Friday, June 5, 2015

Our Favorite Parks

Wellington and Palm Beach County have a lot of parks, and most of them are great places to go for a picnic. Most of them have fun playgrounds or other activities as well. Some of them are also on the "beach" list. These are all parks we've visited that I wouldn't mind visiting again. If you click on the links below, they'll take you to blog posts I've written previously. If you want to find the actual park websites, try here - Wellington City - and here - Palm Beach County.

Village Park (with Peaceful Water Sanctuary) - This is a huge park! Think 2 hockey rinks, a skateboard park, 4 football fields, 4 baseball fields, over 25 soccer fields, in addition to an exercise circuit and walking paths and a playground, plus the adjacent nature preserve with walking trails. [11700 Pierson Road, Wellington]

Tiger Shark Cove Park - The Saturday we visited several birthday parties were in progress. That meant all the picnic pavilions were reserved, so we ate our lunch on a bench with no table. This is a great park for little kids. [13800 Greenbriar Blvd, Wellington]

Azure Park - Just a nice little neighborhood park, complete with a playground, basketball court and picnic table. [949 Azure Ave in Sugar Pond Manor in Wellington]

Foresteria Park - Another little neighborhood park, similar to the one above. [Also in Sugar Pond Manor, at 900 Foresteria Ave]

Staimford Park - After trying them all, we thought this was the nicest park in Wellington. In addition to the basketball court, play structure and picnic tables, it also had swings and water access for fishing. [13599 Staimford Drive in Greenview Shores]

Dubois Park - If you plan on using one of their grills, be sure you get there early! This park is along the Jupiter Inlet, but you can walk a bit to reach the Atlantic Ocean as well. The "beaches" are nice and shallow, and you don't have to worry about waves, which makes it a great place for younger children. [19075 Dubois Road in Jupiter]

Carlin Park - The park has something for everyone! Tennis courts, exercise paths, a playground, grills and pavilions, Duke's Lazy Loggerhead Cafe, the beach itself, along with plenty of parking. [400 Hwy A1A in Jupiter]

Okeeheelee Park - Another large park with several playgrounds, tennis courts, a nature center, boat rentals and biking/walking trails, along with lots of ball fields. [7715 Forest Hill Blvd, just east of the turnpike]

Jonathan Dickinson State Park - part one and part two - You can visit state parks multiple times without repeating activities. This one has a visitor's center, miles of hiking trails, mountain biking trails, bike rentals, a concession stand, horseback rides, an observation tower, camping, picnic areas, a playground and a boat tour on the Loxahatchee River to Trapper John's Homestead. [16450 SE Federal Hwy in Hobe Sound, just north of Jupiter]

MacArthur Beach State Park - part one and part two - Another beautiful state park with a lot of activities available. Most people probably come for the beach, and it's a great one (although there's a bit of a hike to get to it), but there's also a visitor's center, kayak rentals and hiking trails, along with picnic tables and a playground. [off A1A in North Palm Beach]

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge - This isn't the best place to go for a picnic, but it's a great place to visit if you want to enjoy nature. In addition to a visitor's center and lots of hiking trails, there's even a canoe trail (rent them there or bring your own).  [10216 120th St South, Boynton Beach, west of 441]

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