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Boynton Beach

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Boynton Beach is in Palm Beach County.

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While its neighbors in Palm Beach County have invested heavily in downtown development, from Boca Raton's Mizner Park to West Palm Beach's CityPlace to Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue, it seems to be the last bastion of mediocrity in one of Florida's top tourism hotspots. For most Florida travelers, their only interaction with the city is passing it on the Florida Turnpike on the way from Miami to Orlando, unless they're visiting their grandparents.

The city's climate is similar to the rest of South Florida's: extremely hot, humid, and rainy in the summer months, with cool, mild winters. The best time to visit is in the fall (November) or spring (February and March).

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The nearest airports are Palm Beach International Airport [1], or PBIA, about 20 minutes north in West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport [2], or FLL, about 45 minutes south near Fort Lauderdale.

The Tri-Rail [3], South Florida's regional commuter rail line, has a station in Boynton Beach. Both PBIA and FLL are on the Tri-Rail, along with Miami International Airport.

Interstate 95 has three exits in Boynton Beach, at Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach Boulevard, and Gateway Boulevard. There is also a Turnpike Interchange at Boynton Beach Boulevard.

Get around[edit]

The best way to get around Boynton Beach, along with the rest of Palm Beach County, is by car. Public transportation is extremely limited, and generally practical only for short distances. The city is not bike- or pedestrian-friendly. I-95 is the preferred route of travel in Palm Beach County; in most cases, it is the most efficient way to get anywhere more than a few miles to the north or south. In rush hour and during tourist season, the traffic can be horrendous, but it is usually manageable. The Florida Turnpike can be a good alternative for longer distances, but keep in mind that it is a toll road and that it is several miles west of most points of interest in this area, adding travel time. Other major roads include U.S. 1, Seacrest Boulevard, Congress Avenue, Military Trail, Jog Road, and U.S. 441/State Road 7 (north-south) and Gateway Boulevard, Boynton Beach Boulevard, and Woolbright Road (east-west). State Road A1A provides a nice scenic drive along the coast.

Public transportation is limited to Palm Tran [4], Palm Beach County's bus system, which operates a few routes in Boynton Beach, including most of Boynton Beach Blvd. and part of Gateway Blvd. There is a transfer station at the Boynton Beach Mall on Congress Ave.

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Boynton Beach has very little to see, but neighboring cities are rich with art museums, historical sites, and great downtown areas. On your trip to Boynton Beach, you are strongly advised to branch out; see the "Get Out" section for more tips.

  • Schoolhouse Children's Museum and Learning Center, Address (129 E Ocean Ave), phone number (561-742-6780), [5]. Tue-Sat, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. One of Palm Beach County's best experiences for children, this museum features interactive, hands-on exhibits about the lives of Florida's early pioneers. Highlights include a 15-foot replica of the Jupiter lighthouse with an audio-animatronic lighthouse keeper specially created by Disney; a child-sized version of Henry Flagler's railway steam engine; a farm where children can milk cows, pick vegetables, and drive a tractor; and a general store. There is also a large playground that features a castle and a pirate ship. $5 ($4 children under 18, $4.50 seniors, free for members and infants).
  • The Andrews Home, 306 SE 1st Ave. The oldest home in Boynton Beach, this residence was built in 1901 from Dade County pine (now nearly extinct) and has been restored to its original humble splendor. On display are several items of historical significance that were found on the property when the building was moved to its current location near Ocean Avenue.  edit
  • Boynton Woman's Club, 1010 S Federal Hwy, 561-732-7887, [6]. This building, designed by famous architect Addison Mizner and completed in 1926, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally used as a private club and later as the city's first public library, it is today maintained by the Boynton Woman's Club. There is a banquet room that can be rented for private events; otherwise, there is not much to see inside.  edit


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  • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Rd (Approx. 10 miles west of Boynton Beach off U.S. 441 and Boynton Beach Blvd.), 561-732-3684, [7]. daily, sunrise to sunset. A massive expanse of land taking up nearly all of southwestern Palm Beach County, this National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to experience the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades. Natural habitats in the refuge include sloughs, wet prairies, sawgrass, tree islands, and cypress forest, with wildlife including a stunning 257 species of bird, 23 of mammal, 17 of amphibian, 18 of turtles and lizards, and 24 species of snakes. At least 63 plant and animal species on the reserve are considered endangered. Activities at Loxahatchee include nature observation, photography, and hiking. Fishing is permitted with a license. Boating, canoeing and kayaking are all permitted (however, airboats and other motorized boats are prohibited), and there is a 5.5 mile Everglades Canoe Trail, which provides a unique opportunity to explore the Everglades. There is also a 12-mile bike trail, which is recommended for mountain and hybrid bikes. $12 per person, plus $5 per vehicle.  edit


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