Attractions in Palm City, Florida

Attractions in Palm City, Florida
Just north of Palm Beach, Florida, the town of Palm City borders the St. Lucie River and the Atlantic coast. There are more than 20 golf courses in Palm City and the immediate area, several designed by pro golfer. Golfing is not the only recreational opportunity. Public and private facilities offer ocean swimming, skateboarding, fishing, hunting and nature hikes.

Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area

Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area is a 20,945 acre preserve that's open to the public year-round. Recreational activities include primitive camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. A 5-mile trail system for hikers and bikers leads to an open marshy area that's a habitat for wading birds. There are three parking areas for horse trailers, a trail ride and 150 acre riding area. From September to March there are hunting seasons for muzzle loaders, family hunters and spring turkeys.

Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area
CR 714 (Martin Highway)
Palm City FL 34990
myfwc.com/Recreation/WMASites_Allapattah_index.htm
(772) 597-3474

St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

St. Lucie is a barrier island accessible only by boat. In the summertime, the island is a nesting area for leatherback, green and loggerhead turtles that dig holes on the beach for their eggs at night. A boardwalk meanders through forests of mangroves, live oaks, wild limes and paradise trees to an Atlantic beach. St. Lucie has facilities for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking at a pavilion on the beach. The park is also a destination for surf fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
4810 SE. Cove Road
Stuart, FL 34997
floridastateparks.org/stlucieinlet/
(772) 219-1880

Hammock Creek Golf Club

Hammock Creek is the first course in Florida designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack Nicklaus, Jr. The course plays 7,119 yards for a par of 72. There are water hazards on 10 of the holes and several holes run through old-growth forest and wetlands. Hammock Creek hosts events on the Golden Bear Tour. Golf carts feature a computerized display that uses GPS to show yardage and the layout of the course. A golf shop, restaurant, bar and grill are on-site.

Hammock Creek Golf Club
2400 SW Golden Bear Way
Palm City, FL 34990-7918
(888) 841-5225
hammockcreekgolfclub.com

House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar

The House of Refuge, built in 1876, is the oldest surviving building in Martin County and the last remaining shipwreck lifesaving station in the U.S. It served as a haven for travelers and shipwrecked sailors along the mostly uninhabited coast. The museum is run by the Historical Society of Martin County and offers a glimpse into the way life was lived along the shore in 1904. The wreckage of the Georges Valentine, 100 yards off the shoreline, is a favorite dive site.

House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar
301 SE MacArthur Boulevard
Stuart, FL 34996
(772) 225-1875
elliottmuseumfl.org

Jock Leighton Park

In addition to soccer, lacrosse and football fields, Jock Leighton Park offers a full skate park for skateboarders that includes a half-pipe. Helmets and pads are required. As of November 2009, residents pay a $10 annual fee and non-residents pay a $20 fee.

Jock Leighton Park
3755 SW Mapp Road
Palm City, FL 34990
(772) 286-8121
insideflorida.com/detail/jock-leighton-park/

Article Written By Meg Jernigan

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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