June 2, 2011

A Full Day Around West Palm Beach, Florida

Today we had a full day in the West Palm Beach area.

First thing, we took another drive through Lion Country Safari and watched the Nilgai eat their breakfast.

The zookeepers let the herd of rhinoceros out right before we entered their territory, Hwange National Park.

Most of the giraffes, the tallest one about 19 feet tall, were hard at work on this tree limb. One of the smaller giraffes wanted back in the herd's pen.

Next we hopped onto the Peanut Island Water Taxi for a quick trip to Peanut Island which was formed from material dredged to create the Lake Worth Inlet.

Today Peanut Island is a Palm Beach County Park with camping, boating and a few other unique destinations.

One such destination is this old Coast Guard Station which can be toured as part of the Palm Beach Maritime Museum.

Included in the tour is a visit to the historic John F. Kennedy Bunker which was built at the height of the Cold War.

The bunker was a nuclear war contingency facility during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This emergency fallout shelter came equipped with its own red telephone.

The paved path around the perimeter of Peanut Island measures about a mile and a half.

We spotted a blimp on the way to Jupiter, Florida.

In Jupiter, we found the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum.

The museum includes hundreds of memorabilia items belonging to one of the most recognizable actors in recent history, Burt Reynolds.

Burt generously displays all his acting awards along with many movie props and gifts from his hundreds of friends in the entertainment, sports and political fields.

The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, housed in the same building, provides educational opportunities for actors and filmmakers. They also host acting workshops open to the public for those who have the thought in the back of their minds...what if?

On the way back to West Palm Beach, we visited John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for some sandcastle construction.

Marlon shows off his masterpiece.

We also played in the surf.

Then we waited for this bridge to go up and down.

Here is a short video of some of today's highlights.

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To be continued...

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