The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department offers many environments for families with young children to spend time together while learning, growing and practicing healthy lifestyles. With more than 80 parks and recreation facilities from Tequesta to Boca Raton and west to Lake Okeechobee, parents and young children can partake in a variety of activities. Plus, our parks and facilities are inspected to provide safe experiences. Here’s a list of our favorites.
• John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave S., Lake Worth:
This park will not disappoint the little ones. Children can enjoy five playgrounds, including a boundless playground that provides children with and without disabilities a colorful, sensory-rich, accessible experience. A splash park, under three shade sails, lets children run through a series of spray arches, stand under a giant splashing tail, and more. The park also offers a Fitness Zone exercise area so parents can stay active while their children play. Adults can use 17 pieces of outdoor, resistance exercise equipment that uses one’s body weight for strength training. The Fitness Zone is near a large pavilion and playground.
• Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd., west of West Palm Beach:
A visit here is a great opportunity for activity and education. The 1,700-acre park features three playgrounds for running, sliding and swinging. After time on the playground, parents can take their children to Okeeheelee Nature Center inside the park. Families can check out hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a nature-related gift shop. Admission to the nature center and trails is free. Program participation and bicycle/kayak concession fees are nominal. Time your visit to experience an equestrian event at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Okeeheelee Park South, on the south side of Forest Hill Boulevard.
• Westgate Park and Recreation Center, 3691 Oswego Ave., West Palm Beach:
This park features a playground, splash park and fitness station — ideal for both parents and kids. On a hot day, children can cool off by splashing through the brightly colored water playground. While adults work out on a 10-piece exercise station, they can keep their eyes on their children enjoying the remodeled playground.
• Lake Worth West Park, 4150 Vermont Ave., Lake Worth:
This park in central Palm Beach County has undergone a makeover, courtesy of the Office Depot Foundation and Palm Beach County. Now residents can enjoy a new playground with accessible equipment for all abilities, as well as a Little Free Library, green space, basketball court and butterfly garden. Adults can do an array of exercises at an exercise station next to the playground while watching their children.
• Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 11200 Park Access Road, west of Boca Raton:
Whether you’re spending the day at Coconut Cove Waterpark, playing on one of the two playgrounds or heading to Daggerwing Nature Center to learn about reptiles and insects, there’s something for every member of the family here. The waterpark is perfect for those hot summer days, running on a playground, sliding down waterslides or floating along a lazy river. At Daggerwing, children can play and learn through interactive exhibits, or venture outside to a boardwalk and tower where families can watch and learn about wildlife. While the waterpark has an admission fee, Daggerwing is free, except for program fees.
• Glades Pioneer Park, 866 State Road 715, Belle Glade:
Located in western Palm Beach County, this park features a seasonally operated pool, a baseball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, a 1.25-mile paved multipurpose path, playgrounds for ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a splash park and picnic areas.
Visit www.pbcparks.com for more park locations.
Bibi Baksh is public relations specialist for Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.