Groups of tourists walk past the current dwelling places of some of the area’s notable residents, such as Addison Cairns Mizner, Paul Ilyinsky, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Unlike the case with traditional celebrity-sighting tours, however, all of these men died decades ago. Their spooky hauntings frame the path of Ghosts of Palm Beach’s walking tours, during which knowledgeable guides share local folklore and paranormal encounters. Stops can include everything from Palm Beach Town Hall to high-fashion shops such as Gucci, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, where the ghosts still try to buy handbags for a dollar and two bits.
At Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddle, owner Tatiana Lovechenko and her team of seasoned instructors guide patrons through informative lessons and scenic tours. Atop the glistening tides of the Florida coast, private coaching sessions equip students with the basic skills important to staying above the water but below the reach of birds' hairbrushes. Teachers also sling essential tips regarding ocean awareness and paddle-boarding etiquette, preparing pupils for apropos small talk with gregarious krakens.
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A sea turtle proudly displays its intricately patterned shell. A stingray safely brushes its sleek skin against a child’s hand, grazing the top of a 10,000-gallon tank. A bird splashes into mangrove swamps to snatch fish. Sensory experiences like these occur on a regular basis at the 57-acre Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. As the headquarters for the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society, the center strives to both educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems.
Among the center’s many activities, visitors can high-five crustaceans at the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and explain how to identify local fish that refuse to wear nametags. Just past a colorful butterfly garden and aquariums at the Frances Langford Visitors Center, guests can find nature trails that wend through mangrove swamps and hardwood hammocks. Here, they can see the natural state of a bio-diverse estuary, along with endangered plants and animals that the Florida Oceanographic Society is striving to save through research as well as educational and restoration initiatives.
Riverfront kayaks Paradise Tours leads paddle-propelled expeditions throughout the waters of Southern Florida, from the coastal inlets of St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach counties to the gentle tides of the Atlantic. The company tracks weather patterns and tides to determine the opportune times and location for tours, so guests can enjoy pristine conditions as they gaze at the coral reefs of the Florida Keys or interview manatees about the existence of merpeople. Tours vary from half-day outings to overnight adventures, and Riverfront kayaks caters to paddlers young and old, as well as those interested in fishing during their aquatic excursion.
Dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles swim through the waters surrounding Coastal Paddleboarding. It's quite easy for visitors to view these majestic creatures as they play water polo in their natural habitat; all that stands in the way is a short paddleboarding lesson. After this instruction—which is included in all of Coastal's tours—guides lead groups through mangroves, intracoastal waters, and other areas. Alternatively, customers can rent a paddleboard and chart their own adventures.