Just northeast of the Florida Everglades lies the diverse Village of Wellington, a primer community known for its’ beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools, unique shops, upscale restaurants, and lavish parks. The community houses approximately 60,000 residents, 24 neighborhood parks, and 10 community parks and memorials, within 45.25 square miles. Its’ mission is to provide high-quality services that create economic, environmental and social sustainability for residents.
The land was purchased by Charles Oliver Wellington in 1951, who originally transformed it from waterlogged land to fertile farmland. Wellington Florida was once the world’s largest strawberry patch and is now known as the winter Equestrian Capital of the World. It is home to the annual Winter Equestrian Festival as well as the International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Golfing is also popular in Wellington, which is home to the Wellington Golf & Country Club and Tradition Golf Club.
Located in Wellington FL is the Blue Forest Preserve, an undeveloped tract of land approximately ninety-two acres in size which contains wetlands and several old-growth cypress trees, some more than 300 years old. In 1971, the forest was named by Arthur W. “Bink” Glisson for the blue haze that rises from the treetops of the mammoth cypress trees. Indian mounds and artifacts have uncovered that the preserve was once a rest stop for Indians traveling south from Jupiter Inlet by canoe before heading to the Everglades. With is rich history and bustling event schedule, the Village of Wellington is a must stop on any Florida road-trip.