A Guide to West Palm Beach Parks

Samantha Curry  |  June 4, 2024

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There's no denying West Palm Beach's status as a highly sought-after, high-end community. The city's oceanfront setting, colorful history, outstanding shopping and dining destinations, and stellar selection of ultra-luxe real estate elevate the lifestyle to one of Florida's most elite luxury enclaves.

Even more than just a destination to see and be seen, West Palm Beach demands you get outside and experience its near-infinite outdoor recreational opportunities, from golfing to tennis and beyond. West Palm Beach is host to an extensive list of parks, preserves, and outdoor green spaces ready to explore. Offering direct access to an array of both city and county-managed parks, you're equally as close to a lush, verdant meadow as you are to shimmering turquoise waters. If you’re interested in moving to West Palm Beach, read on to explore the amazing parks in the area.

City Parks

West Palm Beach features an impressive array of city-run parks and recreational areas, most of which are between Australian Avenue and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Currie Park

2400 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, Currie Park offers spectacular waterfront views and a range of recreational activities. The park’s prime location makes it a popular spot for boating, fishing, and picnicking. A large boat ramp provides easy access to the water, and several fishing piers are available for anglers. Here, you’ll also find tennis courts, open fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Dreher Park

5701 Dreher Trail S, West Palm Beach

Dreher Park is one of West Palm Beach's most versatile outdoor retreats and arguably its most popular city-run park. Spanning more than 120 acres, this beloved green space is home to the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The park features sand volleyball courts, numerous picnic areas, barbecue grills, playgrounds, and open green spaces perfect for a fun day out. Additionally, visitors can enjoy biking and jogging along the trails, taking their canine friends to the Dreher Dog Park, playing a round on the park's disc golf course, or casting a line from the fishing spots along the park's waterways.

Grassy Waters Preserve

8264 Northlake Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Grassy Waters Preserve is a stunning natural sanctuary spanning 23 square miles in northwest West Palm Beach, just east of The Club at Ibis. It is a 15,000-acre wetlands ecosystem — so much more than a simple park. It also provides a portion of the freshwater supply for West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Island. This expansive preserve offers visitors a unique glimpse into Florida's natural wetland habitats. The preserve features 25 miles of boardwalks and trails ideal for biking, hiking, birdwatching, and photography.

Grassy Waters Preserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including alligators, otters, bobcats, white-tailed deer, wading birds, and native plant species. The preserve offers guided canoe and hiking tours, educational programs, and special events that highlight the importance of wetland conservation and the unique ecology of the area.

Howard Park

1302 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach

Howard Park is a charming, 14-acre historic park near downtown West Palm Beach. This park is known for its beautiful old-growth trees, scenic walking paths, dog park, playground, and community center. The well-maintained sports facilities include shuffleboard courts, a softball field, and twin basketball courts. The Howard Park Tennis Center is in the midst of extensive improvements, including resurfacing its seven existing clay courts and two hard courts, renovating and expanding the clubhouse, upgrading the lighting and landscaping, and adding four pickleball courts. The improved tennis facility should open by the end of 2024.

County Parks

Dyer Park / Winding Waters Natural Area

7301 N Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach

Situated at the juncture of Bee Line Highway and the Florida Turnpike is the 560-acre Dyer Park. A reclaimed former landfill that now centers around "The Hill," a unique feature atypical of Palm Beach County's relatively flat coastal plain. Sports and hobbies are a central focus, including four basketball courts, three multipurpose fields, baseball and softball diamonds, and an RC Flying facility. For adventurers, the park also boasts 7.1 miles of dedicated mountain bike trails and welcomes fishing, canoeing, and kayaking enthusiasts. The park is adjacent to the 548-acre Winding Waters Natural Area, where you’ll find five miles of hiking trails, an observation platform, abundant birdlife, and wetland landscapes perfect for canoe trips.

Okeeheelee Park

7715 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Palm Beach County's premier outdoor recreational space, Okeeheelee Park, is a massive area that spans over 1,700 acres a few miles southwest of Palm Beach International Airport. This beautiful park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Animal lovers will appreciate the 111-acre Equestrian Center, dog park, and indoor nature center with an exhibit hall featuring live animals. If you're feeling adventurous, there are bike trails and a BMX track. If golf is your favorite pastime, enjoy the driving range or one of the three 9-hole public courses, or try your hand at the 18-hole disc golf course. Water enthusiasts can rent a kayak or paddle boat and explore at their own pace or sign up for a water ski permit to enjoy one of the five courses.

Discover Your Ideal West Palm Beach Lifestyle

West Palm Beach is a hub of luxury living and a community rich in natural wonders and recreational opportunities. The parks in this vibrant city provide a perfect blend of serene landscapes and engaging activities.

If you're ready to explore luxury West Palm Beach real estate, contact expert agent Samantha Curry to find the perfect fit. As a top-producing agent, she is the trusted guide you need for outstanding results. Connect today.

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