Palm Beach County, FL
Henry Flagler, who was instrumental in Palm Beach County’s development in the late 19th century and early 20th century, first visited in 1892, describing the area as a “veritable paradise.” Flagler subsequently purchased land on both sides of Lake Worth. Other investors followed suit, causing a small boom and bringing in existing businesses or new ones were established. The Royal Poinciana Hotel, constructed by Flagler to accommodate wealthy tourists, opened for business in February 1894. About a month later, the Florida East Coast Railway, owned by Flagler, reached West Palm Beach. On November 5, 1894, Palm Beach County’s oldest city, West Palm Beach, was incorporated. In 1896, another hotel built by Flagler was opened, the Palm Beach Inn, later renamed the The Breakers.He also constructed his own winter home beginning in 1900; he and his wife moved in on February 6, 1902.
Come explore The Palm Beaches, and experience for yourself what so many loyal visitors have already discovered to be the best way to experience Florida. Enjoy a fascinating array of cultural venues, sample the culinary masterworks of celebrity chef-owned restaurants, and take in one of dozens of internationally renowned destination events. Fish or dive in the Gulf Stream-warmed waters, take pleasure in the breathtaking beauty of the unique Florida ecosystem, and make memories at some of the many family-friendly attractions. Soak up sunshine on pristine beaches and golf on world-class courses. Shop trendy downtown districts and absorb the energy of the vibrant nightlife. We invite you to visit and have the time of your life!
Places of Interest:
- American Orchid Society Visitors Center and Botanical Garden
- Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
- Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
- Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
- Lion Country Safari
- Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, including the Roji-en Japanese Gardens
- Mounts Botanical Garden
- Norton Museum of Art
- Palm Beach Maritime Museum
- Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
- South Florida Science Museum