Just north of Lake Okeechobee, the fun city of Okeechobee is near the banks of Florida’s “inland sea.” The city offers visitors good, old-fashioned, relaxing Florida vacations with great attractions and events happening all throughout Okeechobee County. The town has great access to Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, a popular hiking and walking path, as well as to the lake and all of its amenities and activities like boating, fishing, bicycling and birding. Nearby cities include Orlando and Vero Beach, both less than half of a day’s drive away. Book an RV in Okeechobee and dive into the lush, watery region of southeastern Florida.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
If you like watersports, you are going to love this part of Florida. Most people think of the ocean beaches or gulf waters of Florida, but did you know that there’s an “inland sea” right in the heart of the state? The wondrous body of water of Lake Okeechobee is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the United States, and contained by the Herbert Hoover Dike, built in 1928. Waterways on either side connect the lake to other parts of the state, creating a 152-mile boating passageway right in the middle of the state. You can hike, access the scenic trail where you can spend a night camping on the Kissimmee River, or catch a pontoon or airboat ride from the marina.
Animal lovers enjoy a local favorite spot at Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Near the famed Kissimmee Prairie, another worthwhile stop with the Okeechobee RV rental, the rehabilitation center takes care of native Florida wildlife and features nature trails, birding paths, and opportunities to take in the feel and spirit of this part of Florida.
State parks in the area are abundant, and a wonderful spot to spend a day is at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. This 54,000-acre park protects the largest remaining section of Florida dry prairie, and is the home to many endangered animals and plants. Enjoy sweeping vistas of the grasslands that will remind many visitors of the great plains of the Midwest. There are wonderful birding opportunities here, as well as horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling trails. Ranger-led tours from November through March allow tourists to visit the more remote areas of the preserve. Low light pollution also makes this a great place to see gorgeous night skies, and there are full-facility campgrounds on the grounds, too, perfect for your Okeechobee rental motorhome.
Not too far from Okeechobee, and a short drive in your Okeechobee rental RV, is the Taylor Creek/Nubbins Slough Conservation area. This is a great place for a day visit, with picnic areas, clean and well-maintained paths for hiking or bike riding, and lots of wildlife in beautifully maintained and preserved wetlands. Birding is also very popular here, with great trails and walkways.
A tiny hamlet of just 5,000 residents, Okeechobee has a small-town feel, but is close to attractions in bigger towns like Orlando, with its theme parks and family attractions, as well as a few hour’s drive from either of the coasts.
Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park is the site of one of Florida’s most significant battles during the second Seminole War. Fought on Christmas Day in 1837, this battle involved more than 1,000 U.S. military and volunteer soldiers, fighting against hundreds of Seminole and Miccosukee warriors. This full-scale attack is a testimony to the troubling period in our history when millions of Native Americans were removed from their homelands.
Okeechobee Memorial Park is a great place for kids to come and get close up to a military helicopter and other fighting equipment. This park is a tribute to our veterans, and all who visit find that it’s a wonderful tribute to those who have served our country.
The center for all festivals, including the famous Speckled Perch Festival, is Flagler Park. Surrounded by lots of shops and restaurants, this family-friendly area has something for everyone including local boutiques, and great eateries. Almost every weekend of the year, there’s something going on in Flagler Park, so check local calendars and listings to find out what you can do while you’re in town.
Where to Park It
Florida is a mecca for RVers, so you should have an easy time finding a place to park your Okeechobee rental camper. The various regional, state and other natural areas will allow you to experience the beauty of this area. As you can imagine, there are also wonderful RV resorts; some attached to golf courses, lakefronts, and even the theme parks in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. With all the comforts of home, including cable TV, WiFi, swimming pools, games for the entire family, and clean laundry facilities, you can really just relax and enjoy all that this area has to offer. Walmarts are located throughout central Florida, and there is a Supercenter on Parrott Avenue, right in Okeechobee, itself, offering prime spots to park the Okeechobee motorhome rental for the night.
Okeechobee is the home to comfort foods, from Southern specialties to burritos, pizza joints, and steakhouses to, of course, seafood. You’ll find fast food and casual restaurants, and more offerings are located in the larger cities like Orlando and West Palm Beach, just an hour or so from Okeechobee. For a fun outing, check out the sprawling Trading Post Flea Market, which also features fresh local produce, along with antiques, handcrafted items and artwork, and pretty much anything else you can think of buying. The Trading Post is open Saturdays and Sundays, all year round, with indoor and outdoor areas, so weather is never a problem.
For food truck fun, check out the calendar for these great street eats at Flagler Park. You’ll find a wide variety of gourmet, and traditional offerings, from Mexican classics to Asian, BBQ and American food.
Your central Florida dream vacation starts today, so stop planning and book an RV rental in Okeechobee now.