5 Ways to Enjoy Retirement in Palm Beach

Make the most of your retirement with these Palm Beach attractions. From getting lost in a romantic garden, to taking a stroll along the lakefront trail—only to end the night at a supper club that will take you back in time. Consider these things to do in Palm Beach and tap into your inner adventurer.


Want to stay a while? There are plenty of retirement communities in Palm Beach that are worth exploring. To start, consider Boca Flores. About a 40-minute commute to Palm Beach, it offers the opportunity to explore activities in Palm Beach while still being nestled in the cozy community of Boca Raton.


Things to Do in Palm Beach

Consider these activities in Palm Beach when trying to put together your perfect escape.

The Society of the Four Arts

The Society of the Four Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization that hosts events, art exhibitions, notable speakers, concerts, films, and educational programs. Founded in 1936, the 10-acre campus is located along the Intercoastal Waterway, offering beautiful water views. The space itself includes a performance hall, art gallery, modern education center devoted to lifelong learning, library, and children’s library.


There are also two beautiful sculpture gardens to explore. Designed in 1938, The Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden and Four Arts Botanical Gardens offer a charming escape, with breathtaking sculptures and a quiet serenity that surrounds the space. You’ll find work by renowned sculpture artists, well-maintained floral paths, and a variety of fountains and ponds. And admission to the garden is free.


Lakefront Trail

Exiting from The Society of the Four Arts, take the lakefront trail that runs behinds and enjoy a peaceful stroll along some of Palm Springs most beautiful architecture. The trail also runs along the water, so you’ll enjoy waterfront views the entire time. From the trail you can get to two other Palm Beach attractions, Bethesda by the Sea and the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.


Bethesda by the Sea

A historic landmark that reflects the deep, rich roots of Episcopal faith in the Palm Beach community, The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea is a privately-owned property that allows all guests to tour the grounds. The site was first constructed in 1926 and offers a view of ornate buildings, a beautiful sanctuary, and large, well-kept gardens that encourage you to pause and experience the beauty of the area. This spot is about a 13-minute walk from The Society of Four Arts, taking you on a slight detour off the trail.


Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

According to the museum's site, the New York Herald proclaimed at its inception in 1902 that Whitehall—Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world."


The estate was originally a wedding present from Flagler to his new bride, Mary Lily Kenan. variety of striking spaces each filled with breathtaking 19th-century splendor and enduring architectural details. A 75-room Beaux-Arts palace, you’ll find marble floors, painted ceilings, and crystal chandeliers that impart a classic atmosphere that’s stood the test of time. Now a National Historic Landmark, the museum offers self-guided tours, changing exhibitions, and special programs.


The Purple Room

End your night of Palm Beach attractions at a supper club, where the sophistication and glamor of the Rat Pack era comes to life. Attached to the Club Trinidad Hotel—The Purple Room is where Frank, Sammy, Dean, and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s. Get transported back with an intimate and inviting room that offers classic cocktails, world-class cuisine, and live entertainment seven nights a week. You’ll find jazz bands with no cover, Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday, tickets to shows have to be purchased in advance.


There are plenty of things to do in Palm Beach. If you’re considering retirement communities in Palm Beach, a lack of attractions shouldn’t be your concern. There are also plenty of ways to stay active in the area and a few good reasons in general why you might want to consider retiring in Florida.


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Published  1.7.22  

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