Bradley Park (formerly called Sunset Park) is quite hidden on Royal Poinciana Way. As you drive over the bridge and then along Royal Poinciana Way to get to the park, check out the golden eagle sculpture on your left.
Bradley Park is in an ideal location. On the south it borders Royal Poinciana Way, a busy road, lined with tall royal palms. A winding walkway is found here. To the east it is bordered by the elegant, yellow Via Flagler Shops- you can get an ice cream at Sprinkles Ice Cream and eat it at the park. To the west it is bordered by the North Lake Trail, an amazing three mile walkway that runs between mansions and the sparkling intracoastal waterway. In Bradley Park, there are banyan trees, a pink flowering tree called a redbud tree (blooms in March), and benches, with views of the Biltmore's yellow towers to the north. Behind the restroom is a plaza with a fountain and sculpture, Asian decorations, and plaques detailing the history of the area. It is all very quaint!
Walk to the water and you will find a gazebo with fantastic views, especially at sunset. Also by the water is a wonderful recessed area with stepping stones, flowers, and little grass mounds to kick back on. Families like to play here and relax.
You can walk under the Flagler Memorial Bridge. The architecture looks impressive from below, the shape reminding me of the Sydney Opera House. Continue under the bridge and you'll find the Royal Poinciana Plaza, not to be confused with the Via Flagler Shops on the north side of Royal Poinciana Way. This shopping plaza is more sterile, and for the extremely wealthy. There are magenta-colored flowering trees, gray buildings, a playhouse with sculptures atop, and plenty of ritzy cars. A courtyard in the center has a bullet-shaped statue and a huge fountain and you can eat in the cafe called Sant Ambroeus, beside the fountain. Celis Produce is definitely worth a stop, for juicers, smoothies, and sandwiches, which you can enjoy in the pleasant seating of the plaza.
Cross back under the bridge and walk north on the North Lake Trail, for beautiful views of the intracoastal, yachts, and mansions, and lots of green landscaping and bougainvillea vines. There is some shade usually.
Walk east along Sunset Ave to Sunset Ave Beach, one of my favorite beaches in the area.
It's also just a thirteen minute walk from here to The Breakers Hotel.
Also check out mansions, flowers, and lovely trees along the side streets from Seminole Ave north to Wells Rd in this north part of Palm Beach island. Another blissful walk is the Banyan Tree walk, which starts at Wells Rd and N. County Rd.
Bradley Park used to be called Sunset Park and it would get confused with Sunset Park in West Palm Beach on Lake Mangonia, a park more inland and not on the island.
Last Updated: Sat, 05 Mar 2022 21:42:23 GMT