Okeechobee County is a county located in the Florida Heartland region of the state of Florida. This is a great county for outdoor enthusiast. Here are some amazing outdoor adventures you can do while visiting.
Okeechobee Airboat Rides and Guide Service
Airboats are flat-bottomed and equipped with aircraft-type propellers and automotive or plane engines. They’re a fantastic way to explore the shallow Lake Okeechobee, with the grass-filled trails and thickets surrounding the lake. Airboats work best in marshy or shallow waterways. Standard inboard or outboard boat engines with submerged propellers don’t work well in these areas. Fun fact Alexander Graham Bell originally invented airboats in 1905. They are unique to the Florida Everglades and other parts of the world with shallow waterways. A faced-paced way to see wildlife and the surrounding beauty of the land.
Get on an airboat: okeechobeeairboatrides.com
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
A state park dominated by the great blue sky. Part of the Everglades headwaters, the preserve protects the largest remaining tract of Florida dry prairie, an ecosystem shaped by cycles of flooding and fire. Many rare, threatened and endangered species inhabit this place, and the wide-open landscape means that birdwatchers and photographers have ample opportunity to catch sight of a grasshopper sparrow, crested caracara or burrowing owl. Internationally recognized for its lack of light pollution, the night sky above the prairie is inky black — campers can spot the Milky Way without using telescopes or binoculars.
Learn more at: floridastateparks.org
Lake Okeechobee—the “Big O” as the locals call it—is also known as the “Black Bass Capital of the World.” The main species caught in the Big O are Largemouth Bass (part of the Black Bass family), Bluegill, Crappie, and (less common) Pickerel. There are three boat ramp sites on the lake in Okeechobee County, eighteen in total surrounding the lake. The Okeechobee County sites are C. Scott Driver Recreation Area, Henry Creek Recreation Area, and Jaycee Park. Bring your boat or one could also hire a fishing guide to take the family fishing. Fun fact: Lake Okeechobee, also known as Florida’s Inland Sea, is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida.
Do you love to hunt? Hunt with Florida’s world-famous wild hog and alligator hunting guide service. Spend a day or more hunting with an experienced guide. Hunting grounds are in the middle of the Seminole Indian Reservation. The 2,000 acres of prime habitat in the middle of 36,000 acres it is loaded with a self-sustained herd of wildlife.
Get outfitted: guided-hunting.com
Okeechobee County Museums
The Okeechobee Historical Society Museum and Schoolhouse includes the old schoolhouse which was built in 1907. It is full of artifacts and antiques used by early settlers and native American Indian tribes that were local to the area.
Location: 1850 U.S. Highway 98 in Okeechobee
The Philippine American Cultural Foundation of Florida is a non-profit organization with plenty of influence. There is an art gallery, exciting cultural events, and exhibits about the Philippine-American experience.
Location: 5154 SW 16th Avenue in Okeechobee
Veteran’s Memorial Park honors the men and women who fought in our nation’s armed services. There are memorial walls for veterans who served during World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The park also features installations of military ordnance from past conflicts.
Located at NW park street in Okeechobee