Whenever you think of Florida for kids, I bet you immediately think of Orlando. I get it; I do too. At least I did until I visited Palm Beach. It’s packed with some of the best, most child-friendly experiences all in one location and you don’t have to deal with the excessive crowds and long lines, especially if you visit in September. I was shocked with the high quality of experiences, reasonable prices and friendly, helpful staff. 5 toddler bucket list experiences stood out as the best of the best. Check them out below and experience why Palm Beach is a toddler bucket list dream come true.
5 Toddler Bucket List Experiences in Palm Beach
Number One: Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari is known for it’s drive-through safari with hundreds of animals, but it also offers animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, amusement park rides, a water playground, boat tours and dining. It was the best of all of our favorite family-friendly parks combined into one destination.
* The giraffe feeding is only an additional $2.50 and you get a face-to-face personal experience.
* The safari, waterpark, rides, encounters and shows are all part of the admission price.
* The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable.
Number Two: Little Princess & Prince Tea Party at The Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Hotel offers a Little Prince and Princess Tea Party and we felt like royalty when we attended. They provide a crown and a boa in a royal setting with royal service. The whole experience feels authentic as you dine on a selection of irresistibly tempting sandwiches, treats and scones. The choices of tea are endless and their are plenty of options for children as well.
* The neatly prepared treats and sandwiches are all homemade.
* Children are equally as important as adults (if not more important).
* The setting feels like you’ve entered Buckingham Palace.
* The servers are extremely attentive and professional.
* The china (tea cups and trays) are exquisite.
* Kids feel like it’s the “real deal”.
*They bring imaginative play to life.
South Florida Science Center & Aquarium
The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium was the best shock of all. It was the best science center for toddlers that I’ve visited. It revolves around a simple premise: science is exciting! Science means adventure and exploration and they deliver on this promise. Their 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery contains over 30 hands-on exhibits. They offer a planetarium, a theater, a science laboratory and a 1,000 square foot early childhood education room.
* The early childhood education room offers a photo area with props. After entering your email and taking a photo, you can collect a free photo and photo frame from the gift shop before leaving.
* The interactive Hall of Discovery has educational games and displays for all ages.
*The Hidden World of the Everglades immerses guests in Florida’s wildlife so it’s locally educational.
* The science exhibits are just as fun for adults as children.
Rapids Water Park
Rapids Water Park is 30 acres of fun for the young and young at heart. The park includes a wave pool, thirty-five water slides, including dual seven-story speed slides and a quarter mile lazy river. The cool thing about the park is that the little child-friendly details go a long way. In the lazy river, their are tubes for kids. At Barefootin Bay, a large pineapple tipping bucket rings for several seconds before it spills so little children that are nervous have a chance to get out of the splash of water. Many of the slides, even the larger ones, don’t have height restrictions so the options are endless for children.
* The park is well planned with bathrooms near the younger children’s play areas and no dark asphalt to burn your feet.
* There are multiple play areas for young adventurers.
* The whole park is kept very clean. We even noticed employees cleaning during our visit.
Cool Beans Cafe
Cool Beans Indoor Play Cafe is designed to offer a stimulating environment for children and a relaxing, cozy oasis for adults. They are an enrichment center offering a variety of classes and activities for children and a gourmet cafe serving healthy and fresh items and specialty coffees. Athena and I spent three hours in a welcoming, entertaining environment for both of us. Whether you’re going just for a bite to eat or if you want to spend the entire day at the cafe, Cool Beans is a great spot for young kids and adults.
* The staff participate in games and activities with the children making the experience educational and fun.
* The facility is clean and well organized.
* Adults have the option of joining in with their child or relaxing on any of the comfy couches or in the dining area.
* It’s fun during rain or shine.
I loved discovering the toddler-friendly options in Palm Beach. With safaris, water parks, thrilling rides and exciting dining, kids might want to skip the mice and the long lines in the north and just visit Palm Beach during their next family vacation.