Palm Beach County Supports an Active Lifestyle
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Palm Beach County offers endless recreational choices for active citizens and residents. Boasting more than 8,000 acres of land, divided between 79 parks – two water parks are included in the count – there are beaches, trails, camping, grill sites and explorations a plenty. Entrance to many parks is free, with nominal fees attached to the rest.
Peanut Island Park, accessible by boat in Riviera Beach, offers camping, beaches, a lagoon, camping, flatwater fishing and plenty of fun with historical twist. On the island there is the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, and the John F. Kennedy Bunker.
Loggerhead Park, in Juno Beach offers a nature trail, picnic areas, the beach, and is home to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which serves as an educational location where more than 200,000 visitors a year come to learn about sea turtles.
The Morikami Park, in Delray Beach, offers an immersive experience into Japanese history and culture, featuring the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with bonsai, Japanese Gardens, special shows, events and a theater.
Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach features baseball fields, bicycle paths, water ski lakes, disk golf, a dog park, fishing, golf, BMX biking and more, encouraging an active lifestyle in a sprawling 1,702.01 acres.
Golf is also readily available in the county, which is often called “The Golf Capital of the World.” Palm Beach County features more than 150 public and private golf courses, with rolling green hills, pristine sand traps and elegant lakes.
Polo and equestrian sports offer an up-close-and-personal experience. Professional and Olympic equestrians offer classes, compete often and are accessible. There aren’t many places where it is common to see a world-famous athlete in the super market. In Wellington, however, it is. The equestrian community hosts many special events in addition to games and competitions, including the Great Charity Challenge, a show jumping event where charities are paired with horse and rider teams. The Great Charity Challenge takes place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and has distributed more than $7.5 million to 150 nonprofit organizations within Palm Beach County in the last six years.
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