Parks of Palm Beach County for Thanksgiving
If you’re down Florida way for Thanksgiving, Palm Beach County has some great eco-friendly parks offering activities for the whole family.
Peanut Island Park
Check in and check out Peanut Island Park. Having recently undergone a $13million refurbishment project, the island’s persevered marine and plant life are just begging to show off their conserved habitat. Located slap-bang in the middle of Lake Worth Lagoon, Peanut Island Park developed from materials excavated during the creation of Lake Worth Inlet in 1918. Now covering 86 acres, the park has become something of an eco-tourist destination. Accessible only by boat, the island boasts areas of grassland for picnicking, a beautiful lagoon for swimming and underwater havens for fish fanatics and snorkellers. Not bad for an area that started out as a dumping ground.
You can cosy up to nature by pitching your tent on the beach in one of the designated camping areas or book in advance to reserve one of 20 impressive landscaped camping sites in the grounds, complete with your own tent pad, grill and picnic table. If you’d prefer to go native, there are Seminole Indian-style chickee huts to bed down in. And, as well as the usual amenities of a well-equipped campsite, there’s a museum dedicated to educating visitors on the area they’ve chosen as their holiday destination.
Because Peanut Island is a great destination for the whole family, with activities for young and old, it can get silly busy during school holidays. You have been warned!
FYI: Campsites have a maximum stay of three nights and before booking, be sure to read the long list of camping rules and regulations.
Best of the Rest
One of the more popular wildlife parks in Palm Beach County, Riverbend Park offers over 680 acres of subtropical terrain and marshland to investigate. Outdoor activity enthusiasts can get hot and sweaty bicycling, hiking, canoeing and kayaking and for those who prefer to take it easy, just wander through the park at your own pace indulging in a spot of ornithology; Wild Turkey, Sandhill Crane and Wood Ducks call Riverbend Park home.
FYI: The park is closed Monday and Tuesdays.