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Palm Beach serves as a fashionable winter address for old-money families like the Kennedys, Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts as well as current heavy hitters like Donald Trump and Tiger Woods. This South Florida preppy paradise is often called the millionaire’s paradise, and for good reason—the average cost of a single-family home is higher in Palm Beach than any other city in the country. However, just because you’re not in the One Percent doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the paradise that is Palm Beach. In fact, there are tons of free things to do in Palm Beach! So if you’re vacationing the South Florida area, consider spending a day or two in Palm Beach to do some of these activities. Hotels, flights, and other travel amenities will be cheapest during the summer, which is Palm Beach’s tourism off-season, but be aware that summertime in Palm Beach is also hurricane season.

1. Okeeheelee Nature Center

If you’re the outdoorsy type, spend a day hiking or biking Okeeheelee Nature Center’s several miles of trails across 90 acres of wetlands and woods. Have your camera ready, because you’re likely to see tons of animals and reptiles along the trails. There’s also a visitors’ center (closed Mondays, limited weekend hours) with hands-on nature exhibits where you can learn about Florida flora and fauna and even touch some animals. Admission to the trails and the visitors’ center is free. The Okeeheelee Nature Center is conveniently located just eight miles southwest of the Palm Beach airport. Learn more here.

2. The Johnson History Museum

The Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum is located on the second floor of the 1916 Courthouse in Downtown West Palm Beach. The museum features a People Gallery, which pays tribute to the people who have contributed to the growth of Palm Beach County, and a Place Gallery, which contains models and photographs exploring Palm Beach County’s natural environment and its animals and ecology. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free. For more information, click here.

3. Grassy Water Reserve

The Grassy Water Reserve is a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that provides fresh water to Palm Beach County. The Grassy Water Reserve features numerous free hiking trails and kid-friendly educational programming. Click here to learn more.

4. Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Palm Beach’s Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a non-profit educational and ocean conservation facility that features a variety of exhibits including live sea turtles and other coastal creatures as well as educational displays. Admission to the Center is free, and there are also tons of free educational activities for kids. Learn more here.

5. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center features a variety of nature exhibits including: a butterfly nursery, a sea turtle garden, a solar exhibit, a rain barrel, a sea turtle safe lighting exhibit, a gopher tortoise exhibit and a container garden with herbs and local flora. Admission to the Nature Center is free. There are also saltwater tanks filled with sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and fish as well as a boardwalk with an observation tower. For more information, click here.

6. The WPB Trolley

All aboard! For a convenient and free way to get to many of your favorite downtown West Palm Beach restaurants and attractions, hop on the West Palm Beach Downtown Trolley. The Yellow Line travels to Cityplace and Clematis Street. The Green Line travels to the Tri Rail Station. Both lines are free and pick up passengers every 10 minutes from designated trolley stops. For trolley maps and hours of operation, click here.

7. Spend a Day at the Beach

Palm Beach has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From Tequestra to Boca Raton, there are 13 lifeguard-supervised and 2 unguarded oceanfront and inlet parks in Palm Beach County. Admission to most Palm Beach County-operated beach parks is free; however, there are parking fees at R. G. Kreusler Park in Palm Beach and South Inlet Park in Boca Raton. For more information about Palm Beach County beaches, click here.

8. Find More Free Events

Check out the City Calender on the City of West Palm Beach’s website to find free events in the coming days, weeks and months in West Palm Beach. The majority of the events listed on the City Calender are free.

8 Free Things to Do in Palm Beach, Florida