For the eco-adventurer, Lake O has much to discover. A bicycle ride around the Lake combines serenity with eco-exploration. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail allows you to get "LOST" along 110 miles of hiking trail that encircles the lake. Of course that doesn't mean you actually get lost, but this scenic trail allows you to hike and even bike along the top of the Herbert Hoover Dike, affording you a glimpse into the pristine wildlife of the area and a chance to see alligators, birds and endangered species in their natural habitat.
You will find some of nature's most beautiful wild animals in this area and an afternoon at nearby Lion Country Safari will open new horizons as other types of wild animals roam in the nation's original cageless zoo. Florida's only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park is a highly interactive park, bringing out the fun for the whole family with feeding stations for giraffes and other animals, along with splash water activities, panning for gems and so much more.
This district provides more than outdoor adventure - the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, a center of excellence for student and professional artists. As part of Palm Beach State College, this small performing arts center with first-class facilities offers professional touring productions November - May, including drama, dance, music and theater. The Center offers shows for the family as part of its Family Fun Series. Opportunities for youth to perform are offered through the Center's annual productions of the Living Christmas Tree and Missoula Children's Theatre. And for those who walk on the "wild side" with retail therapy, check out the fabulous stores and exciting boutiques at the Mall at Wellington Green.
Lake Okeechobee is the second largest freshwater lake in the country and arguably the best bass fishing lake as well. Bass thrive here due to the abundance of the forage and cover offered, as all types of grasses are spread throughout, giving the bass plenty of places to hide and rest. The most popular way to fish this lake is with shiners and by flipping jigs or soft plastics around the cover. If you are coming to Florida to catch a 10 pound bass, Lake Okeechobee is one of your best bets. There are numerous bass over 10 pounds as well as tons of bass in the 2 to 5 pound range. If you are going for a trophy bass, try the biggest shiners you can buy. The most common fish in this lake are largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Pickerel are noted but have been less commonly caught. So, whether pro or weekend angler, both are sure to fill a net, boat or stringer.
So c'mon... and Catch Lake O... and catch all the fun!