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For Local Eyes Only: 5 Hidden Gems of Palm Beach Gardens


For Local Eyes Only: 5 Hidden Gems of Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens is recognized around the world for its renowned golf courses, pristine waterways, arts, culture and culinary delights. From the world-famous fairways PGA National the west to the pristine beaches of John D. MacArthur State Park to the east, there are exceptional lifestyle diversions nearly every inch in between.

The Gardens and North Palm Beach have become one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Here's a look at a few hidden gems that make this dynamic Palm Beach neighborhood a popular favorite!

1. PGA National Resort David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Avid golfers playing at PGA National often imagine taking the final shot on Hole #18 to win the Honda Classic golf tournament which takes place on the resort's Champion course each spring. PGA National is home to five TOUR-worthy play options which are among the best Florida golf courses, including The Champion, The Palmer, The Fazio (formerly known as The Haig), The Squire and The Estates. But when it's time to refine your game, there's no one better than David Leadbetter.

LGA Palm Beach Gardens, opened in 2008, offering a spectacular setting for improving your golf game. The Academy features four spacious classrooms outfitted with the latest in V1 Golf swing analysis computer technology, the SAM PuttLab and K-Vest. Both deliver precise measurements of the golf swing to help deliver maximum results in minimal time. The double-sided driving range includes five target bunkers. The short-game practice facility provides a comfortable setting to work on your golf swing. The LGA Palm Beach Gardens covers everything to do with the full swing and will have you playing better golf and having more fun on the course than you ever thought possible.

2. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a cherished treasure to Palm Beach Gardens. This 438-acre park is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth Lagoon, offering a wide variety of outdoor adventures to the public including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and hiking. For those who are "in the know", it's the park's special event calendar that makes this natural water wonderland so special. Two not-to-miss seasonal programs:

For Local Eyes Only: 5 Hidden Gems of Palm Beach Gardens

Birding by Kayak: Take a guided kayak tour with a Ranger, paddling through Lake Worth Lagoon to Munyon Island, with your sights set on spotting estuary birds and migratory songbirds on the island. The cost for the two-hour tour is $25 for a single kayak and $40 for a double kayak. Bring your water bottle, binoculars, water shoes and favorite birding guide, keeping in mind they might get wet. Space is limited, call for reservation or for additional information 561-624-6952.

Nature Photography Workshop: Plan ahead to be included in this very popular workshop held each month for technical and artistic instruction by a local professional. Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR. Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent. Fee is $35.00

There are dozens of other activities from surfing lessons to turtle walks, take a look and find the adventure that best fits your interests.

3. Art in Public Places: Stroll through the Gardens and you'll notice the city glowing with art, culture and personality. This summer's exhibit is called, "Wildlife: Above and Below," featuring photography work by Ruth Petzold, a world-renowned wildlife photographer with strong roots to the area. The city's pursuit to make art accessible to all is an undeniable success, as evident through its Art in Public Places Program. Nearly 5 dozen unique pieces can be found throughout the city, from the Municipal Complex to the lawns and buildings of local businesses. Most prominently is the ever-changing exhibitions at City Hall.

4. #1 Selling Waterfront Community in the Palm Beaches - Water Club North Palm Beach is putting the finishing touches on two new residential towers and 20 villa residences. Construction is nearly complete, and the Sales Team has already made their move into the building. Residents will enjoy their close proximity to PGA Boulevard and unsurpassed views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Lost Tree Village, and the Atlantic Ocean. State-of-the-art amenities include a Residents Club with two resort-style pools and lap pool, a fitness center and yoga/Pilates Studio, dog park and a convenient resident day dock for pickup and drop off. There are too many hidden gems to point out. Give the team a call to schedule a private showing at (877) 859-2333. Click here to get better acquainted with this prime location.

5. Farm-to-Table Dining: Located in the up-and-coming area of Midtown, just west of I-95, you'll find Christopher's Kitchen, an award-winning dining destination for health-conscious diners. This organic, plant-based restaurant puts a unique and exciting twist on healthy eating. Some of our favorite local dishes: CK Mac and Cheese (made with quinoa pasta and cashew cheese topped with Brazil nut parmesan), spicy lettuce cups, and his famous Maui Juice (made with fresh veggies like cucumber, kale and celery).