Thursday, June 2, 2016

Palm Beach Florida Multigen Vacation Deals

During the recent TMS Family Travel Summit in South Walton, Florida, we learned from Steve Cohen's workshop on the MMGY Global 2016 Portrait of American Travelers (POAT) that more than 40% of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year, with growth to come. Zoom in on those numbers, put in the term "Palm Beach" and you find that that 51% of U.S. grandparents interested in visiting The Palm Beaches have traveled with grandchildren in the last year, 81% on trips with parents along.

Florida's Intracoastal Waterway seen from Palm Beach

The tourism department of The Palm Beaches, seeing a need for multi-generational travel options, is promoting the multigenerational attractions -- most of them free -- and big savings offers available in The Palm Beaches.

From eco-adventures to shopping, free cultural attractions to world-class resorts and spas, families toting toddlers to grandparents can experience it all, they say, together in one of "Family Travel Forum's Top 51 Summer Family Vacations." They urge us to "escape to a place that has been treasured for generations," to "enjoy the charm and history of America’s First Resort Destination."

We're ready.


Boca Children’s Museum – Boca Raton, FL
The oldest in existence in the state, housed in the historic “Singing Pines” circa 1913.

Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. – Jupiter, FL
Watersports rentals and gear.

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary – Jupiter, FL
This unique wildlife sanctuary houses bald eagles, deer, panthers, bob cats and even black bears.

Frank Theatres CineBowl and Grille – Delray Beach, FL
This entertainment venue features state-of-the-art movie theatre auditoriums, full-service dining, and boutique-style bowling lanes.

Daggerwing Nature Center – Boca Raton, FL
Palm Beach County's award-winning park system has Sports, fitness, environmental and cultural opportunities.

Palm Beach Ice Works – West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Ice Works is South Florida's Olympic-size ice facility.

Marvin Jones captured this great shot of a learner skateboarder at Phipps Skate Park in Palm Beach

Putt’n Around Miniature Golf – Delray Beach, FL
Touting two different courses and 36 holes of mini golf, this handicap-accessible course also offers an indoor air-conditioned entertainment area with food, beer and wine options.

Diva Duck Tours – West Palm Beach, FL
Diva Duck Tours provides a lively, narrated 75-minute tour of historic sites.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – Boca Raton, FL
Offering 20 acres of protected barrier island, this center prides itself in sea turtle conservation.

MacArthur Beach State Park – North Palm Beach, FL
The Park has 438 acres of natural environments situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Jupiter Outdoor Center – Jupiter, FL
Hop in a kayak, canoe or stand on a paddleboard, and venture in to the beautiful Jupiter waterways. Snorkel gear is also available.

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Mini Golf – Jupiter, FL
This facility offers 36 exciting holes to play, premium burgers, local craft beers, and hand-spun milkshakes at The Burger Shack at Lighthouse Cove.

Lion Country Safari – West Palm Beach, FL
Florida’s only drive-through safari adventure has more than 900 animals, including Little Mama, the oldest living chimpanzee on record.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center - Juno Beach, FL
Chance to see endangered sea turtles and other marine life in rehabilitation center.

Manatee Lagoon – Riviera Beach, FL
Meet the iconic Florida manatee in this new, free educational attraction.

Palm Beach Zoo – West Palm Beach, FL
Bring the family to get close to more than 500 animals from around the world.

Rapids Waterpark – West Palm Beach, FL
South Florida's premiere family water park features a full day of fun for the entire family.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) – Jupiter, FL
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will host planetarium shows, camps, open play days, scheduled classes, “Parents Night Out” and much more.

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center – Boynton Beach, FL
Children are able to have fun in a tech-free environment through free weekly programs, affordable education classes and specialty workshops.

Society of The Four Arts Children’s Library – Palm Beach, FL
Exhibitions of special interest to children plus computer loan, story time programs, botanical gardens; free to the public and open seven days a week.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium – West Palm Beach, FL
50 hands-on educational exhibits, an upgraded, state-of-the-art planetarium, a new 1,000 square foot early childhood education room featuring a 16 foot long water play area, photo booth, seating area and a light bright art wall.

Sandoway House & Nature Center – Delray Beach, FL
The center offers visitors a glimpse into South Florida's fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs.

Whether it’s cruising on a sunset catamaran or snorkeling at Peanut Island, Visit Palm Beach has enough activities to cover your family’s watersports needs. Jet ski rentals, kayaks and paddleboards are also available.


The Palm Beaches’ Discover Pass
This family-friendly year-round pass offers savings to up to four of the most popular family attractions in the county, including Fun Depot, Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. With four different “bundle and save” options, visitors can save off admission prices from two to all four attractions.
Palm Beach County Golf Passport
May to September
For just a low price of $160, Passports entitle you to one 18-hole round and one small bucket of range balls at each of the Palm Beach County Golf facilities (9-holes at John Prince Golf Learning Center). Passports may be redeemed at any time within the month range designated on the cover. Each passport comes with one “Bonus Coupon.” This bonus coupon can be used at the facility of your choosing.

West Palm Beach Food Tour
If your family enjoys watching Food Network, they’ll love discovering delicious Downtown West Palm Beach on this walking food tour, which combines sightseeing and lunch into one delicious adventure. This summer, save 20% by using the discount code “Family.” This is a three-hour tour, so it’s not recommended for the little ones, but the big kids will be sure to eat it up.


Clematis By Night – A free concert series that takes place on the West Palm Beach Waterfront every Thursday night from 6pm-9pm

Even at resorts like the Singer Island Marriott, you'll have to get out of the pool some time! photo c. Marriott Hotels

Screen On The Green – A free outdoor family-friendly movie screening at the West Palm Beach Waterfront every second Friday of each month from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Families are encourages to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to enjoy as they watch classics and newer films under the stars.

Sunday On The Waterfront – A free monthly concert series at the West Palm Beach Waterfront that takes place on every third Sunday of each month between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Music performances feature both national and regional artists.

4TH ON FLAGLER – July 2- 4, 2016
This three-day, free Independence Day Celebration is held each year on the July 4th weekend. The event takes place along the West Palm Beach Waterfront, and includes three stages of entertainment, kid’s activities and an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza over the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival – July 7-10 and July 14-17; almost free - $5
Celebrate your love for theatre and poetry at The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival with a live performance of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The production will take place at Seabreeze Amphitheatre in Jupiter’s Carlin Park. Bring your beach chair, blanket and picnic basket or buy local favorites at any of the numerous food truck concessions, while enjoying a show under the stars.


One bedroom suite sleeps everyone in comfort at the elegant Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island Resort

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
From May through August

Bring the family for an adventure that they will never forget with this resort’s Little Loggerhead Package (from $284/night) and Explore our Reef Packages (from $309/night), which include an oceanfront suite at the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort with kitchen, private balconies, and an in-suite washer and dryer. The Kids Club caters to youngsters ages 4-12 with daily activities customized to ages and interests. On the “menu” are crafts, sports and seasonal adventures from sand art and hair braiding to water balloon games, treasure digs and sea shell expeditions. Sessions are 9am-4pm daily, with Parent’s Night Out on Fridays and Saturdays, 6pm-10pm, including dinner ($45). Plus, on Friday nights at 8pm a Dive-In Movie is shown at the Lagoon Pool on the resort’s big screen. The Little Loggerhead Package keeps the whole family busy with unlimited non-motorized watersports, tickets for two adults and two children to visit the sea turtles at Loggerhead Marine Life Center with a private tour of the facilities, and participation in the Adopt a Sea Turtle program, which benefits the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. Adventurous guests ages 10 and older can search for turtles and other marine life with the Explore Our Reef Package, providing guests with snorkel masks and fins to experience the reef located right off the resort’s private beach. While kids enjoy the water, parents receive two signature cocktails upon arrival, and two beach chairs and umbrella daily to relax and unwind.

Delray Beach Marriott Summer Special
From April through September

Explore the uniqueness of Delray Beach’s quaint shops, local artisans and mouthwatering bistros just steps from the Delray Beach Marriott. Book your stay this summer, and receive breakfast daily and gain access to this Mediterranean oasis featuring a full-service spa, several on-site restaurants, and a resort style pool, all within a short drive visit museums, shopping, and endless outdoor activities. Rates start at $209.

West Palm Beach Marriott
From April 1 through summer

Beginning April 1, book your summer stay at West Palm Beach Marriott, where kids eat free all weekend long. Retreat to this oasis in the city, located in the heart of West Palm Beach Florida. With a resort-style pool, farm-to-fork restaurant Bistro 1001, and within less than 1 miles from CityPlace, The Kravis Center for The Performing Arts, and Clematis Street you’re just minutes from museums, unique shopping and family-friendly activities. Rates start at $209 when using code: S4B

We love these condo hotel units at several of the Palm Beaches resorts; great for all ages. Photo c. Marriott Resorts

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