Palm Beach Water Taxi
Water taxis run between downtown West Palm and Singer Island ($15), as well as to Peanut Island (round-trip $12), leaving from Singer...
After visiting Tiffany's windows on Worth Ave, head to Bethesda-by-the Sea to admire its glorious Tiffany window and grand Gothic...
ER Bradley's Saloon
Mostly a restaurant until about 10pm, at which point the music cranks up, the rum starts flowing, and the mixed-age crowd starts...
Café des Beaux-Arts
Housed in the Pavilion alongside Flagler's private railroad car is this period café, built in the style of a 19th-century,...
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Flagler Museum information
This museum is housed in the spectacular 1902 mansion built by Henry Flagler as a gift for his bride, Mary Lily Keenan. The beaux-arts-styled Whitehall was one of the most modern houses of its era and quickly became the locus of the winter season in Palm Beach. Designed by John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, both students of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and collaborators on other Gilded Age landmarks such as the New York Public Library, the elaborate 75-room house was the first residential home to feature both a heating system and an air-con system. Its modish, pink aluminum-leaf wallpaper was more expensive, at the time, than gold.
Downstairs, public rooms such as the 4750-sq-ft Grand Hall, the Library with its painted cast plaster ceiling and the silk- and wood-lined Drawing Room wow visitors with their detailed craftmanship and opulence. Upstairs, intimate bedrooms give a insight into family life. Of particular interest is the Flagler/Kenan History Room , which chronicles, through letters, newspaper clippings and photographs, Flagler's personal and professional life and Mary Lily's family history.
If you'd like more than to simply wander around the house, take a look at the website for a whole host of lectures, talks and exhibits, as well as the critically acclaimed Music Series that features intimate chamber concerts in the Music Room followed by a champagne reception ($60 per person).
Time your visit right and you can segue into a 'Gilded Age Style' lunch in the Café des Beaux-Arts , which is housed in the Pavilion , a 19th-century, iron-and-glass railway palace, which also displays Flagler's private railroad car. Here you can dine on finger sandwiches, scones and custom-blended teas while looking out over Lake Worth.