Get out of Palm Beach Gardens this Winter

No matter how much you love where you live, sometimes you just need to leave. Take a trip down the coast, visit a city you’ve never seen, or watch a sunset over an unfamiliar landscape, just get out of the same old place and routine. This feeling strikes even more true during the winter, when the days are shorter and the nights colder. Fortunately, Palm Beach Gardens is just a day trip away from some of the best sights Florida has to offer.

Lake Okeechobee– Who doesn’t love a good fishing trip? It’s a tradition as old as time, and Lake Okeechobee is the perfect location for it. Known for its largemouth bass and speckled perch, this 750 square mile lake boasts some of the best fishing in the country, miles of hiking trails, boating trips and more. Located outside of Clewiston, affectionately known as “America’s Sweetest Town,” learn all about the area at the Clewiston museum and old police station. If you’re interested in spending the night, the Clewiston Inn is known for its quintessential southern style home cooking. Lake Okeechobee is the quaint escape you need this winter.

Miami– There’s nowhere quite like Miami. From the beaches, to the nightlife and the history, there’s more than a little bit of everything in this beachside city. For the foodies, nothing beats Calle Ocho in Little Havana. The air is thick with the scent of boliche, hand made empanadas, and arroz con pollo… just don’t leave without grabbing a Café Cubano! After lunch, head to the dazzling Art Deco District for a quick tour of over 800 Art Deco buildings. From there, it’s up to you what to do next! Want to go shopping? Check out Coconut Grove for all the shops you could ever want. Interested in deep-sea fishing? There are boats for hire, and tours go out constantly. Want to catch a game? Take your pick! Miami has every sport you’re interested in. Art festivals, great outdoor dining, beer and wine festivals, Miami truly has it all. The only question to ask is, when are you coming back?

Everglades National Park– If you’re more into nature and less the nightlife scene, you need to go to the Everglades National Park. The Everglades truly are unlike anything else. 1.5 million acres of pristine landscape, nearly untouched by man, stretching as far as the eye can see. The Everglades are home to many rare and endangered species, including the manatee, American crocodile and even the Florida Panther. Considered a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a specially protected wetland area. Covering 2,400 square miles, there’s so much to do and so much to see! From hiking, and biking to canoeing and kayaking, the Everglades is a paradise for the outdoorsy type. Just remember bug spray.

Cape Canaveral– Space, the final frontier! Few things are more wondrous, mysterious, and awe inspiring. Fortunately, living in Florida affords the chance to go learn about it firsthand, where it all started! From astronaut training, to actually watching a live rocket launch, the Kennedy Space Center is a sight to behold. And this winter, something extra special is happening. Through the 31st, you can get into the holiday spirit with a 1960s inspired holiday celebration! This retro exhibit features 1960s styles, LED light shows, and more. Be sure to check it out!

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