Saturday, October 16, 2021

Need a Change of Scenery and Some Good Food?

Here are two places reopening with some limited food options. But both are big, outdoor areas that are heeding the social distancing guidelines as well as providing a much-needed change of scenery for most families.

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach will not reopen, as previously announced, on June 2, 2020. A new reopening date will be announced soon.

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach are opening June 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

These beautiful gardens are opening the Roji-en Japanese Garden, bonsai exhibit and museum store (the latter with limited capacity). The Cornell Café will also be open, albeit with limited menu. Garden paths will be one-way only, and masks are required in the museum building and gardens. Sanitizing will be done routinely, and hand sanitizing stations are found throughout the museum.  The museum galleries, exhibitions, theater, tea house and Yamato-kan are still closed. 

For contact-free visits, see the mobile tour available online at 

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 561/495-0233;

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is reopening to members June 1-4, and to the public on June 5. 

There will be a one-way path through this large, outdoor attraction and some exhibits will be closed (carousel, train, observatory, café, aviary, butterfly garden and statues), but that still leaves most of the animals on display in their habitats. 

The café window service will be open to order food, and there will be the food carts in the Fountain Plaza, as usual. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and to use the hand-sanitizing stations scattered throughout the zoo. Stroller and wheelchair rental will not be available. 

Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/547-9453;

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Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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