the Intracoastal Waterway. On board activities for families include learning basic nautical terms, hoisting the Jolly Roger, building a treasure map, finding a message in a bottle, defending the ship against invading pirates with water cannons, and find the "X" where the sunken treasure lies.

Blue Heron Fleet LLC
Delivering family fun for more than 50 years, Blue Heron Fleet LLC offers some of the largest and most comfortable fishing vessels available in The Palm Beaches. Excellent fishing year-round off the Palm Beaches can be experienced from the comforts of cushioned seating at both Jupiter and Riviera Beach.

With miniature golf, bumper cars, rock climbing and more, Boomers in Boca Raton offers a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Crank up some friendly competition and check out the Thunder Road Go-Karts fit for two. Its cutting-edge game room provides a chance for individuals to rack up points and win prizes after a long day of adventure.

Diva Duck Tours
This 75-minute adventure includes a complete land and sea tour starting at CityPlace in Downtown West Palm Beach. The musical tour explores must-see landmarks, including the Society of Four Arts and Flagler Museum, and seaside views on the Intracoastal Waterway with full narration.

Flagler Museum
Take a trip back in time with a visit to Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach. View exhibits on the history of Henry Flagler's life and career. Explore Flagler Kenan Pavilion, designed in the style of a 19th century Beaux Arts railway palace, which houses Henry Flagler's private railcar. Discover the Museum's temporary exhibit gallery which features materials on topics related to Florida history and America's Gilded Age. Guided tours, audio tours, printed self-guided brochures and the Flagler Museum Audio Tour are available, included with Museum admission.

Fun Depot
The Fun Depot in Lake Worth is a family owned facility holding high standards for safety, quality and fun. This action packed amusement center is known for its half-mile Go-Kart speedway full of twists and turns. Check out Family Fun Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays for special discounts on rides and arcade games.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
This cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Friends of Gumbo Limbo, hosts environmental programs for all ages, as well as sea turtle-themed activities and events. This includes sea turtle summer camps, turtle walks, hatchling release observations and free outdoor marine feedings.

Hoffman's Chocolate Factory
Located in Greenacres, Fla., Hoffman's is a nationally recognized chocolate factory with over 90 varieties of chocolate and confections with a gourmet ice cream and coffee bar. Hoffman's offers unique novelties and customized gift items for every occasion. Watch candy production weekdays or send the kids to a Children's Chocolatier Class.

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Established in 1989, MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park within the county of Palm Beach. Explore the natural habitats of coastal wildlife on organized nature walks or engage in many of the educational programs it offers on site. Snorkeling and swimming are just a few of the aquatic activities available at the park.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers guided tours of the circa 1860 landmark Jupiter Light. Wander through the waterfront History Museum located in the restored WWII Naval housing quarters building. Outside, visit the Lighthouse Keeper's Workshop, Tindall Pioneer Homestead and Seminole Chickees.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Offering performances from classical to the cutting-edge, including ballet, pop, jazz, Broadway, opera and more, The Kravis Center is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast. True to the spirit in which it was created, the Center is expanding programming by initiating projects on local, national and international levels. This August, catch Big Bang XIX, a dance production by Sean's Dance Factory, and a revival of the Tony Award-winning musical, Side By Side by Sondheim.

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf
Lighthouse Cove is Palm Beach County's premier miniature golf experience, with 36 exciting holes exploring both the nautical wildlife and history of Jupiter. Located on A1A just one block from the beach, Lighthouse Cove offers premium burgers, local craft beers, and hand spun shakes at The Burger Shack at Lighthouse Cove along with 16 flavors of delicious ice cream at 3 Scoops.

Lion Country Safari
See more than 900 wild animals, such as lions, giraffe, zebras, ostrich and rhinos, on a South Florida Safari. After taking the four-mile drive safari, explore Safari World Amusement Park with rides, animal shows, giraffe and bird encounters, a water "spray" ground with waterslides, as well as dozens of animal exhibits.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is an ocean conservation organization and sea turtle hospital located adjacent to Juno Beach, one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the world. The Center serves as a sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, with staff leading specialty tours to see these gentle giants coming to nest between April and October each year.

Loxahatchee Everglades Tours, Inc.
Take an airboat tour into Florida's iconic Everglades and glide over a "River of Grass" while learning about local flora and fauna along the way. Daily tours depart hourly starting at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour departs at 4:00 p.m.

National Croquet Center
Learn to play croquet at The National Croquet Center, the largest croquet complex in the world. Easy to learn, croquet combines "intense" competition, strategic planning and raucous laughter. Free lessons and court time areas are available every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for beginners or by reservation daily.

Palm Beach Eco Tours
Palm Beach Eco Tours offers handicapped-accessible fishing charters, evening cruises, snorkeling adventures and summer camps. Its new vessel, the Thea Marie, has been custom-designed with a loading ramp, bathroom and rounded sides to accommodate wheelchairs. Its glass-bottom electric snorkeling Sea Spis are driven and controlled by hand, providing a view of the underwater world while cruising around Peanut Island. Kayaking, paddle-boarding and sailing activities are also available.

Palm Beach International Raceway
Palm Beach International Raceway is the home of the PRO Winter Warm Up, IHRA Nitro Jam & Thunder Jam, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, Mega Mopar, 5 Day Citrus Nationals and also offers a multitude of other national, regional and local races and car shows fun for the whole family. Summer 2015 calendar highlights include: Florida Pro Karting Series on July 10, Championship Cup Series/Florida on July 25 - 26, Street Legends Powered by Bizspeed on August 14, Outlaw Sunday on August 16 and Florida Track Days on June 13, July 19 and August 1.

Palm Beach Segway Tours
Book a tour with Palm Beach Segway Tours for a fun one or two hour tour in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island. It's a perfect balance between fun and adventure with interesting facts infused along the way. Expertly trained guides will keep visitors entertained, laughing and safe along the way.

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
The Palm Beach Zoo houses over 1,400 animals within 23-acres of lush tropical habitat. Engage in one of its daily shows, including "Wings Over Water" featuring over 20 trained birds that showcase the species' majestic and comical qualities. The Palm Beach Zoo works to serve as an inspiration to educate, support and conserve on behalf of the natural wildlife.

Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Panther Ridge's custom-built center provides its resident cats with native-like habitats. Schedule a tour and be personally guided to each exhibit, amid beautifully landscaped enclosures. Learn about each resident feline species, including caracals, cheetahs, clouded leopards, cougars, jaguars, leopards, ocelots and servals, and the conservation efforts that are trying to save and protect them.

Rapids Water Park
Rapids Water Park is South Florida's largest water park featuring 30-action packed acres of attractions including 35 of the biggest, wettest, most thrilling water slides. The park offers a full day of non-stop fun with something for everyone.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
The South Florida Science Center has established a full hands-on science center, aquarium, planetarium, observatory and more. It maintains variety with both its permanent and traveling exhibits. There are family-oriented activities for all ages including adult lecture series throughout the year. The facility is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit Palm Beach
Visit Palm Beach is the premier provider of recreational activities, tours, excursions and events in West Palm Beach and Singer Island. It provides one-stop shopping to hotels, meeting planners, DMCs, corporate travelers and groups of all sizes as well as servicing Palm Beach County and South Florida.

The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum
The Wick Theatre presents spectacular musicals the whole family can enjoy. This summer's lineup of kid-friendly performances includes Jack and The Beanstalk, Miranda and The Frog Prince, Peter Pan and Hello Dolly. The Costume Museum at the Wick Theatre is an astounding exhibit of the finest costumes ever brought to the Broadway stage by the most honored and respected designers in the history of the American Musical Theatre.

Discover The Palm Beach's newly launched PalmBeachSummer.com offers visitors summer travel for less at leading accommodations from across The Palm Beaches, with tailored packages offering seasonal savings and free night stays.

Purchase the Discover Pass, only available at PalmBeachSummer.com, and receive up to 38 percent off admission to four popular attractions - Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Visit Palm Beach Sunset Sailing Cruise. The Discover Pass is priced at $59.99 for adults and $39.99 for children ages 3 to 12.

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $42 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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