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Quaker merchant Jonathan Dickinson, after whom South Florida’s beloved Jonathan Dickinson State Park is named, was on a business trip from Jamaica to Philadelphia in 1669 when on September 23rd his ship foundered and ran ashore off of what is now Jupiter Island.

From there Dickinson and his family made a grueling and perilous two-month trek to St. Augustine. During the journey Dickinson recorded much of what they encountered in his journal which in-turn became the first detailed account of the Palm Beach region, it describes, among other things, several Florida’s now vanished early Indian tribes.

Here’s a short expert from Dickinson’s thoroughly interesting journal:

After we had traveled about five miles along the deep sand, the sun being

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There are a lot of fun, free activities for you and your family to do together in the Palm Beaches, here are some of our favorites.

Go Biking

Running along the western edge of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Lake Trail is 5½-miles long. The trail affords both dramatic vistas and intimate peeks into some of the island’s most palatial properties. Along the way, you’ll pass landmarks like the Flagler Museum and a giant kapok tree originally brought here from the Amazon, as well as the backyards of stunning private homes.

Go Exploring

Palm Beach County has 25 spectacular natural areas are open from sunrise to sunset, with free admission 365 days a year.

Go Snorkeling

There’s no better place to go snorkeling than Phil Foster Park. Located

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Lake Worth is an energetic city that has a lot to offer. Regardless of your age, here are a few fun things to do when you visit Lake Worth.


The Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County. Today, the Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of mainstream and alternative programming, both live and on film. Year-round programming includes award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, international ballets and operas in cinema, and live concert series.

Downtown Lake Worth

This vibrant downtown area is best described as colorful, artistic and bohemian. Along its two main streets, Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue, visitors can meander through the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries,

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Lion Country Safari is one of the nation’s first and best drive-through safari parks. It’s a great experience for the whole family and a truly unique South Florida Adventure.

At Lion Country Safari you can see more than 900 wild animals, such as lions, giraffe, zebras, ostrich and rhinos, in this South Florida Safari. Witness large free-roaming herds of animals from six continents from inside an enclosed vehicle. After taking the four-mile drive-through safari, explore Safari World Amusement Park with rides, animal shows, giraffe and bird encounters, a water spray-ground with waterslides as well as dozens of animal exhibits.

If you've never taken your kids or grandkids to Lion Country Safari, this Summer is a perfect time! It's one of the few

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Over the past decade, microbreweries have become incredibly popular in the Palm Beaches. For those of you who love beer, here are three of our favorites.

Due South

With more than 20 beers available, Due South Brewing Co. taps range from award-winning favorites to brews with unexpected flavor combos. Due South is an independent, Veteran-owned, craft brewery with beer in 1000+ stores, bars and restaurants from Tampa to Key West. Every beer they make is proudly brewed right here in Southeast Florida. The brewery is housed in a large 27,000 square foot warehouse where dozens of beers are produced throughout the year on a 15BBL brew system.

Tequesta Brewing Company

Tequesta Brewing Company is organically certified and pumps out more than 40

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Looking for something fun to do? Whether you are visiting the area or a local, you are sure to enjoy a great day on the town if you join the Jupiter Riverwalk Taste Tour.

On the Jupiter Riverwalk Taste Tour, you and your group will sample some delicious tastings downtown then go on a scenic boat ride on the Intracoastal Waterway to a one of a kind outdoor restaurant for more tastings. This event is a great way to experience some of Jupiter’s best local restaurants while seeing the area and conversing with friends.

When: Sat, January 18, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Where: Jupiter, Florida At The Shoppes of Jupiter in the open courtyard next to Staples, 201 N. U.S. Highway 1 & Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33458

Cost: $79.95 per person


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Developed by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, Sugar Sand is a 132-acre park that offers lots of fun for kids in the Palm Beaches. The Park features a lot to do including the Children's Science Explodium, The Willow Theatre and the Field House, which features an indoor gymnasium.

The Willow Theatre

The Willow Theatre, nestled inside Sugar Sand Park in the heart of Boca Raton, provides a unique theatre experience in South Florida. This inviting 155-seat theatre gives each audience member a close-up view of outstanding, professional entertainment, in a setting almost as personal as your own home.

The Children's Science Explorium

The Children's Science Explorium is a hands-on science center designed for children 5 – 12 years old, and

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If you are looking for a quiet place to hike, away from development and busy streets, Pine Glades Natural Area has 6,651 acres of restored wetlands open residents of Palm Beach County. Located just west of Jupiter Farms and a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens and The Town of Jupiter, the park has nearly eight miles of hiking trails, a kayak launch, a covered picnic area, a wheelchair accessible restroom, and several boardwalks surrounded by the sounds and sights of natural Florida.

Pine Glades Natural Area is part of the Loxahatchee River watershed and the Northeast Everglades Natural Area. The site had been previously used for now-defunct agricultural purposes and was acquired a piece by piece over the course of 11 years. It faced extensive

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Healthy snacking is essential if you’re trying to lose weight. Not only that, but eating the right things at the right times can also help you keep your energy up and your hunger-cravings down. Here are a few of our favorite healthy snacks for losing weight:

Trail Mix

Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack. They've been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and may help prevent certain cancers, depression and other diseases. Despite being relatively high in fat, they are very filling. Several studies suggest that eating nuts in moderation can help you lose weight.

Nuts contain the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein and fiber. They contain about 180 calories in a 1 oz (28 grams) serving, on average. They also taste great and don't require

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Florida, particularly South Florida, is famous for its wildlife. For those of you who love the water, here are a couple wildlife centers that you might want to visit.  

Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon is Florida Power & Light’s new eco-discovery center. This is your chance to see the manatees up close where they bask in the warm-water outflows from the power plant. The center includes exhibits, a boardwalk, picnic area, pavilion, cafe and gift shop. Even better, admission is free! 600 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. 561-626-2833 For a sneak preview, check out the Manatee Cam on their website

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

You’ll fall in love with sea turtles! Loggerhead Marinelife Center promotes sea turtle education,

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