Palm Beach Segway Tours' experienced and witty guides lead motorized conga lines through Palm Beach and the historic downtown of West Palm Beach. Wind cascades over helmeted noggins as mansions, yachts, and museums scroll by, set against a tropical backdrop of beaches and sea creatures. Intrepid tourists may also rent 49 c.c. retro gas scooters, the same vessels that Italian explorers piloted when they discovered America in 1958.
At the Palm Beach Chili Cook Off, local businesses, community leaders, and citizens vie to be named the chef of the Hottest Chili, a title that comes with a $1,000 grand prize in bills or magic beans. Other competitors grab accolades for Best Team Name, Chili Name, and Most Creative Chili Attire. Visitors can eat their fill of spicy stews and then explore a waterfront boutique showcasing works from local vendors or stop by Family Village, where amusement-park rides and carnival games live in harmony. Throughout the day, live performers take the main stage, muffling the sounds of revelry with the steady thrum of country and rock music.
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.
Judy Garland, John F. Kennedy, Michael Jackson: these are just some of the apparitions allegedly spotted by Palm Beach ghost-hunters. During 105-minute Ghosts of Palm Beach walking tours, visitors learn about these and other spirits who have been sighted haunting the city. Trekking fewer than one mile, each tour passes by spooky locales such as haunted clock towers, pet cemeteries, and Worth Avenue. As groups explore haunted spots, scholars and storytellers spin historical yarns about Palm Beach's eerie past.
New York City has plenty of ghost stories carved right into its concrete bones, and the guides at Ghosts of New York want to share them all. They offer 14 different year-round tours, ranging from tracing the steps of historic figures such as George Washington, to searching out the film locations where movies spirits came to un-life. They even lead phantom pub crawls in the East and West Village, touring establishments where customers have spotted the horrifying specters of empty pint glasses.
The faithful and tattooed crew members of the Coast Guard?certified Black Sparrow pirate ship tell stories and sing to buccaneers of all ages during adventures that set sail from the Riviera Beach Marina. In the mysterious waters surrounding the 79-acre Peanut Island, they lead a scavenger hunt for buried treasure and defeat the evil Pirate Jack. Once the ship falls under attack, they call kids to man the water cannons, after which they dole out handfuls of loot when the treasure is recovered. Before returning to the docks, they keep little ones busy with lessons on the proper way to greet each other and how to request copies of their tax records in pirate lingo.