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Tampa Mama Travels: 3 Perfect Days in the Palm Beaches Florida

My kids are getting to an age where they are able to reminisce their childhood adventures as we sit around the family dinner table and talk about “remember when…” It has become all to real as they are beginning to grow up, that they will be spreading their wings sooner than later. So on the rare occasion that I’m able to steal them away for a weekend getaway, I’m delighted when we come back from our adventures and I hear the kids talk about what memories we made, that will hopefully become core memories as they look back upon their childhood.

The Palm Beaches Florida was the perfect 3-day weekend getaway from Tampa. A short 3- and a half hour drive across the state and you’ve arrived in paradise. This luxurious coastal destination in South Florida has a month long celebration of all things arts and culture in The Palm Beaches (AKA: MOSAIC – Month of Shows, Art, Ideas, and Culture) happening through the month of May.

I knew it would be a perfect getaway for my girls and I to indulge ourselves in fancy dinners, luxury hotels, museum visits, art classes and escape for the weekend with my best girls.  Here’s what we did on our 3 perfect days in Palm Beach:

Day 1 in The Palm Beaches

Pack those suitcases with swimsuits and sun dresses and set your GPS for Palm Beach!  You’ll drive right through the heart of Florida where the farmland is vast and the sun shines high and bright as you make your way across the state to the beautiful beaches of Palm Beach.

We headed to the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts where we started our weekend with a glass fusing class.  A perfect class for the whole family.  They also have glass blowing and flame working. Our pieces of art were mailed to us after they were fused in kiln and then shaped into a dish.

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We checked into our hotel The Canopy West Palm Beach, a brand new hotel in downtown, that was a perfect and central location for us.  This boutique hotel was such a perfect place for us!  A fun rooftop pool, complementary Canopy bikes to explore the city, beautiful rooms that have the most comfortable beds and even a Nespresso machine to start my day.

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As we checked in–I enjoyed a complementary cocktail in the hotel lounge. We rested and got cleaned up ready for a fancy girl’s night on the town.  As we drove over to Palm Beach to the Breakers for dinner, we marveled at the palm tree lined streets, mansions and beautiful blue waters from afar, we were beyond excited to step into history at one of the most iconic hotels that founded Florida tourism as we know it today.

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The Breakers Palm Beach was built by Henry M. Flagler, one of America’s greatest industrialists. He built this seaside hotel in 1896 as a part of his dream of building the American Rivera on the west coast of Florida. Truly an iconic destination of Florida, this world–class luxury historic hotel was a dream to walk through.  We marveled at the interior and enjoyed the waves as they broke and crashed into the shore.

We ate a wonderful fancy dinner at The Italian Restaurant and enjoyed the beach after dinner.

Pro Tip:  Definitely call to make a reservation at any restaurant prior to arriving to The Breakers.  Bring your appetite!  And if you are visiting sans kids, you MUST bring your best cocktail chic attire and enjoy drinks at HMF, Palm Beach’s hottest social club (previously know as the Florentine Room where the “glitterati drank and dined for decades”).  It is truly as fabulous as it sounds and will transport you instantaneously to a place of Gatsby-esque glamour. It’s a definitely a must-do when in Palm Beach.

We ended the night at Crema Rolls!  Thai rolled ice cream made with fresh ingredients and unique flavors for everyone. Delicious!

Day 2 in The Palm Beaches

We started our day early and grabbed breakfast in the lobby of our hotel at Banter. Locally sourced food and ambiance of a mix of cultures and flavors that made South Florida made this a perfect start to the day.  East Coast Toast and a Healthy Parfait with fresh Florida berries we our favorites!

We had an ambitious day planned to explore as much of Palm Beach that we could!  We started at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida. This non-profit wildlife hospital and sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of Florida’s wildlife.  They operate solely on donations and are open to the public for education and the hope to rescue any of Florida wildlife, rehabilitate and of course, release back to the wild when possible.

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Nature is truly our classroom to learn about how to take care of our environment for the animals that live in our backyards. This is a wonderful place to visit when you are in Palm Beach!

We are lighthouse enthusiasts and have climbed 5 of Florida’s iconic lighthouse on our previous travels across the state!  Our next stop was the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.  During the month of May, it’s BOGO for children’s admission!  Climb the winding 105 steps to the top of the oldest structure in Palm Beach County.  The views at the top are worth it:

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We had lunch at U-Tiki Beach right on the water at the Jupiter Inlet Marina.  A perfect day to watch the yachts go by and enjoy the vibrant blue water views.  Lunch was perfection- sushi and blackened Mahi-Mahi were a hit.  A perfect place to sit and relax before your next adventure!

We made reservations at the Lighthouse Art Center Gallery for a clay class that we thought would be fun and relaxing!  We had the best time with their highly skilled artist and learned that they offer a plethora of classes on a variety of types of arts too.  If you are in the area longer than just a weekend, they have camps for kids and school-style lessons for kids and adults to truly do a deeper dive into an art form. They also have a wonderful gallery with a variety of exhibitions as they host events, lectures and live performances with both local and internationally known artists.

Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery_Marisa Langford_ TampaMama

We needed a break and decided to stop at a beach in Jupiter to just enjoy the rest of the sunlight that day. We had packed our swimsuits and a beach bag with towels and a few beach things.  We headed to A1A “beach front avenue” and found that parking was free!  We enjoyed the rest of the day at the beach, splashing in the waves that are so different from our Gulf Coast shores on the West Coast of Florida.  Definitely a must-do for any Palm Beach trip.

We had already had our “fancy dinner night” so we decided to do take out from our favorite chain restaurant and eat dinner in our room as we wanted to take full advantage of our girl’s weekend- watching rom-coms and eating dessert in bed.  It was a perfect night with my girls and one of the many reasons I love taking these trips with them.

Day 3 in The Palm Beaches

We woke up and took advantage of an empty hot tub on the rooftop and ate a simple breakfast while we watched the sunrise over Palm Beach.  We packed up and headed out for a few more excursions before we headed home to Tampa.

We stopped at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium to explore a few of the children’s activities that Palm Beach has to offer! What a fun place!  Lots of learning and and fun hands on activities for kids!  They even have a planetarium, a splash pad, putt-putt mini-golf course and out door science lab! Such a fun place to bring the kids.

South Florida Science Center _Marisa Langford_ TampaMama

We headed next door to the Palm Beach Zoo and continued to explore!  The Palm Beach Zoo has a super cool Nature Play Pavilion and make sure to bring your swim suit for the Palm Beach Zoo Play Fountain to cool off from the Florida heat after you’ve walked and toured their beautiful zoo!

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On our way North, before we headed out of town, we had lunch at the famous Guanabanas, a 100% open air tiki hut under the banyan trees and hidden in a lunch tropical setting on the water.  Expect a wait (no reservations are excepted) so grab a drink and wait outside on the dock in your Adirondack chair and watch the clouds go by before your table is called.  It was a perfect way to end our trip.

MOSAIC, the month long celebration of all things arts and culture in The Palm Beaches, takes place from May 1-31. As part of their month long celebration of arts and culture, you and your family can visit the following institutions at discounted rates. Here are a few of the places that are offering discounts for the month of May and more can be found at  Cultural Council For Palm Beach

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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