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West Palm Beach Travel Guide

City Place adjoins the internationally renowned Kravis Centre for the Performing Arts, a 2200 seat glass, marble, and copper showcase with a year round events calendar of top class events. The 250 seat Rinker Playhouse on premises includes a space for children's programming, family productions and other special events. The Palm Beach Opera stages four performances at the Kravis Centre each winter. There are also occasional performances by the Palm Beach Philharmonic Orchestra at the centre.

The city’s commercial heart lies along the beautifully landscaped Clematis Street where there are boutiques and restaurants in authentically restored buildings. The street also has a very popular fountain, and is the centre of the city’s nightlife. There is a free downtown shuttle by day and free on-street parking at night and on weekends. For those who wish to enjoy a flutter on the tables, there are daily casino cruises departing from the Port of Palm Beach for nearby international waters.

Back on land, there is the Greyhound track and Club. Golf, polo, and the full spectrum of water sports including snorkelling, diving, swimming, surfing, boating and fishing are all available year round, along with many activities of interest to families with children. Among these are the 22-acre Dreher Park Zoo with its creature friendly natural habitats, the South Florida Science Museum, Aquarium and Planetarium, and Lion Country Safari. The Lion Country Safai is a 500-acre preserve, which contains species and appropriate habitats in which 1300 wild animals roam. The reserve home to lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, chimpanzees, ostriches, and water buffalo. Visitors drive through on 8 miles of paved roads accompanied by an excellent self-guided cassette tape tour commentary.

Across the Flagler Bridge is the exclusive island community of Palm Beach. Its world famous trademark is Worth Avenue with countless designer boutiques, and ladies who lunch. A few short blocks from downtown, along County Road and Ocean Boulevard (the shore road, also designated as Route A1A), are Palm Beach's mansions and the well-tended beaches leading down to the glorious expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

South of Palm Beach, along Route A1A, are Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach, which offer more shopping, dining, and recreation options. North of West Palm Beach are Singer Island, Juno and Jupiter with their miles of fine sandy beaches, open spaces and parks. The phenomenon of the migration, nest building, and hatching of sea turtles takes place annually in this area, and outshines any of the human engineered attractions you will encounter in the area. The 221 square mile Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, a part of the incomparable Everglades, is located in the surrounding area. Beyond are sugar cane fields and the road to Lake Okeechobee.

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