Okeeheelee Nature Center, West Palm Beach
||Palm Beach, FL|
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Okeeheelee Nature Center isn't really worth a special trip, but if you're in the area you could stop by and check it out for a half hour. There are some fun hands-on things for kids to do, such as wooden puzzles. Black and white photograph murals line the walls. Overall, though, the inside of the building is not attractive. There are some nice things for kids to touch- kids always like this- such as a tortoise shell and an alligator skull. Tanks filled with animals such as turtles or snakes are a delight to kids. There is a little owl, who would probably rather be outside in a tree, but is nonetheless beautiful to see.
Behind the nature center are some wide, paved easy hiking trails. They are fairly plain, in sparse slash pine forest, some of it burnt by a previous forest fire. The pond is nice because it is so unbelievably clear, and filled with little tadpoles.
Okeeheelee Park has some playgrounds, and you can also rent kayaks or ride bikes. The scenery is plain, and you don't really feel like you've gotten out in nature and escaped suburbia because you can hear the turnpike and the planes and helicopters roaring from the nearby airport.
Afterwards, cruise the Mall at Wellington Green, which seems to be the center of this suburban town.
Nearby, take your kids to Tiger Shark Cove Playground, a colorful wooden playground with tons to explore, even a mermaid castle!
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Okeeheelee Nature Center is located at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach FL 33413, call (561) 233-1400. After you turn into Okeeheelee Park on Forest Hill Blvd, it's still quite a drive through the park to get to the nature center.
Open Wed-Sat 10-4:30.
Admissions is free. Donations are appreciated.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.