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Okeechobee County is in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Port St. Lucie metropolitan area. The county has a humid subtropical climate, but it is at the warmest extreme of humid subtropical climates. The summers are very hot, and the winters are very mild. The average temperature in January is just barely low enough that the county is not classified as a rainforest or tropical monsoon climate.
From Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee campers can drive to Port St. Lucie in about an hour. West Palm Beach is under two hours away, and Sarasota is about two hours. The closest big city, Tampa, is a little over two hours to the northwest. Outdoor enthusiasts who book an RV in Okeechobee County can reach the Atlantic coast in about an hour.
This state park would make an excellent home base for your outdoor adventure.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is known for the wide expanse of dry prairie that the park seeks to preserve. The prairie is the largest remaining tract of dry prairie in the state of Florida. Many endangered or threatened species live in the prairie, and as prairies disappear in Florida, they become even more threatened. Don't forget to pack the binoculars. Birdwatchers often book an RV rental in south Florida just to see the rare species of birds in the grasslands. Some of the species include the crested caracara, the burrowing owl, and the grasshopper sparrow.
In addition to watching birds, photographers and astronomers can visit the park to marvel at the night sky. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is widely known for having very low levels of light pollution. That makes the night sky very visible from the park. The Milky Way galaxy is even visible without binoculars or a telescope.
Additionally, the park offers space for horseback riding, as well as amenities for keeping a horse. Cyclists can ride bicycles through several miles of trails in the park. Hiking, walking, and running is also welcomed at the park. The dry prairie offers a great landscape for outdoor exercise.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park offers 35 campsites. The sites provide water and electricity as well as a restroom. The restroom features showers and a laundry room. Okeechobee campers can find a water-filling station and a dump station centrally located to the campsites.
Hiking trails and nature trails have trailheads near the campsites, so visitors can easily adventure from their campsites. The campsites accommodate big rigs up to 65 feet in length.
Outdoor adventurers who rent an RV in Okeechobee and want to bring their horse can camp at one of the equestrian camping sites. The equestrian sites have 50-amp electric hookups and water hookups. They also have composting toilets and a bathhouse.
Primitive campsites offer no amenities beyond a fire ring and a picnic table. Backpackers must backpack in everything they need and backpack it out when they leave.
Military Sea Services Museum in Sebring, FL, details the history of the Marines, Coast Guard, and Navy. The history relates directly to Florida and to the Gulf Coast, but also to the United States as a whole. The museum features artifacts and exhibits about the different battles fought on land and at sea by these various branches of the military throughout history. This would make a great day trip showcasing the history to the kiddos.
American Clown Museum and School in Lake Placid is, as the name indicates, a museum devoted to the history of clown work. The staff walks visitors through the history of clowns, different types of clowns, different clowning techniques, and even does some instructing. The museum also houses a functioning clown school where students undergo the learning needed to become professional circus performers. Circus enthusiasts might rent an RV in Lake Placid to visit this museum near Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.
Sebastian Area Historical Museum in Sebastian, FL offers photos and artifacts detailing the rich history of the Lake Okeechobee area. The museum details the lives of the original Native American inhabitants, the European settlers, the US transplants from the North, and many other groups who have called the area home.
Okeechobee features affordable local restaurants as well as the recognizable national fast-food chains. Seafood is obviously a focus of many restaurants in the area, due to its proximity to two coasts and several freshwater lakes. RV enthusiasts can find gasoline and rest stops along the highways near the park and along beachfront Interstate 95.
Hop aboard your Rental RV and set out for an amazing adventure in the great state of Florida.