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The Hidden Treasures of Palm Beach County
Every town has its hidden treasures, and the Northern Gold Coast is no exception. With a cultural presence like the one it has, how could it not have so many things for residents to discover? From the historical banyan trees that sit at the entrance of Palm Beach Gardens to BallenIsles Country Club, there are plenty of great landmarks and outdoor artworks for the residents of the area to discover.
Every town has its hidden treasures, and the Northern Gold Coast is no exception. With a cultural presence like the one it has, how could it not have so many things for residents to discover? From the historical banyan trees that sit at the entrance of Palm Beach Gardens to BallenIsles Country Club, there are plenty of great landmarks and outdoor artworks for the residents of the area to discover.

Banyan Trees

Thanks to the efforts of town founder John D. MacArthur and a very unique story, banyans have come to represent Palm Beach Gardens. The webpage on them says that these are the stately trees that drivers may see towering above buildings and other trees around the area, stretching to the ground with vines that hang from their branches. Their stately manner and refined aesthetic left such an impression on MacArthur that he worked in ensuring that banyans would sit at the entrance of town. In his efforts in relocating one to its new site, it accidentally took out some train signal wires, and even fell onto the track! However, the tree itself was located successfully, and another tree joined it roughly a year later. Both still sit in the same spot today.

PGA Flyover Bridge Lights

If the banyans best represent old world Florida, the lights on the PGA Bridge flyover best represent new world Florida! Simple, understated, yet iconic and elegant, any seasonal resident or local could identify them instantly. Come the holiday seasons, the lights on the bridge will shift in color, as noted on the Bridge Lighting Schedule page online.

Windows On The Floating World at Mounts Botanical Garden

When rainy season comes to South Florida, it starts all kinds of natural processes below the surface. Seeds get the nutrients and water they need to grow, frogs come to lay eggs, and wading birds visit to find things to eat. Windows On The Floating World at Mounts Botanical Garden lets guests see the wetland come to life before their eyes by allowing them to literally step into the wetland garden, thanks to the exhibits unique metal catwalk system. Mounts’ webpage dedicated to the exhibit describes how the unique hexagonal design of the walkways provides ‘windows’ for guests to look down into the water and see the wetland coming to life before their eyes. The display’s efforts in bringing guests closer to the water and wildlife, along with the natural way that the metal walkways have been incorporated into the garden, suggest the delicate harmony between man and nature.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse was first lit in 1860 and guided ships away from shore, helping shipwrecked sailors in their time of need. Its iconic shape and bright red color is emblematic of Jupiter now. Today, the lighthouse serves as a museum where visitors can climb to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of the area, as well as visit the interactive exhibits to see how people lived all those years ago.

Sea Turtles

While not a brick-and-mortar sculpture or building to discover, sea turtles are the natural gifts of the Gold Coast. The beaches here serve as the nesting spots of leatherbacks, loggerheads, and the occasional hawksbill sea turtle. Those who snorkel and dive might be able to catch sight of a sea turtle when they go underwater offshore, but one’s best chance of seeing a sea turtle would be by attending a local nature center’s turtle walk.

BallenIsles Country Club

Ever since its inception, BallenIsles Country Club has served as the warm weather escape for the few elites who were lucky enough to know that it existed. Tournaments such as the 1971 PGA Championship have been hosted here, according to Links Magazine’s article ‘BallenIsles Country Club: The Home of the PGA Tour’, and players such as Serena and Venus Williams have graced their tennis courts. The multiple restaurants delight and engage diners, and the tropical flora that envelopes the 33 neighborhoods within this community help establish BallenIsles Country Club as the tropical paradise that it is.

Just by taking a quick exploration trip through town reveals how many treasures are scattered throughout it – and not just the kind that’s found in a pirate chest. From the historical to the artistic, it’s evident that the residents of the county work hard to protect and preserve their cultural artifacts.

When it comes to country clubs, BallenIsles Country Club is simply unparalleled, in its amenities, in its homes, and especially in its location. This community offers luxury living in a tropical setting, with amazing amenities to boot. Three golf courses – the East Course, the North Course, and the South Course – offer an individual challenge to each resident who tries them. BallenIsles is highly recognized for its offerings in regards to tennis, including 23 tennis courts, with twenty of them being Har-Tru clay courts. One stadium course, and two permanent pickleball courts are also provided. For those looking to improve their game, private lessons and clinics are provided. Members face off in club tournaments that are held throughout the year as well. At the Club’s Sports Complex, members have access to cardio and strength machines, along with private trainers who can work with them to meet their health goals. Fitness classes ranging from Pilates to yoga allow members to work out with friends.

With its full social calendar and proximity to all that Palm Beach Gardens has to offer, BallenIsles Country Club allows for lovers of music, art, the outdoors, and life to take advantage of the local scene better than anywhere else. In addition, whether your sport of choice is tennis, golf, or swimming, or anything else, you’ll find something to enjoy within this gated community. See for yourself when you see the active community calendar, filled to the brim with exciting tastings, speaker sessions, holiday parties, golf tournaments, and other social events. When you’re done for the day, return home to a beautiful residence within one of BallenIsles Country Club’s many neighborhoods. Whether you prefer a single-family style home, townhomes, or are searching for a unique modern design, the Club is happy to offer a variety of homes, many offering golf and lake views, from their 33 neighborhoods. The Club maintains a full calendar of fun activities, and you’ll find areas like the Golf Shop or personal fitness trainers dedicated to helping you improve your game. Schedule your private tour today by clicking here, and learn how you can make BallenIsles Country Club your home.
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