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A great outdoor adventure: Okeeheelee Park

Okeeheelee Park at sunrise

With COVID cases spiking over the holidays, South Florida residents can plan a wonderful “staycation” right here at nearby Okeeheelee Park, a huge 1,700 acre site managed by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation. Escape for the day and play a round of championship golf, ride your horse on beautiful trails, and learn to wakeboard on the lake.

Here's just a few of the things that you can do while spending the day at Okeeheelee Park:

Play Championship Golf

Enjoy 27 holes of beautifully maintained championship golf at the Okeeheelee Golf Course. This public course offers a clubhouse, a chipping and putting practice area, a driving range, and a pro shop. If you are interested in booking a tee time, click here or call 561-964-4653.

Commune with Nature

Learn about nature and animals and walk 2.5 miles of wooded trails that run through natural areas and ponds at the 90 – acre Okeeheelee Nature Center and Nature Trails. Informative signs tell you the history of the area and explain animals and plants you may encounter along the way.

See hands-on exhibits, have exciting animal encounters, and participate in family-oriented programming throughout the year.

Nature Center is open Wednesday – Friday 1:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday to Tuesday. For further information on the Okeeheelee Nature Center, click here or call 561-233-1400.

Ride at the Equestrian Park

Discover a world-class equestrian park on 110 acres with five riding rings, two stable buildings to accommodate 128 horses, and a covered arena. The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center features more than nine miles of riding trails and facilities to host shows and competitions. There are open trails and riding areas available every day at no charge.

Follow the Equestrian Center on Facebook for the most up-to-date events. For further information about the Equestrian Center, click here or call 561-966-7090.

Participate in BMX Bicycle Racing

Thrill to biking events throughout the year during race season on the Okeeheelee Park BMX Track, one of the top racetracks in the nation.

This professional level BMX racing track is located past the main entrance heading west, just before the bridge. The track is run by the nonprofit, all-volunteer group Okeeheelee BMX. You will need a USA BMX card to practice or race on the track.

Class time and availability can be found on the website here.

For further information, call the track at 561-642-6774.

Okeeheelee Park Boat Rental

Visit the boat rental run by Kayak-King Watersports to rent kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. You can rent bicycles here as well. Rentals are available weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Let the Dog Run Free

Pooch Pines dog park is perfect for large or small dogs with two sections to keep things safe. Expect to find plenty of shade, benches, and a dog washing station. Find restrooms right outside the gate. Enjoy the day and follow the rules found on the Palm Beach County website.

Okeeheelee Park is located at 7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, west of West Palm Beach.


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