Here’s a bucket list of things to do in Palm Beach County in 2018

Dec 29, 2017

Palm Beach County certainly has a busy season, from fall through spring, when thousands of snowbirds migrate here and events seem to pop up daily.

But if you’re a local, you also know that there really is no slow season: there are plenty of fun activities and extreme adventures that keep us living here year round. 

To experience Palm Beach County like never before, click on the hyperlinks below for details, or print this page to keep track of your “new year-new you” activities. 

Here’s your bucket list for 2018:

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS

The land of swamps, bugs and gators isn’t as scary as it sounds. Yes, you may be within touching distance of a 12-foot alligator while canoeing through the mangroves, but it’s totally worth it. Click on the link above and see the photo.

It might not be cold enough for even a long-sleeved shirt, but the bonfires at Lake Worth Beach are totally comforting. There’s music, vendors, dancers, hula hoops and plenty of conversations to be had.

Driving in traffic is definitely not fun. But driving for fun equals pure adrenaline. Take your car to the race track and make those tires squeal, or take a scooter ride along the beach. There are plenty of local options to quench your need for speed.

What better way to spend an entire day than hanging out on a charter boat, dropping in the Atlantic Ocean with a chill crew and swimming with real sharks? Relax, they’re pros, it’s safe.

Stop being a wuss. No bear, mountain lion or anaconda is going to kill you — but beware of the gators and pythons (we ARE in Florida afterall). Pack your blankets, grill, volleyball and bring a spouse or a hot date. This is a great way to spend a weekend out of the ordinary. But do it before summer’s heat arrives. There may be an “AC” in CAMPING, but there’s no AC in TENT.

STAY HEALTHY

No, you don’t need to commit to an actual New Year’s resolution (thank me later), but maybe you need to test out a few programs to find the one you enjoy. Most have free classes to get you started before you sign a contract. Heck, you can always rotate and try each one.

This item could go in the “Go Outside” category too, but just in case you skimmed that section, I’ve placed it under “Staying Healthy.” Warning: These water activities actually take some effort. Did someone say, “calorie burn?”

If you haven’t seen the episode of Parkour in The Office, what are you waiting for? This hilarious spin does no justice to Parkour — a fun and challenging physical activity that appeals to every age. It’ll only take one class to make you want to jump over anything in front of you.

DINING AND THE ARTS

GOOD KARMA

This is your chance to clean your aura and do some good for others.

There are so many ways to donate to families that are less fortunate. Give away your old clothes and appliances, collect books and toys from friends and families or even shop for new ones. 

How could you not want to bring some tail-wagging to pets who have no homes or don’t get attention and love. As Mark Twain once said: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” 

SPICE UP YOUR DATING LIFE

Cue the suspense music! I’m kidding. Dating can be awkward and expensive but it’s never been easier. Didn’t get the digits last night at the bar? No worries. Try some new methods and thank technology for it. 

Sign up for the next speed dating event by age group, then show up looking sharp and get ready to rotate plenty of potential dates (I’m talking more than 20 in an hour). Make sure you highlight your best attributes!

OK, so Palm Beach Post reporter Corvaya Jeffries had no luck finding love using dating apps. But don’t lose hope. Yes, many people use these dating apps as just a way to “hook up,” but I’ve met so many people who are happily dating, even married, after having met on dating apps such as Tinder. 

When I was in high school, after-school “clubs” seemed, well, kind of nerdy. But as you get older, these groups become more appealing. We’re busy with work and life, with little time to meet people with similar interests. These do just that. So find a local meet-up group near you. 

TREAT YOURSELF

Sometimes, it’s all about you. And that’s OK. This is the cheat sheet category of the bucket list. After all, we live in South Florida and we have top notch-everything, and you deserve every bit of it. 

Palm Beach County is thrift-shop paradise. Where do you think all those garments from the Island’s wealthy end up? Usually in our hands if we’re lucky (and for a fraction of the original price!) No shame here. Get some cash and snatch up some bargains. (Full disclosure here: We tried getting a complete outfit (shoes, pants, shirt) for under $20, but came up short). Watch the video here.

As our fashionista reporter Corvaya Jeffries puts it: “It’s okay to want to stop the clock with a new look.” This is why she interviewed a local beauty blogger to give you real tips to make you feel brand new — at least until the make-up wears off, I’m guessing. Click on the link and find out how. 

We’re not encouraging you to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with, but if you feel like getting a fresh new look, try getting a new haircut, a permanent fade or literally start growing new hair that will make your bald spots disappear forever. This is not an AD, I promise.

KEEP MORE MONEY IN YOUR WALLET

Saving money is like wanting to start a new workout program. You’ll dream about it and talk about it over and over and never do it. But once you do, it’s addicting and feels powerful.

You’ve tried to save money, but you can’t seem to see a penny extra in your bank account. Forget your worries and let the expert analyze your finances. Ask her for tips and ways to save money without feeling light-pocketed every month. 

We all wanted to grow up so quickly: Be independent, work, drive our own car and spend a lot of money. Wake up! You’re getting old by the minute; you shouldn’t still be making immature decisions. See how small changes can give you big returns. You’re welcome.