City of Okeechobee, Florida

Okeechobee is the city named after Florida’s largest lake (which is named for the Hitchiti words for “big lake”). It is located on the north side of the lake. Okeechobee is an excellent place for watersports and fishing with a thriving business district and an ideal location between Miami and Orlando. It is also home to the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, which is one of Florida’s most popular music festivals.

The Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a part of the Everglades headwaters located near Central Florida.  It makes up one of the largest remaining tracts of Florida dry prairie, a unique Florida ecosystem home to many endangered and endemic species. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the many species that call the prairie home, the wide and open landscape provides bird-watchers, photographers, and other wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to spot them. Another prominent and unique feature of the park is its lack of light pollution, allowing campers and stargazers to see the bands of the Milky Way without any binoculars or special cameras. Other experiences and amenities offered by the park include bicycling, camping, horseback riding  trails, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife tours.

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

The Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park boasts quite a history. A battle occurred on site of this state park during the second Seminole War. Now, visitors come to look at the historic property, watch wildlife, and eat at the picnic pavilion.

A war reanactment taking place at the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park