10 Best Parks in Palm Beach County

We searched through municipal, state, and county websites and visited lots of local parks to find some of the BEST parks in Palm Beach County.  Our time with our families is precious and limited for most families.  When family time comes we want to take our kids to the best, and most inexpensive, places to enjoy ourselves.

Grab some tasty snacks, a cooler with refreshing drinks and head out to some of the amazing playgrounds Palm Beach county has to offer.   We selected parks with really neat play equipment that also had other amenities to enjoy.  The parks below all have wonderful playgrounds and some also have water features (splash pad, beach, pool, water parks), nature centers, trails, ball fields, amphitheatres, campgrounds, etc as well.  Some of these are what I refer to as “Mega Parks”.

10.  Scott’s Park in Wellington


Just opened in 2010, this fully accessible park was built in loving memory of local residents’ child who passed away at the young age of 6.  Hundreds from the community came together to assemble this beautiful playground that allows children of all abilities to seamlessly play together.  The playground includes a full acre of accessible playground equipment including slides, sensory items, shades, swings, wheelchair ramps and many other attractions.  The Village of Wellington’s amphitheater is nearby and hosts movie nights, concerts, and plays year round.

9.  Tiger Shark Cove in Wellington

Community designed and built wooden playground with a nautical theme.  There are lots of places to run and explore.  Inside the playground are all manner of fun equipment, including slides, monkey bars, climbing chains and bars, a sand play area, swings for young and old, and even a tire swing. Some of the wooden structure is wheelchair accessible. A small water play area can also be found here but its nothing spectacular.

8.  Constitution Park in Tequesta


Amazing playground and beautifully maintained surrounds make this park a true gem.  You may have to physically pry your children off of the equipment when it is time to leave.  The playground is best suited to older children with the tube slides and tall tree house.  There is also a fitness trail and basketball courts.

7.  Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach


Popular for it’s affordable water fun at the Family Aquatic Center, Lake Lytal in central Palm Beach County also has many other features to enjoy.  Baseball, racquetball, basketball, and tennis courts are available for active families or groups looking for a little competition.  There are a couple of playgrounds with bright, fun equipment to romp around on before or after you hit the water.  

6.  Okeeheelee Park near Wellington (Forest Hill Blvd & 441)


This marvelous park is hard to miss in central west Palm Beach County.  It has a little something for everyone.  Okeeheelee Nature Center, housed inside the park,  features 2.5 miles of trails winding through 90 acres of pine flatwoods and wetlands. Highlights of the center include hands-on exhibits, animal encounters and a nature related gift shop.  There is a BMX track, 8 miles of bicycle/walking trails, paddle boats,  an 111-acre equestrian center, ball fields, fishing, boat slips, golf, Pooch Pines Dog Park, and playground.

5.  Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach


Get up close to nature and enjoy some of Palm Beach’s beautiful coastline.  This is the site of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and a wonderful playground.  Picturesque chickee huts and nature trail coupled with beach fun make this a relaxing, educational and fun spot to visit.  Bring your swim clothes, your curiosity and spend the day.

 

4. Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton


Renovated in 2011, the playground has a tree house slide, older kid futuristic climbing area, tot area, swings and splash space.  It’s nicely shaded in spots and has very convenient restrooms.  Pirates Cove playground is located toward the back of the park which also includes a community center, tennis center, ball fields and basketball courts. This location is the site of some popular seasonal festivals held by the city of Boca Raton.

3. John Prince Park in Lake Worth

 

Another county run park in the central part of Palm Beach county, John Prince is popular mainly for it’s new splash area that sits amongst the super fun barrier-free Picower Super Park playground equipment (including a huge ship).  This park also has a campground, golf, trails, lake entertainment (boating, jet ski etc), therapeutic recreation center, and more.  

2. Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in Boca Raton

Includes Coconut Cove Water Park (admission fee), Canine Cove dog park,Daggerwing Nature Center (trail, intriguing new renovated exhibits, and programming), a huge fenced exciting barrier free playground (with bathrooms), Sunset Cove Amphtheater, golf, tennis center, remote-controlled car track, and much much more!

1. Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton


For cost, proximity to major roads and highways and for the marvelous amenities, we chose Sugar Sand as the top, "must play" spot in Palm Beach County! Amenities include a colorful carousel ($1/ride ); a HUGE wooden playground filled with nooks, crannies and adventure; a splash area; sports fields; indoor gymnasium (basketball); a theater for performances; rotating exhibits; nature trails; the Science Explorium interactive museum, art displays and extensive child programming.   It's a great place for camps, classes and birthday parties. When family is in from out of town this is where to go. Be careful, the word is out so try to go at non-popular times to have the place virtually to yourself!

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