Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach have plenty of parks. I slathered on some sunscreen and sweated through seven in one day to guide you to the best places to enjoy with family and friends on a summer weekend.
Here are my findings (listed alphabetically):
Anchorage Park, 603 Anchorage Drive, North Palm Beach: This park has one amenity that can’t be beat during South Florida summers — an abundance of shade where the kids can frolic and you can lay your blanket on the grass for a picnic. There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family, including a playground for the kids and a fenced-in dog area with separate spaces for furry friends large and small.
Anglers will enjoy the piers on the south side of the park, and North Palm Beach residents with a permit can use the boat launch. Future improvements could include a kayak launch.
Burns Road Recreation Campus, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens: Shaded walking trails and an outdoor fitness training area attract adults to one side of the recreation center, while a sprawling playground next to the pool on the other side delights children.
Mirasol Park, 12385 Jog Road, Palm Beach Gardens: Kids have been having a blast on the new playgrounds the city installed at this park last year, which also has outdoor exercise equipment positioned to allow parents to keep an eye on their charges while working out. The playgrounds have special squishy surfacing that should eliminate the scraped knees and skinned elbows that end in tears.
The park is home to picnic pavilions, multipurpose fields and basketball courts, a baseball/softball field and a volleyball net.
PGA National Park, 1 Ryder Cup Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens: Blink and you’ll miss the entrance to this park just west of the Florida Turnpike off Northlake Boulevard, yet it’s large enough to accommodate a disc golf course, picnic pavilion, tennis and basketball courts and baseball/softball field. The playground looks super fun, and this park has one that’s accessible to children with disabilities. There’s also a putting green.
What parks would you add to this list?