The Village of Wellington has long been renowned as the winter equestrian capital of the world.
A relatively new community in the western reaches of Palm Beach County, it was once the world’s largest strawberry patch situated on the eastern boundary of the Florida Everglades. Today, The Village of Wellington offers tremendous residential diversity, from apartments to estate homes at the Polo Club; from town homes to the Aero Cub where the residents have airplane hangars attached to their homes. The Village of Wellington includes some of the world’s premier equestrian facilities, horse farms, agriculture and nurseries. Wellington boasts 29 neighborhood parks, a brand-new world-class shopping mall at Wellington Green, and a plethora of dining and shopping options. It is the southern home of world-class polo and the International Polo Club Palm Beach, and the Winter Equestrian Festival, the world’s biggest horse show.
Living in Wellington
Nestled up against the Florida Everglades’ eastern border, Wellington is famous for its equestrian-friendly lifestyle. This charming residential community is home to the International Polo Club Palm Beach and Winter Equestrian Festival. It includes some of the world’s premier horse farms, nurseries and riding schools. Local scenery includes verdant rolling farms yet Wellington also offers world-class dining and shopping outlets. It’s close to the rest of Palm Beach County’s cultural attractions and beaches. The Florida Turnpike borders Wellington to the east and a further 20-minute drive will take you to I-95.
Approximately 6,000 visitors access Wellington’s recreation and leisure facilities every weekend. Wellington parks include Village Park and Tiger Shark Cove, which offer inventive playground equipment, spacious pavilions with grills, and picnic tables.
Wellington real estate
There’s vast diversity in Wellington real estate. Estate homes, like those at the Polo Club, modern apartments, and townhomes populate the village. At the Aero Club, many residents live in properties with their own airplane hangars. This residential airpark community offers on-site aviation gas, billiards tables, a social hall and a community clubhouse.
Homes for sale in Wellington also include equestrian properties. White Fences, Grand Prix Farms, and Mallet Hill are popular residential communities, where you can find luxurious estates and horse farms for sale. High-end properties and condos are also available at Palm Beach Point and the International Polo Club. These lavish Wellington homes include fine details such as marble floors, glass elevators and soaking tubs.
When Harvard-educated businessman Charles Oliver Wellington purchased 18,000 acres of land in the 1950s, he named the new property the Flying Cow Ranch. A keen aviator, Wellington used Flying Cow Road as a landing strip for his planes. Wellington’s agent, Arthur Glisson, managed the property, eventually purchasing and reselling parcels of this land to Florida farmers in the 1960s. During this time, the settlement featured the world’s largest strawberry patch, which covered 2,000 acres with brightly hued berries.
The Acme Drainage District, created by the State of Florida, managed the Flying Cow’s infrastructure over the years to enable farming. Developers like the Investment Corporation of Florida and Alcoa Florida, Inc. built up many of Wellington’s most notable features in the 1970s. These included a new golf course, the Wellington Club, Lake Wellington and the town’s first residential neighborhoods. By 1995, the former Acme Improvement District and Flying Cow Ranch incorporated as the new Village of Wellington.
Wellington’s eclectic dining scene ranges from light bites on breezy café patios to gourmet white-linen experiences. The Seahorse Fashion Cuisine restaurant offers a sophisticated atmosphere to engage all the senses. Textured walls, blue-lit aquariums and artfully presented cuisine make this a memorable dining experience. The Seahorse’s menu showcases local seafood in inventive dishes like Peruvian corvina ceviche and grilled scallops with a green plantain puree. Suri West is another fashion-forward restaurant. It combines the tapas concept of small plates with the farm-to-table trend for diminutive dishes that burst with seasonal flavor. Whether it’s sushi-grade tuna stacked with guacamole and lump crab meat or an elegant baby beet salad, there’s plenty of choice to suit all tastes.
East meets West at Kontiki Wine & Raw Bar, where the menu blends international influences using the freshest ingredients available. Firecracker shrimp and Chicken Curry tulip-shaped pastries create a tasty new fusion experience. For certified Black Angus steaks, handmade pasta dishes, and just-caught seafood, Bimini Twist is a local favorite. Tiki torches and swaying palm trees beckon you into this surf-and-turf restaurant, which has been serving South Florida residents since 2002.
The Mall at Wellington Green draws shoppers from all over Palm Beach County. With Mediterranean-style architecture, a children’s play area and valet parking, this airy, modern center is a top destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment. There are over 180 specialty shops as well as major department stores like JC Penney, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Southshore Plaza and the Old Wellington Mall are also on hand for a day of browsing. Anchored by a Publix supermarket, the Courtyard Shops of Wellington also features a pool supply store, bank branches and several dining outlets.
A globally famous equestrian destination, Wellington is home to the world’s largest horse show. Thousands of accomplished equestrians descend on the village each year for the Winter Equestrian Festival. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center includes a stadium built on nearly 60 acres. This manicured derby field features natural obstacles and sits next to the Global Dressage Festival show grounds. Dressage events, horse exhibitions, grand prix events, equestrian clinics, and jumper derbies are just a few of the many events taking place here every winter. The Palm Beach Riding Academy offers classes to novices and skilled equestrians alike.
In addition to the excitement provided by the Equestrian Festival, the Village of Wellington also puts on an exciting calendar of village events for residents. Easter egg hunts, murder mystery dinners, and father daughter dances are just a few examples of community events. The Wellington Amphitheater hosts free concerts, plays, movie nights, and school functions. Covering 3,200 square feet, this entertainment facility accommodates crowds of up to 1,500. It’s where the Food Truck Invasion takes place, offering residents a tempting selection of street food from doughnuts to barbecue.
Horsey Set or Beach Bum?
"With acres of Equestrian opportunities as well as the Polo Grounds for entertainment, the horsey set will be in heaven and a mire 25 minutes to the ocean for the Beach Bum in you, It's up to you! Housing styles range from farms to gated communities!"
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