A CUL­TURAL PAR­ADISE

Jump right into a host of events and ac­tiv­i­ties pre­sented by the Cul­tural Coun­cil of Palm Beach County.

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine - - Table Of Contents - BY STEVE WIN­STON

Ahhh . . . win­ter in The Palm Beaches. When the weather is per­fect and Florida’s Cul­tural Cap­i­tal thrives with mu­sic, dance, the­atre, visual arts, sci­ence, his­tory, fes­ti­vals and more. Cul­ture is ev­ery­where you look in The Palm Beaches, in­side and out. Luck­ily, the Cul­tural Coun­cil of Palm Beach County, the of­fi­cial sup­port agency for arts and cul­ture in The Palm Beaches, can help—whether through its unique Cul­tural Concierge pro­gram, events cal­en­dar or its VISIT Florida-des­ig­nated Tourism In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

Boast­ing over 200 cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions and 75 kilo­me­tres of pris­tine beaches and azure wa­ter, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one in The Palm Beaches. Take Old School Square, for ex­am­ple. When Del­ray Beach Ele­men­tary School opened, stu­dents and teach­ers could never have imag­ined these classic build­ings would one day be the heart of a su­perb cul­tural com­plex in one of the county’s most vi­brant down­towns. To­day, the Cor­nell Art Mu­seum hosts the works of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists spe­cial­iz­ing in var­i­ous me­dia. The Crest The­atre presents pro­duc­tions rang­ing from cabaret to classic works. The Field­house build­ing— formerly the gym­na­sium—is now also a per­for­mance venue.

From Old School Square, drive south a few min­utes to ex­plore Gumbo Limbo Na­ture Cen­ter, a nine-hectare coastal fa­cil­ity in Boca Ra­ton, which ed­u­cates guests about Florida’s unique coastal and ma­rine wildlife. Lo­cated on a bar­rier is­land, Gumbo Limbo fea­tures a new board­walk trail, a sea tur­tle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity where you can get up close and per­sonal with the pa­tients, large out­door aquar­i­ums, a but­ter­fly gar­den and more.

Af­ter tour­ing Gumbo Limbo, step back in time at the Boca Ra­ton His­tory Mu­seum, housed in Boca’s his­toric 1927 Town Hall, to learn about the colour­ful his­tory of this glam­orous town. You might even hear a tale or two about the town’s larger-than-life founder and fa­mous ar­chi­tect, Ad­di­son Mizner, who never ven­tured out with­out his pet mon­key on his shoul­der. (The mon­key once ran for mayor of Palm Beach but that’s an­other story.)

Speak­ing of Boca, the Boca Ra­ton Mu­seum of Art is a work of art in it­self. Sit­u­ated in Mizner Park, it in­spires you from the mo­ment you ar­rive. Wan­der through col­lec­tions of art, sculp­tures and pho­to­graphic works of the masters and avant-garde works of new masters. Later, top off your day ex­plor­ing Mizner Park’s many lo­cal bou­tiques and restau­rants.

In Juno Beach, Log­ger­head Marinelife Cen­ter is a per­fect place to learn more about Florida’s beloved sea tur­tles. In The Palm Beaches, fe­males nest from March through Oc­to­ber. In fact, The Palm Beaches is home to one of the world’s most densely pop­u­lated sea tur­tle nest­ing beaches.

These are just some of the des­ti­na­tions await­ing you in Florida’s Cul­tural Cap­i­tal. So, what are you waiting for?

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