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If you are looking for a quiet place to hike, away from development and busy streets, Pine Glades Natural Area has 6,651 acres of restored wetlands open residents of Palm Beach County. Located just west of Jupiter Farms and a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens and The Town of Jupiter, the park has nearly eight miles of hiking trails, a kayak launch, a covered picnic area, a wheelchair accessible restroom, and several boardwalks surrounded by the sounds and sights of natural Florida.

Pine Glades Natural Area is part of the Loxahatchee River watershed and the Northeast Everglades Natural Area. The site had been previously used for now-defunct agricultural purposes and was acquired a piece by piece over the course of 11 years. It faced extensive

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With more than 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline it should come as no surprise that Florida is famous for its fishing. Here are some of the most impressive sport fish you can catch in the Sunshine state.

Sailfish

Florida’s official state saltwater fish, this tackle buster inhabits tropical and subtropical waters. Sailfish usually travel alone or in small groups. The outstanding feature is the long, high first dorsal fin. Known for its high, acrobatic jumps, the sailfish is a favorite of blue-water anglers.

Spotted Sea Trout

Commonly known as speckled trout, it's a schooling species usually found in the shallow waters of bays and estuaries. It has two large canine teeth in the upper jaw and feeds mainly

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Are you and your dog in the mood to hit the beach? Well, if you’re in Jupiter, you’re in luck, the town is home to some of the best dog-friendly beaches on the East Coast.

Jupiter’s dog-friendly beach areas run along 2.5 mile stretch of beach from beach marker #25 at Marcinski Road going north to beach marker #59 on the south end of Carlin Park. You are welcome to bring your dog and let him or her play off the leash.

Because Jupiter is of the few places where you are allowed to bring your dog to the beach, and because that’s a privileged resident don’t want to lose, the Friends of Jupiter organization has put together the following common-sense rules to keep all beach-goers, both dog and human, happy.  

Dog Beach Rules

  • Only behaved,

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Florida, particularly South Florida, is famous for its wildlife. For those of you who love the water, here are a couple wildlife centers that you might want to visit.  

Manatee Lagoon

Manatee Lagoon is Florida Power & Light’s new eco-discovery center. This is your chance to see the manatees up close where they bask in the warm-water outflows from the power plant. The center includes exhibits, a boardwalk, picnic area, pavilion, cafe and gift shop. Even better, admission is free! 600 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach. 561-626-2833 For a sneak preview, check out the Manatee Cam on their website VisitManateeLagoon.com

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

You’ll fall in love with sea turtles! Loggerhead Marinelife Center promotes sea turtle education,

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This Thursday and Friday night you and your family can come out to the Hobe Sound Nature Center and watch as turtles lay their eggs on local beaches.

The females Loggerhead Sea Turtles will crawl out of the ocean and will carefully choose a spot to nest. She constructs a "body pit" by digging with her flippers and using her body. She will then lay her eggs; the average clutch sizes ranges from about 80 to 120 eggs. Once she is finished nesting, she will cover the eggs and return to the ocean.

This is a great event for Palm Beachers looking to experience first-hand one of the area’s signature creatures. It’s also perfect for kids looking to learn about local wildlife.

What to Expect

8:00 pm – Meet at the Nature Center to sign in. Exhibit

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Hog Hammock Trail is one of West Palm Beach's newest trails, it is composed of crushed concrete and has lots of intermittent boardwalks. The area is a combination of restored and natural wetland communities including cabbage palm hammocks, mesic pine flatwoods, forested wetlands and cypress domes. Restrooms and water is available in the parking lot. The trail is perfect for a leisurely hike, especially as Summer is arriving and the kids are at home and looking for something to do.

After walking or jogging the Hammock Trail you may want to head over to the Cypress Boardwalk which is about one mile away. Cypress is a mile-long boardwalk extending through marsh and cypress swamp. The boardwalk has lots of opportunities for viewing Florida’s flora and

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Discover the food, tools, and shelters used by our area's original Native American tribes this Saturday, May 18, on a guided hike along the Cypress Boardwalk Trail. This is a great little hike for families in the Palm Beaches, it even culminates in the kids creating their very own Native American craft to take home!

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When: Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Check-in 1:45 p.m. at Nature Center

Where: Grassy Waters Preserve - 8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33412

Ages: 4 and over (with participating adult)

Cost: Free, but space is limited. Please call to reserve a spot. Reservations required, space is limited.  Please call the Nature Center to reserve a spot. 561.804.4985

The

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The Juno Dunes Natural Area is a 569-acre preserve features miles of trails for biking and hiking, oceanfront tract facilities for easy beach access, boat slips on the Intracoastal Waterway, picnic tables, restrooms and a kiosk with informational brochures and maps.

Juno Dunes

The Juno Dunes Natural Area is a perfect place to experience the diversity of South Florida’s ecosystem in a single location. You and your family can take a leisurely stroll, relaxing bike ride or a fast-paced hike through any of the pristine natural trails.

This natural preserve is home to 12 unique, native ecosystems: beach dune, coastal strand, maritime hammock, hydric hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammock, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, basin marsh,

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The Palm Beaches have a lot of great outdoor running trails for all you jogging enthusiasts. Here’s a guide to a few of our favorites.

Carlin Park

At Carlin Park, you can jog either on the mulch-lined track/obstacle course or right along the water. Either way, it’s a scenic option that’s sure to give you your share of vitamin D and fresh air along with everything else you typically get from jogging.

Riverbend Park

Riverbend is a 666-acre park split by the Loxahatchee River is a good, shaded spot to run on some more rugged trails and enjoy some tropical foliage. There are 10 miles of trails, mainly on compacted shell rock. Design your own route here. There is some nice running along the river. Riverbend to Riverwalk loop is 2.5 miles. Park

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Every month on the second Saturday. John D. MacArthur State Beach Park hosts a car show and food truck rally. If you want to check out some cool cars and enjoy great Florida weather, come out this Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.

The rally is open to all vehicles: trucks, cars and motorbikes, original, restored or modified.  There will be food trucks provided by the Food Truck Invasion, live bands, and kids craft table.  The event is free if you are entering your vehicle but park entrance is $5 per vehicle.

You can also enjoy getting out into ‘The Real Florida' at this beautiful state park.  There is a free shuttle from the car show to other areas of the park including the beach and the nature center.  We look forward to seeing you there for a great

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