How To Enjoy a Culturally Enriching Tour of Palm Beach
PHOTO: Henry M. Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Now you can leave the planning up to your cultural concierge when visiting Palm Beach County, Fla. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has launched a new visitor experience that aims to give your next trip to "The Island" a kick of culture. The new Cultural Concierge program is a free service that will provide travelers with never-before-offered access to insider recommendations, exclusive amenities and customized experiences.
There are more than 42,000 cultural experiences available in Palm Beach County. It is known as Florida’s Cultural Capital, home to a variety of museums, art galleries, performance halls and more. Navigating which experiences are best for you is challenging to say the least, and the Cultural Concierge will work with tourists, visiting groups, travel professionals and event planners to ensure they have a seamless experience.
“This partnership, where the hospitality industry works together with the cultural community to provide truly customized experiences for travelers, is breaking new ground in the travel industry,” said Marilyn Bauer, director of marketing and government affairs at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. “We designed this program to better serve visitors, and we expect to increase cultural tourism, support arts organizations and stimulate economic growth through the distinct cultural opportunities offered with this service.”
The Cultural Council has tapped arts expert and musicologist, Bama Lutes Deal, Ph.D., for the role of Cultural Concierge. Palm Beach County native Dr. Lutes Deal has more than 30 years in experience working with arts and cultural communities. With her finger on the pulse of Palm Beach County’s more than 200 arts and cultural organizations, and the member hotels of the Cultural Council, the Cultural Concierge provides tourists with itinerary recommendations, planning and advice tailored to their individual tastes and budgets — the hottest tickets, the latest exhibitions and special experiences such as backstage meet and greets, master classes, customized tours and behind-the-scenes access.
Four Palm Beach Cultural Attractions Not to Miss
As one of America’s foremost destinations for travelers who enjoy the arts, there are several popular attractions in Palm Beach County that travelers should not miss during their stay.
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum: Visit this Gilded Age estate, which opened in 1902 to much acclaim – it was even said to be “more wonderful than any palace in Europe.” Today, the home is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: These gorgeous gardens and museum provide insight into the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the center has featured rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, educational outreach and more.
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: This center is a premiere performing arts center in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. A hub for the arts, the space sits on 10.6 acres and features four venues.
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society: The society’s goal is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world, supporting endangered species propogation, education and support of conservation initiatives.
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