Here in Palm Beach County, we take our sea turtles seriously. And rightly so. Nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. happens in Florida and the majority of that is in Palm Beach County. According to the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM) website, we have “more sea turtle nests per mile than anywhere else in the United States”.
When we were kids, there was the annual tradition of piling in the car to drive around and look at the Christmas lights. It was one of the most magical highlights of the holiday season. But if driving aimlessly around looking for lights isn’t your style, there are still plenty of places to visit that can be well-planned. Below is a list of some of the largest tree and light displays around the county that are lovely photo ops.
So many things, big and small, make our island home special. Last week, we started counting down 10 Things We Love About Palm Beach in photos on Facebook and Instagram. We’ve reached the half-way point, so it’s the perfect time to blog! After all, who doesn’t love to look at and read about delicious food. Here's number five:
So many things, big and small, make our island home special. Here are just a few of the things we love about Palm Beach.
#10 - Palm Trees & Twinkle Lights: no holiday needed to feel festive
#9 - Meandering Downtown Paths: get lost on a historic waterfront property
#8 - Spectacular Sunrises
#7 - Historic architecture
#6 - Arts & Culture: Arts, Sciences, History, Community all championed by a local organization
#5 - Foodies Paradise
#4 - Home & Garden Eye Candy
#3 - Stunning Sunsets on the Water
Did you know just how big Palm Beach County is? Which two statements are true
- It’s the largest county in the continental U.S.
- It’s the largest county east of the Mississippi River.
- It’s larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island.
- It’s the largest county in Florida.
If you chose #3 & 4, you know your local geography! Including Lake Okeechobee, our county is over 2,000 square miles in area. No wonder we have so much room to roam and explore!
Can you guess how many unique ecosystems (geographic areas where plants & animals work together in a unique “neighborhood”) can be found in Palm Beach County?
If you chose 9, you know your Palm Beach County. There are nine unique ecosystems in the county whose plant and animal life is affected by small changes in elevation, water salinity, soil, & fire frequency.
Many miles to hike! Palm Beach County is home to a plethora of parks and natural areas with a variety of native ecosystems. Different soil and water salinity play a part in determining the type of plant system that will thrive. According to the county website, within the parks system you can experience nine different unique ecosystems and plenty of wildlife. More on that in upcoming blogs.
Just off the coast of Riviera Beach forty feet down, divers will find a magical world where fantasy meets real life. There you will find an artificial reef called 1000 Mermaids, where mythical creatures come to life…with marine life, that is.
Where else but Palm Beach? It’s a pop-up party - kids can play and parents can shop (some stores will be offering discounts and/or donating to the cause. There will also be music and a costume contest for adults, kids and dogs (of course!) on Saturday. It is also the perfect place for some photos!
Appointments preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated as possible.
It’s Mad Hatter Day! Did you know in the 8th century, hat-making included a process called “carroting”, which included a chemical that made the hatters crazy mad? What chemical poisoned some of these ancient milliners?
If you chose mercury, you know your hat history! Thank goodness, hat-making (and wearing) are safe these days. So don your favorite Palm Beach fabulous beach hat and show your style!