Flagler Museum, Things to see in Palm Beach

The Flagler Museum is one of Leta Austin Foster’s top things to see in Palm Beach.

The Flagler Museum showcases the history of Palm Beach through the home of Henry Flagler, the oil and railroad magnate and developer of modern Florida. His residence, designed by Thomas Hastings and John Carrère, speaks to the Gilded Age, and of course there is his restored personal railcar to see as well.

The Norton Museum of Art, which has been under renovation, will reopen in late February. While they have all types of exhibits, I really enjoy the small but noteworthy permanent collection.

Society of the Four Arts, Things to see in Palm Beach

Recovery by Grainger McKoy in the Society of the Four Arts sculpture garden. Photo courtesy of the Society of the Four Arts

I go to The Society of the Four Arts primarily for its library, which is wonderful. The gardens there are pretty as well, but I do love the gardens at The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Remember to bring some quarters to buy food for the beautiful koi!

The Church of Bethesda by the Sea, Things to do in Palm Beach

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

The best way to tour the city is on foot or by bicycle. The Lake Trail is where you see the Lake Worth lagoon and get glimpses behind the hedges of the magnificent homes.

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