Things to Do in Okeechobee County Florida

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Top Things to Do in Okeechobee County, Florida

Nestled in the heart of Florida, Okeechobee offers a unique blend of outdoor adventures, rich history, and vibrant community life. From world-class fishing to serene hikes, and exhilarating airboat rides to cultural explorations, Okeechobee County has a little of something for everyone. Here's our guide to the top things to do in Okeechobee.


Fishing Extravaganza

Okeechobee is rightly known as the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World." Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, beckons anglers from far and wide. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice, this paradise offers exceptional fishing opportunities. Cast your line and reel in trophy-sized bass while enjoying the tranquility of the lake.

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 Cliff Betts, Jr. Recreational Facility. A full list of Lake Okeechobee boat ramp sites is available on the Army Corps of Engineers website.

There are many Okeechobee County fishing outfitters online. Make a day of it with the whole family and explore this freshwater paradise in South-Central Florida.


Airboat Adventures

Embark on a thrilling airboat ride through the marshes and swamps that surround Lake Okeechobee. Glide effortlessly across the water while observing the diverse wildlife and lush vegetation. It's an exhilarating way to connect with the natural beauty of the region.

Check out the many Okeechobee County Airboating Outfitters online and book your tour today!


Stargazing at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Experience the wonder of the cosmos at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, designated as a Dark Skies location. Here, the absence of light pollution provides unparalleled opportunities for stargazing and astrophotography. Witness the brilliance of the night sky like never before.

The Kissimmee Prairie is part of the Everglades headwaters. The preserve protects the largest remaining tract of Florida's dry prairie. There are many rare, threatened, and endangered species that inhabit this preserve, and the wide-open landscape means that bird watchers and photographers have plenty of opportunities to catch sight of grasshopper sparrows, crested caracaras, or burrowing owls.


Hiking and Biking

Trails for hiking and biking abound in Okeechobee County. The three foremost attractions are Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (part of the Florida Trail), Taylor Creek Storm Water Treatment Area, Grassy Island and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.

The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail is a mostly paved walking and cycling trail atop the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The Army Corps of Engineers constructed the dike after a series of hurricanes from the 1930s to the 60s.

The paved sections are near the town of Okeechobee. Among the trail's noteworthy features are the canals and locks. These include a six-mile section from the Kissimmee River to Taylor Creek.

The town of Okeechobee is one of 11 Gateway Communities which are close to the Florida Trail. Weary hikers can take advantage of lodging, restaurants, and grocery stores for supplies. These Gateway Communities also provide opportunities for publicity and economic growth for local businesses near the Florida Trail.

Kids (young and young-at-heart) will enjoy the Florida Trail Passport Program, too. Gateway Community businesses give passport stamps and souvenirs to travelers bearing the passport. Collect all of them to remember the places you visit along the gorgeous Florida Trail!

There are many segments of the Florida Trail in or near Okeechobee County for families to explore.

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Okeechobee Rodeos

Experience the Wild West in the heart of Florida with Okeechobee's exciting rodeo events. Get ready for heart-pounding action as you witness skilled cowboys and cowgirls take on bull riding, barrel racing, and roping challenges. Okeechobee's rodeos are not just thrilling spectacles; they also provide a glimpse into the region's rich ranching heritage. Whether you're a rodeo enthusiast or a first-time spectator, the Okeechobee rodeos promise an unforgettable taste of cowboy culture and entertainment. Bring your cowboy boots and hats and join in the fun! 

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Shooting Sports

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Okeechobee boasts excellent shooting sports facilities. Test your marksmanship skills at local shooting ranges and experience the thrill of hitting your targets. It's a great activity for firearm enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Okeechobee County is home to many gun clubs. They offer skeet shooting, pistol, and rifle shooting ranges, indoor shooting ranges, and facilities for special events.

The OK Corral includes cowboy action shooting, a competitive park, and tactical bays. The club also hosts tournaments and other shooting events. Location: 9449 48th St NE in Okeechobee.

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Okeechobee County and South-Central Florida is a sportsman's paradise. It hosts many hunting preserves. Hunters with bows and firearms alike will enjoy the wide variety of big and small game in Okeechobee County.

Specific game is in season year-round, while most other animals become available beginning sometime in August through March.

There are many hunting and fishing outfitters and preserves in South-Central Florida. The variety of game you can hunt is a little overwhelming—big and small. There are many types of migratory fowl (including unusual species of duck), deer, turkey, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, and even ‘gator!

Some outfitters offer exclusive access to hunting on private property (with permission). Hunting preserves provide lodging and accommodations. They also have shooting ranges and guided hunting excursions.

Book your next hunting excursion in Okeechobee County for an unparalleled hunting experience.


Historical Exploration

Delve into Okeechobee's history at the Okeechobee County Historical Society and Schoolhouse. Discover the stories and artifacts that trace the town's development and evolution over the years. 

The Okeechobee Historical Society Museum and Schoolhouse includes the old school house 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. You'll see various exhibits and hear exciting stories of original Okeechobee residents. For more information, call 863-763-4344. Location: 1850 U.S. Highway 98 in Okeechobee.


Explore Okeechobee's Mural Art Scene

Okeechobee's rich cultural tapestry isn't limited to its natural wonders; it's also woven into the vibrant murals that adorn the town. These stunning artworks bring life and color to the community, telling stories of its history and spirit.

When it comes to discovering Okeechobee's captivating murals, look no further than Okeechobee Main Street. They are your go-to source for in-depth information about these artistic gems.


Motocross at Motobros Raceway

For adrenaline junkies, the Motobros Raceway offers an action-packed motocross experience. Feel the thrill of racing through challenging dirt tracks and jumps.


Veteran’s Memorial Park & Park Street

Visit Veterans Park, Butterfly Park, and Cattleman's Park, on Park St. each with its unique charm. Stroll along Park Street to discover local shops and eateries, where you can indulge in regional flavors and shop for unique souvenirs.

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. Location: NW Park Street in Okeechobee.


Kayaking on the Kissimmee River

Paddle through the pristine waters of the Kissimmee River and soak in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this waterway home. Contact Okeechobee Kayak Rental for more information.


Horseback Riding at Wagon Wheel Horse Farm

Unleash your inner cowboy or cowgirl with horseback riding adventures at Wagon Wheel Horse Farm. Explore the countryside and connect with these magnificent animals.

Wagon Wheel Horse Farm offers trail rides on horseback with experienced guides. This ancient mode of travel is a lovely way to experience a part of Okeechobee County. They are located at 1225 NE 42nd Terrace in Okeechobee. Their website is


Army Corp of Engineers

Everglades Adventure

Florida Backroads Travel

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Go Fishing

Florida Hikes!

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park 

Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council

OK Corral Gun Club

Orlando Sentinel

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