Get Out and Explore: Best Parks in and around Palm Beach County

Florida is known for its sunshine and long sandy beaches, but sometimes you could use a little shade. The perfect shade/sun equilibrium is best enjoyed at one of the many parks in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area. The following list is a mixture of the parks with walking trails and playscapes as well as the top environmental parks with nature centers in the area. Most of the parks on this list have a community calendar and regularly schedule family events that are both fun and educational.

The facilities at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton allow guests to learn and explore. The giant playscape is great for creative games that release energy and are a great follow up to viewing the exhibits in the Children’s Science Explorium. The beautiful carousel is great for photo opportunities.

Another beautiful park is the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park situated along the Atlantic Ocean. This park and nature center has taken special preservation measures to keep the natural fauna and wildlife robust. With fishing opportunities and winding trails, this park is a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With this many well-kept parks in the county, the hardest decision will be deciding which one to go to first. 

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society


From its early beginnings, when a few farm animals were the only attraction, this zoo has grown to include hundreds of specimens and 23 acres of habitat. Among the residents you'll see are black bears, jaguars, macaws, emus, wild turkeys,...  Read More



When it comes to parks, Royal Palm Beach Commons Park is one of the top in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area. Its high ranking comes from the sheer number of organized community events throughout the year as well as the numerous activities to...  Read More



One of the area's largest parks, Spanish River guarantees plenty of room to spread out and enough diversions to please any visitor, old or young. Swimming in the ocean and sunbathing on the beach satisfy plenty of folks, and picnic tables and...  Read More



A mission to spread awareness of the natural world and of Florida's environmental concerns defines this center. Named for a local tree, the facility occupies 20 acres along the coast and preserves the landscape for visitors and native wildlife....  Read More



Although many people are familiar with the southern Everglades (the wildlife and nature preserve southwest of Miami), not many realize that there's also a northern aspect to the preserve. This refuge represents the much-diminished northern...  Read More



The Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23 square mile wetlands ecosystem that is home to a variety of native wildlife and is loved by nature enthusiasts all over the area. This protected area is popular because it is home to several trails that are...  Read More



If outdoor activities get your blood pumping, this expansive park provides more than enough diversions to occupy your time. Over 11,000 acres of land guarantee plenty of space for the multitude of visitors who come to hike, camp, bike, and...  Read More



Located on 1700 acres to the west of West Palm Beach, Okeeheelee Park has something for the whole family to enjoy. Open from sunrise to sundown, with lighted tennis courts open until 9 PM, there is plenty of time to fit some outdoor activity...  Read More



Sugar Sand Park, operated by the City of Boca Raton, features a Community Center, an indoor gym at the Field House, and large play area surrounded by nature trails. The Community Center isn't your typical park recreation facility thanks to its...  Read More

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park


Given Florida's rapid growth and tendency towards commercialization, it's unusual to catch glimpses of its undeveloped splendor. Thankfully, this park preserves a slice of the original, pristine beauty that first drew people to its shores....  Read More


Meet Kristopher Neild

Kris is a South Florida resident, living close to the coast in West Palm Beach. The area lets him delve into his vices - beaching, bar-hopping and baseball. Besides writing about travel &...  More About Kristopher