7 things to check off your Palm Beach County bucket list this summer

Things look a little different around West Palm Beach this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun and (safely) explore the city. So grab your hand sanitizer, your face mask, and your sunblock and get ready to make the most out of a summer in Palm Beach County!

NOTE: At the time of this article, we are under an Executive Order by Palm Beach County Executive Order (effective 6.24.2020) that mandates the use of masks or face coverings in any public building or public area, where social distancing is not possible. Please click here for additional information.

1. Rent paddle boards, kayaks, & snorkel gear in Riviera Beach

The Riviera Beach Marina Village is open for visitors to come and enjoy a day on the Intracoastal Waterway. There are several kiosks set up at the Marina Village where you can rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks for a fun-filled day on the water surrounding Palm Beach, Singer Island, and Peanut Island.

When you wrap up your day in the sun, stop by Rafiki Tiki Bar & Grill for a delicious dinner and a cocktail. Outdoor seating is available on the patio and you can catch happy hour prices from 3-7 p.m.

2. Make a socially-distanced shopping trip

If you’re like me and you’ve been working from home in your sweatpants for several months now, it might be a good mood booster to upgrade your wardrobe! We have so many great shopping centers in South Florida, you’re sure to find something to put a little pep in your step for your next Zoom meeting. Many retailers are offering online shopping options with curbside pick-up. If you do decide to go into a store, make sure you read up on their facial covering policy, especially when under a countywide mandate. A few of our favorite shopping centers include:

  • The Gardens Mall (Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Downtown at the Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Mizner Park (Boca Raton)
  • Palm Beach Outlets (West Palm Beach)
  • The Royal Poinciana Plaza (Palm Beach)
  • Rosemary Square (West Palm Beach)
  • Grandview Public Market (West Palm Beach)
  • Delray Marketplace (Delray Beach)
  • Mall at Wellington Green (Wellington)

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3. Go wild at local animal parks and sanctuaries

There are so many fun attractions that are back open to the public this summer in the Palm Beaches. There’s something for every animal lover in the Palm Beaches. Brush up on your sea turtle knowledge at Loggerhead Marinelife Center or feed a giraffe at Lion Country Safari! We recommend calling before you head to any of our favorite attractions to make sure they’re still open to visitors and to make yourself aware of any updating policies due to COVID-19.

  • Lion Country Safari
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • Manatee Lagoon
  • Palm Beach Zoo
  • Panther Ridge Conservation Center
  • McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sandoway Discovery Center

4. Book a staycation for you and a friend

Did you know that a lot of hotels in the Palm Beaches offer a special rate for Florida residents? You do now! Get your travel fix this summer by treating yourself to a little staycation in our area. Sometimes, a change of scenery is all it takes to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the summer.

5. Get a cocktail at a rooftop bar in West Palm Beach

Sip a delicious drink while watching the sunset this summer at one of West Palm Beach’s several rooftop restaurants. Keep in mind that restaurants might be operating at 50% capacity due to the pandemic so we suggest calling ahead for reservations, if available.

6. Boat around the beautiful waters of Jupiter Inlet

Whether you’re prepared to captain your own boat or you want someone else to cruise you around, there are several options for boating in the Jupiter area! Explore the crystal blue waters during the day, then head over to Guanabana’s or Square Grouper for outdoor live music and a cool beverage to wind down.

7. Have a pizza party on the beach

Grab a pie to go from your favorite pizza joint and eat dinner on the beach this summer! There are so many delicious pizza places to choose from in the Palm Beaches…we’ll list a few of ours but if we miss yours, send us an email and we’ll make sure to add it! Also, pineapple belongs on pizza. Don’t @ me.

  • Pizza Girls (West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens)
  • Lynora’s (Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, West Palm Beach)
  • Tomasso’s Pizza (Boca Raton)
  • The Crafty Crust (Jupiter)
  • 123 Datura (West Palm Beach)
  • Pizza Rustica (Delray Beach)
  • Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza (Boca Raton)