Getaway Guru: One-Tank Trip to West Palm Beach

August 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Taking a trip on one tank of gas is a fantastic way to enjoy a quick getaway without spending a lot of money. West Palm Beach, the perfect nearby getaway, promises coastal charm all its own. Whether it’s great shopping, a memorable dining experience or a round of excellent golf, West Palm Beach promises fun for every traveler, and all it takes is a tank of gas and a sense of adventure.

Getting There

A day trip to West Palm Beach takes just a quick jaunt on I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. The 75-mile drive should take less than 1.5 hours to complete. Both major thoroughfares provide a smooth drive, passing through other popular cities in South Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Along the Way

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
1527 Packard Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954) 770-7300

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This is a piece of vintage America nestled in within the urban and modern landscape of Fort Lauderdale. This non-profit facility pays homage to the Packard Motor Company with its extraordinary collection of antique cars and other artifacts. In the museum, you will find pre-war car models, antique car parts and accessories, and even old-school jukeboxes. The collection of antique car models date back to as early as the turn of the 20th century.

What To Do

West Palm Beach Golf Course
7001 Parker Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 822-1591

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Price: from $28.29 per player

Whether you’re a pro ready for your next tournament or a novice just learning the ropes, the golfer has to love the first-rate experience at this course. It’s open to the public but also offers private memberships. Go in for individual lessons, enroll in a golf clinic to sharpen your skills, or just enjoy a great round of golf on this terrific course. The course’s instructional staff boasts ample PGA knowledge and experience perfect for helping any player amp up that game.

Rapids Water Park
6566 N. Military Trail
Riviera Beach, FL 33407
(561) 842-8756

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Prices: $36.95 plus tax weekdays/$40.95 weekends/free children younger than 2

What’s fascinating about Rapids Water Park is the extensive list of options available at the park. Enjoy at least two dozen rides guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in anyone. Among the most popular attractions at Rapids are the Lazy River, the Big Thunder and the Pirates Plunge.

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E.R. Bradley’s Hole In One Restaurant
7001 Parker Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 585-8976

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If you’re wondering why this address looks familiar, it’s because it is located on the grounds of the West Palm Beach Golf Course. To enjoy a great lunch or dinner after a game of golf, you don’t even have to get back into your car. The menu includes casual bar and grill fare such as Buffalo wings, burgers and tacos. Daily features are also available at the restaurant, providing added value to the experience.

Rhythm Café
3800-A S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 833-3406

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The food is clearly the star of this locally popular establishment. The building, once a drugstore back in the ’50s, now serves a mix of dishes with influences from around the world, including Italy, India and Greece. Rhythm Café is also known for its homemade ice cream and desserts, and a superb list of wines and beers.


700 S. Rosemary Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 366-1000

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A visit to CityPlace is, without question, a five-star shopping experience in Downtown West Palm Beach. With more than 80 stores to choose from, it won’t be necessary to drive anywhere else. Shoppers may find national chains as well as an IMAX Theater right in this expansive shopping complex.

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