The sun-drenched Palm Beaches of South Florida is a lush green slice of paradise located between Miami and Orlando. A collection of 39 diverse cities and towns that spans more than 2,300 square miles and stretches across 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. There’s something for everyone – the flavours of the farmland and freshly-caught seafood, shopping at traditional malls or along historically charming avenues, sporting events from golf and polo to baseball and croquet and more than 200 cultural and family-friendly attractions.
The Palm Beaches will see a number of new highlights in 2018.
Recently opened in Downtown Delray Beach, AVANT is the latest restaurant from Society 8. Taking inspirations from the guerilla art movement of the early 1980s in New York City, AVANT will showcase a globally-inspired menu and original artistic elements from South Florida artists.
This October, nano-brewers Dominick Peri and Ken Gross will open Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton. Their one-barrel brewhouse, located inside a 2,200-square-foot warehouse bay, will feature a tasting room and lounge area. With more than a dozen wine already in-house, the team also plans to launch an in-house aging program.
A new food and drink-centric district is coming to West Palm Beach later this year. The Warehouse District, an eclectic urban neighbourhood comprised of eight vintage-style buildings, is experiencing a transformation spearheaded by local food and beverage vendors, artists, fitness enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. The 85,000-square-foot district is located southwest of the Palm Beach County Convention Center near Downtown West Palm Beach.
Within the District, Grandview Public Market will be a multi-vendor food hall and is the first of its kind in South Florida. The repurposed mid-century warehouse will provide a beautifully curated dining and shopping experience from a wide range of local and national purveyors.
Downtown West Palm Beach will soon have its first craft brewery, tap room and wine vault, West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault. The brewery will be located only one block away from the West Palm Beach Brightline station. The brewery’s owner will sell his own private label bottles of California small-batch wines exclusively at the wine vault.
New Attractions and Activities
An amazing astronaut exhibition will arrive at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, boasting 26 hands-on, interactive exhibits. The immersive experience surrounds guests with life-sized living quarters necessary to survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space will get their questions answered at this blockbuster exhibit. The exhibit will be on display October 14, 2017, until April 15, 2018.
The Norton Museum of Art is set to debut a transformation in 2018. The expansion and renovation will further serve visitors by enhancing its 6.3-acre campus with an additional gallery space for exhibitions, an education centre with two new classrooms and student gallery, a state-of-the-art auditorium, an adjoining sculpture garden, a soaring Great Hall, a dining pavilion with garden terrace, and six restored historic houses. This September through next January, Earth Works – Mapping the Anthropocene* comes to the Museum with artist and photographer Justin Guariglia’s works. During the past two years, Guariglia was embedded in missions undertaken by NASA scientists working over Greenland to study how melting glaciers are affecting sea level rise. His works from the missions will be on display through January 7, 2018.
Lion Country Safari, Florida’s only drive-through safari park, had a new addition in August 2017, a wee baby giraffe weighing in at 150 pounds. Mom Pammella and baby Zuri will be segregated for a while but still visible when driving through sections of the park.