Keen naturalists and outdoorsy types have every reason to visit the Sunshine State. Not only is Florida skirted with miles of golden sands and flanked by a vibrant living barrier reef, it’s also home to a wealth of national parks with World Heritage status. Enjoy a family adventure in the wilds of the Everglades or combine your love of nature with conservation by helping to save the sea turtles. All within easy reach of The Chesterfield Palm Beach, here are the best things to do in Palm Beach for nature lovers.
Kick back on unspoilt sands
With 47 miles of untouched coastline, it’s easy to mark out an idyllic patch of secluded Floridan sand. The Chesterfield Palm Beach provides guests with all the essentials for a relaxing day at the beach; the difficult part is choosing where to go. Midtown Beach is a beautiful blonde stretch that’s just an eight-minute walk from The Chesterfield. Accessible by boat, Peanut Island is a cluster of idyllic beaches that are also easily accessed from the hotel.
Try an aquatic adventure sport
Make the most of the balmy weather and try your hand at the many water sports available in the area. Perfect your balance and core strength with paddle boarding and surfing or head to Coral Cove Park, half an hour from the hotel, to snorkel around the vivid coral formations that fringe Palm Beach’s shores.
Help protect the sea turtles
From rewarding beach clean-ups to educational events at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, there’s plenty of things to do in Palm Beach for those looking to give back while enjoying the region’s natural beauty. Every year, between May and October, loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles nest on Palm Beach’s sandy shores. Visitors can give their hatchlings a fighting chance of reaching the ocean by smoothing over sandcastles and filling any holes dug in the sand during the day, as these can confuse young turtles heading for the water.
Trot out across scenic horse country
Trade Palm Beach for the verdant wilds of Wellington inland. It’s prime horse-riding country within a stone’s throw of The Chesterfield. Naturalists can saddle up and gallop through shaded pine forests, amble across rolling farmland and trot along the banks of slow-gliding rivers.
Visit Mounts Botanical Garden
Green-fingered guests looking for things to do in Palm Beach should make a beeline for Mounts Botanical Garden. Some sections are devoted to edible plants, fragrant roses and lush Mediterranean foliage, while others comprise flowers that bloom in the desert, tropical jungles and exquisite water gardens. The Mounts’ team of talented horticulturalists experiment with new plants all year round.
Go wild in the Everglades
One of the state’s most compelling natural landscapes, the Everglades National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers. The park is home to numerous rare species including manatees, American crocodiles and the elusive Florida panther. Take a thrilling glide across alligator-infested waters on a guided airboat tour—a safe and scenic way to take in the country’s largest subtropical wilderness.
Experience a wealth of fun things to do in Palm Beach when staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ The Chesterfield Palm Beach.