Incorporated in 1959, Royal Palm Beach is comprised of 11.5 square-miles, including 336 acres of parks and green spaces and 29 miles of waterways. Royal Palm Beach has access to sixteen public parks. Currently the Village of Royal Palm Beach has set a high standard of 10 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. In 2008, the town was also recognized as one of the Top 10 ‘Best Towns for Families’ by Family Circle Magazine. Every Sunday Royal Palm Beach has a Green Market at Commons Park, a great Sunday morning outing for the family. Visitors can shop local produce, specialty boutiques, homemade products, snack on samples from vendors, and grab a bite to eat.
Royal Palm also hosts a yearly Royal Palm Art & Music Festival, a two day celebration of arts and music. Several roads are shut down to make room for the over 25,000 spectators that attend the event. Festival activities include kayak races, a chicken wing eating contest, carnival rides, food vendors, a business expo, and street performers. A large part of the festival is street painting. Royal Palm Beach Boulevard is shut down to allow dozens of artist to turn the street into the largest artist canvas in the Western Communities.
Stage performances are also a major component of the event. In 2013, Michaela Paige and Laura Vivas from NBC’s hit show, ‘The Voice’ performed for the event. A variety of musicians are showcased to add energy to the event. There is a little something for everyone with musicians performing jazz, blues, classic rock, and country. The festival ends with a fireworks show on the last day when guests bring portable chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.
Royal Palm Beach, or as locals call it ‘Royal Palm’ is also home to a state-of-the-art cultural center, recreational center and two golf courses all within the city walls. A 747-acre pristine nature preserve offers visitors hiking and an equestrian trail. Royal Palm has also been named Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1990. The entire area within the Village limits is designated as a bird sanctuary.