Halpatiokee Playground and Hike
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Halpatiokee Park makes for a great outing with young children. You can satisfy both their desire for a playground and your desire to be hiking out in nature! There is a large playground with swings, bouncies, and endless tunnels and climbing options with a clean sandy floor and huge shade canopy. What more could you ask for! The shade canopy makes this playground a great place to go on hot summer days. Plenty of benches provide spots for parents to sit while they watch their kids. Kids can also bike and scooter on the many winding paths.
Afterwards, drive to the end of the parking lot and hike in the jungle paradise! The trail hugs the river and you pass mossy green wooden lookout points high above the river with tarzan ropes falling from the trees. Little plants dangle from the branches and ropes of the trees. Kayakers paddle by happily. This scenery is what Florida is all about! What a gorgeous place! Entice your kids to walk a little further with a promise of donuts at the Dunkin Donuts on Lost River Rd on the way home!
The scenery on this hike is very similar to that of Jonathon Dickinson Park, another great place to explore.
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Halpatiokee Park is located at 8303 SW Lost River Rd, Stuart FL 34997.
From Highway 95 northbound, exit at Kanner Hwy. Turn right on Kanner Hwy and then right on Lost River Rd. Pass the Dunkin Donuts on your right and then the park entrance is on your left.
Dunkin Donuts, 7850 SW Lost River Rd, Stuart FL 34997, call (772) 220-3583.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.