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Key Info

7715 Forest Hill Blvd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Golf, Parks and Gardens, Sports, Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located 7 miles southwest of the Palm Beach Zoo is Okeeheelee Park, where you'll find several miles of trails (on which you can walk, bike or run) across 90 acres of woods and wetlands. Trails aside, the park, which can be reached by car or the No. 46 Palm Tran bus, offers a variety of other outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, tennis, volleyball and baseball.

According to recent visitors, Okeeheelee Park is an ideal spot for those looking to relax or be active. For animal-lovers, the park's quiet grounds house butterflies and birds, and at the attraction's dog park, travelers can watch dogs run around with their owners. There's also an equestrian center, where jumping competitions are regularly held.

People looking to participate in outdoor activities will find plenty to do here, too. From kayaking and paddle boating to frisbee golf and biking, travelers rave about the park's abundance of land and water sports. And if you're lucky, you may get the chance to watch a water skiing competition.

Okeeheelee Park is free to visit, but keep in mind that equipment rentals like canoes, paddleboards and bicycles cost a small fee (about $10 to $20 each). The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset, though most courts and athletic fields are open until 9 or 10 p.m. In addition to Okeeheelee Park's paths, dog park and equestrian center, boat ramps, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a playground, a nature center and a golf course are available. The outdoor complex also offers free parking, restrooms and picnic areas with grills and tables. For more information about Okeeheelee Park, visit Palm Beach County's Parks & Recreation website.

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