Introduction to West Palm Beach, Florida
Founded in 1894 by Henry Flagler, West Palm Beach was created to house servants working at hotels on nearby Palm Beach. Many of the city’s historic structures were created in the 1920s when the city swelled. Today, West Palm Beach has a population of about 89,000 people. The South Florida metropolitan area, where West Palm Beach is in among the northernmost cities, has a population of over 5.4 million, making it the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States. West Palm Beach lies on Florida’s southeast. It is only 70 miles north of Miami and 46 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. The city has also been credited with being one of the best places to live and work.
The climate of West Palm Beach is subtropical. The city has nearly constant sunshine and only mildly distinguishable seasons. Winters are cooler than the area’s humid summers, but temperatures during the winter months occasionally go down to the 30s. January is the coldest month when temperatures average a warm 65 degrees. However, despite the long, humid summers, the city has never recorded a temperature at 100 degrees. The hottest month is August when the temperatures average around 83 degrees.
West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment
West Palm Beach has more than gorgeous beaches; it also has a great selection of museums and other attractions. These include:
- The Armory Art Center
- The Norton Museum of Art
- The South Florida Science Museum
- Whitehall Flagler Museum
- The Elliott Museum
- The Hibel Museum of Art
- The Raymond F. Kravis Center
- The Lion Country Safari
West Palm Beach also has a lot of activities for sports fans. Just an hour and ten minutes south of West Palm Beach is Miami, home of NBA champions the Miami Heat, as well as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Some nearby teams include the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, the Florida Panthers hockey team, and the Florida Marlins baseball team. In fact, the area is also well-known for its baseball spring training facilities.