I was invited to experience the Palm Beaches through a media tour with TravelingMom. All opinions are my own. #ThePalmBeaches
Salty air, wind blown hair, warm sand, cool places to shop and eat – the Palm Beaches are filled with so many amazing experiences but they’re not just for the adults! See how my tween daughter and I spent a girls weekend in the Palm Beaches with this list of 8 fun things to do together.
Traveling with a Tween
I recently got home from taking my daughter on a trip with me to the Palm Beaches. It was a mother/daughter trip and boy, was it time! I do a lot of traveling by myself and we travel as a family but it’s not too often I get to travel one-on-one like this with my kids. It was nice…
Traveling with a tween can be a bit eye opening, however. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to try and keep my tween daughter unplugged as much as possible during our trip. I wanted her to get involved in travel and help her learn something new! Learn? Blah – I know. Funny thing is she ended up learning on this trip without even knowing it! I love being that sneaky mom.
One of the best schemes I devised to keep her unplugged on this trip was to dive into what the Palm Beaches really had to offer older kids her age. Luckily, the Palm Beaches has several things to offer families with tweens – here are 8 of our favorites.
8 Best Things to Do with Tweens in the Palm Beaches
These were the moments we shared together. The ones that made her forget that stinkin’ device- at least for awhile…
1 . Shop at Mizner Park | Boca Raton, FL
Shopping is usually the key to being able to connect with my tween and while Mizner Park definitely peaked her attention, it also grasped mine. You really need to see this place!
Imagine with me a street lined with pretty pink buildings. Within those buildings are rows and rows of stores, intermixed between exquisite dining options – like Max’s Grille. In the center, a large fountain overlooks a small green where you can take a break and practice your putt. Imagine people walking tiny dogs along the sidewalks and eating outdoors at sunshine-filled cafes. Imagine spending the day browsing designer clothing and accessories – this is Mizner Park and it is spectacular.
2. Visit the Beach | The Palm Beaches
I am a firm believer that some of the best things in life are free. The beach solidifies this theory for me because there is nothing better than sitting on a beach listening to the waves crash in.
With 47 miles of Atlantic coastline and 29 beach parks within the Palm Beaches, finding one shouldn’t be difficult.
Luckily for us, we found the beach right outside our window at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa where we stayed during our trip. Here we searched for seashells, gazed at the turtle nesting areas from afar, and actually came across a real sharks tooth!
3. Relax by a Pool | Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, Manalapan, FL
It always seems as though whenever I take my kids on a trip, they would rather spend time at the hotel pool than to be out exploring. There was no difference in traveling with my tween, this was all she wanted to do! However, for once I agreed that this sounded like a fabulous idea!
From the moment I saw them, the pools at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa were calling my name! There was an adults-only pool surrounded by chairs to lay back in and relax, plus there was a large family pool that the kids all loved splashing around in. Both of these amazing pools overlooked the ocean and were enhanced by the sounds and smells of the salt water crashing in nearby.
Just off the steps of the family pool was Breeze Ocean Kitchen – one of the on site restaurants. We found this to be an excellent spot for enjoying lunch or to grab a sweet treat after a day of splashing around in the pool.
Pro tip: Need some alone time (mom) at the adults only pool or on-site spa? The Eau Palm Beach Resort has a kids club called AquaNuts with staff to keep them company. You can choose from a full day, half day, or by the hour. With fun exploration activities and time spent at the pool, sneaking away for a little time alone is easy! This experience is for kids 5-12.
4. Find Thrills at the Rapids Water Park | Riviera Beach, FL
Feeling the need for a little more water activity? Maybe something a little more thrilling? The Rapids Water Park is a 30-acre park and a gateway to 35 waterslides, a quarter mile long lazy river, a wave pool, plus a whole lot more!
Pro tip: Wear your suits to the park because there are no changing rooms, only bathrooms. Lockers and cabanas are available for rent and are a pretty good option to have. There are also spots to buy food and drinks (both kid drinks and adult beverages).
5. Wander Lion Country Safari | Loxahatchee, FL
Lion Country Safari has a little bit of everything. While they are known for their drive through and walk through wildlife areas, they also have a splash pad, putt putt course, and a 5 smaller rides. The best part of the park is, once you’re inside many of the attractions and rides are included in the entrance fee.
6. Connect with Nature at Loggerhead Marinelife Center | Juno Beach, FL
Being that my tween has aspirations of one day being a veterinarian and helping animals, this ranked high on her list. At the Loggerhead Marinelife Center guests are free to wander the premises to enjoy watching and learning about Florida’s sea turtle population.
Throughout the center, we found tanks that housed injured sea turtles that are being rehabilitated back to health. Since this facility is actually a sea turtle hospital, these turtles will only be here a short time until they can be released back to their natural habitats.
Ready to take learning a step further? The Loggerhead Marinelife Center offers Jr. Vet Learning Labs three times a week where kids can learn about different ways people can help sea turtles.
The best thing about Loggerhead Marinelife Center? It’s free! Entrance to the center is by donation only and the Jr. Vet Learning Labs are also free on a first come basis.
7. Experience Life at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium | West Palm Beach, FL
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is a great way to learn about Florida’s natural habitats while also having fun. For instance, we loved playing a round of mini golf on their new 18-hole course designed by Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus.
8. Share a Dessert.
It doesn’t matter where we are, sharing a dessert with my tween is always a great way to relax and spend some time together. In fact, it’s one of our favorite things to do. Fortunately, the Palm Beaches has no lack of restaurants to enjoy.
Overall, I’d call this trip a success. My daughter and I enjoyed spending some one on one time and the devices didn’t make too much of an appearance – except of course when she wanted to take a photo or two to show the family at home what a great time she was having!
Have you ever visited the Palm Beaches? What was your favorite thing to do?