When people think of traveling to Palm Beach County, they often think of cities like West Palm Beach or Boca Raton. Rarely is Boynton Beach listed on a person’s Palm Beach itinerary. While Boynton Beach might not have all the exciting attractions of bigger cities in the area, there are many ways you can enjoy yourself in this semi-secluded coastal town. Below, we’ll go over a few of the best things to do in Boynton Beach.
Main Attractions In Boynton Beach
1. Get Your Nature on at Green Cay
Nature freaks will find plenty of places to visit in Boynton Beach. Indeed, Boynton Beach is home to one of the most famous wildlife areas in Palm Beach County: the Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands. This relatively new man-made nature center offers guests 100 acres of wetland to explore. As you walk along the 1.5-mile long boardwalk, you’ll see a wide variety of local flora and fauna, including the always popular Florida turtles and alligators.
Green Cay also hosts a few special events throughout the year, so be sure to check out their official website before you visit. If you need more convincing to visit Green Cay, then consider that this nature center is number one on TripAdvisor‘s list of things to do in Boynton Beach. You’ll find Green Cay at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road.
2. Beer, Beer, and More Beer!
If you love the sudsy stuff, then you’ll find plenty of things to do in Boynton Beach. Here are just a few of the wonderful breweries in the area that you could book a tour with: Due South Brewing Company, NOBO Brewing Company, and Devour Brewing Company. All of these companies have different tour schedules, so be sure to check out their websites before visiting.
Anyone who lives in the area might want to give Boynton Beach’s Bon Beer Voyage a call. Bon Beer Voyage is a travel company that offers members the opportunity to try craft beers all around the world. To inquire about membership, visit Bon Beer Voyage’s official website at BonBeer.com or send them a letter at 901 North Congress Avenue, Suite D104, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.
3. Lounge at the Oceanfront Beach Park
While you’re on Boynton Beach, you should, you know, actually visit the beach! One of the best beach areas to visit in this town is called Oceanfront Beach Park. Frequent travelers claim this beach is one of the cleanest and most secluded in Palm Beach County.
Here you’ll find plenty of grills, a recreational area, a small café, showers, an even a few cabana rentals. Fishers will find incredible opportunities for casting their line on this beach. This is a superb spot to watch the Floridian sunset with your loved ones.
You’ll find this section of the beach at 6415 N Ocean Boulevard. Note, there is a small fee for parking in the beach’s lot.
Other Things To Do In Boynton Beach
4. Visit Endangered Species at A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Was Green Cay not enough? Need more eco-tourism? If so, then add a stop to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to your itinerary. Located at 10216 Lee Road, A.R.M Loxahatchee encompasses 143,954 acres, 400 of which are extremely well-preserved cypress swamplands. Bird-watchers will especially enjoy a journey through this wildlife area, considering there are well over 250 bird species to spot. There are so many different birds here that the A.R.M. Loxahatchee put together an e-bird tracker you could download onto your mobile device.
Besides birds, you’re also bound to see bobcats, deer, alligators, snakes, and salamanders…and so much more! A few of the key animals to look out for here include the wood stork, the snail kite, the Florida sandhill crane, and the American alligator. All four of these animals are endangered and A.R.M. Loxahatchee is working hard to keep them from falling into extinction. Besides walking around this reserve, you can also take a relaxing kayak ride or book a tram tour.
5. Take the Kids to Pet-N-Parties
One of the best things to do in Boynton Beach with children is to visit the Pet-N-Parties Zoo. As the name suggests, this is a petting zoo where kids can feed, pet, and even ride various animals. A few animals you’ll encounter here include baby lambs, goats, pigs, donkeys, cows, and llamas.
For a bit extra, you could also let your kid have a pony and/or camel ride, jump in a bounce house, or meet one of the zoo’s more “exotic” animals like a lemur, kangaroo, or sloth. After visiting all the critters, be sure to visit Pet-N-Parties charming farmer’s market.
You’ll find this cute petting zoo at 10066 Lee Road.
6. Enjoy Boynton’s Eclectic Dining Selection
As you should expect from a seaside town, Boynton Beach has tons of wonderful fresh seafood restaurants. However, you don’t have to be a seafood junkie to have a good foodie experience in this town. There are many wonderful Italian, Mexican, American, and even Japanese restaurants to try out here.
A few of the most popular seafood eateries in the area include Prime Catch, Hurricane Alley, and Two Georges Waterfront Grille. For people out there looking to “taste the world,” check out these more diverse restaurants: Benvenuto, Sushi Simon, and Chris’ Taverna.
If you don’t find anything to your liking in Boynton Beach’s culinary scene, no worries. Always remember that you have incredible cities like West Palm Beach and Boca Raton just a few miles away.
How to Get to Boynton Beach
The closest airport to Boynton Beach is Palm Beach International Airport (IATA: PBI). This airport is located in West Palm Beach and offers passenger flights on over 15 airlines like American Eagle, Air Canada, and JetBlue. From PBI, all you have to do is travel on I-95 South towards FL-804 West for about 10 miles to get to Boynton Beach.
Many international tourists probably won’t be able to fly directly into PBI. For these tourists, the next closest major airport to Palm Beach County is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (IATA: FLL). To get to PBI from FLL, get onto I-95 N towards FL-804 W and get off at Exit 57. This ride should take you about 45 minutes.
Relax in Boynton Beach this Summer
As you can see, there are plenty of relaxing things to do in Boynton Beach. True, there aren’t as many flashy and “exciting” draws in this little piece of Palm Beach County, but Boynton Beach is a fabulous place to just take it easy and commune with Florida’s natural scenery. If you’ve got the opportunity, definitely consider spending a few days in this remarkable coastal town.