Whether you’re looking for a quiet hiking spot or playscapes for the kids, these local parks have something for everyone.
Palm Beach County is packed with top-notch playgrounds and parks. Moving with kids? Stop by a few of these playscapes when you’re out exploring. But the playgrounds are just the start of why we love these parks. With pickleball fields, fitness trails, outdoor concert venues, and more these parks are some of the best community gathering spots in the ‘burbs.
Kick-off your parks and playground tour with these stops…
If you’re touring Westlake or Arden and need a break for the kids to play, stop by Kidscape Park or Acreage Community Park to let them get some energy out. Both feature playgrounds with slides and climbing structures, plus Acreage also has a huge field if your crew wants to run around.
After, stop by Jabrewski’s for a bite to eat. You can’t go wrong with any of their hand-tossed pizzas or hot sandwiches. Looking for a bit more of an adventure to round out your afternoon? You’ll also be close to the Lion Country Safari if you want to visit the splash park or see exotic animals roaming in a recreated natural habitat.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Loxahatchee is the equestrian-loving town of Wellington. Tiger Shark Park is the perfect spot for locals to get a breather from all of the horse jumping. Here you’ll find softball fields and batting cages plus multiple pavilions if you want to plan a picnic (or you can rent them out for birthday parties).
For families with young kids, the park’s oceanic-themed playground is the major draw. Kids can let their imaginations run wild here with the sunken pirate ship playscape and giant octopus slide. Good news for parents: the entire area is cushioned for safety and there are shaded benches where you can sit while the kids explore.
About a mile from the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum is Tequesta’s Constitution Park. Here you’ll find a playground complete with a rock-climbing wall and treehouse plus a designated playscape for younger kids. There’s even a fitness trail, butterfly garden, and skateboard park, too.
This park just went through an upgrade in 2021 and now the space hosts food truck takeovers, concerts, movies, and other fun community events.
When local families need a break from the beach they can bring the kids to Indian Creek Park. The playground features slides, swings, and a rock wall. Parents can even squeeze in a workout with the outdoor exercise equipment.
Once you’re done, make your way to the lake for some great bird-watching opportunities or seek out the Little Free Library to pick up your next read. Just keep in mind there aren’t any bathrooms in this park so, if you’re visiting with kids, this spot is best for a quick stop.
Thinking about joining an adult rec league? Basketball and volleyball leagues meet at this park’s courts for some friendly competition.
#5. Palm Beach Gardens
After checking out the various country club (and non-country club) communities of Palm Beach Gardens or the new construction community and model homes at Avenir, head to the Gardens North County District Park. This impressive project opened in 2019 and offers tons of fun for everyone. There’s a splash pad and playground for kids and a scenic nature trail for anyone who wants to stretch their legs. Since it’s close to PBI airport, why not stop and get some fresh air before hopping on a flight?
This 82 acres of green space is especially popular with local sports enthusiasts. Soccer players take advantage of the multipurpose fields designed to fit FIFA regulations and the award-winning Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center is a hit with residents of all ages. Insider tip: four of the courts are lit up for evening play.
#6. West Lake Worth
Head west from the great beaches, fishing pier, and specialty shops in downtown Lake Worth to reach the more residential area of Lake Charleston. Settling down here means you’ll still have access to everything Lake Worth has to offer plus a network of 28 subdivisions, single-family homes, townhomes, and villas all connected via 220 acres of lakes. Lake Charleston Park is just one of the recreation hotspots in town. Stop by and let the kids explore the playground or scope out the softball fields if you’re considering signing up for an adult league.
#7. West Palm Beach
You might think of West Palm Beach as the Wall Street of the South and it’s known for its excellent arts and culture scene but when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of this urban oasis head west to Okeeheelee Park. This huge park — over 1700 acres — has everything you need for outdoor fun. With equestrian trails, a BMX track, golf course, and waterways for kayaking there really is something for everyone here. And if you have kids in tow, bring them to the playground to run around and meet new neighborhood friends.
#8. Delray Beach
If big parks aren’t your thing, venture off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and head to Orchard View Park. This small city-run park still has everything for a nice afternoon outing, including a playground and a well-maintained walking trail. Make it a picnic and stop by the locally-run Sandwiches by the Sea on your way into the park. You’ll find plenty of space in the grassy field or picnic pavilion to set up and enjoy some al fresco dining. After, head to the nearby Lily’s Handmade Ice Cream for a cone (or two).
#9. Boca Raton
There’s so much to see when you’re touring Boca Raton — but sometimes the kids need a few minutes to burn off some energy. When that happens, head to Sugar Sand Park. With athletic fields, a community theater, nature trails, and more, this huge adventure park lives up to its motto of “spend the day and play.”
For young kids, the Science Playground can’t be missed. This interactive and accessible playground was designed to help kids of all ages and abilities learn some science principles while having fun at the same time. And parents will appreciate the unique wayfinding feature that makes it easier to locate their kids in the playscape.
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