Head to Cloud Lake, Florida, for centrally located freshwater fun in one of Palm Beach County’s tiniest towns.
In Cloud Lake, life is quiet, weekends start early, and activities revolve around the water. You’d never know this cozy hamlet of less than 150 full-time residents is mere minutes from busy Palm Beach International Airport, which welcomes 6 million passengers each year.
Drive Cloud Lake’s palm-tree-lined streets for a sleepy tour of a mostly residential town sized 0.1 square miles. Then slip into calm, bright-blue waters of Stub Canal Park in nearby West Palm Beach for freshwater fishing plus self-propelled water activities like canoeing and kayaking. A public boat ramp is accessible at the park from dawn to dusk.
Walk on the wild side with hundreds of furry and feathered creatures — from cougars and bears to Chilean flamingos and even critically endangered white alligators — who call Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society home. This Palm Beach County zoological experience is a quick drive from Cloud Lake by car.
Also close by is West Palm Beach’s Cox Science Center and Aquarium. Here you can zip through Milky Way Galaxy in a star-strewn planetarium show or see Florida’s fantastic native fish like queen angels, stingrays, and moray eels. See the aquarium’s 10,000-gallon underwater display showcasing habitats like the Everglades and Coral Reefs. Alligator petting — yes, that’s a real thing — happens Friday through Sunday.
Incorporated as an official town in 1949, Cloud Lake is said to be named for Chief Yaholoochee (known as “Cloud”) of the Seminole people, who are indigenous to the area. Florida is home to two federally recognized Seminole tribes: the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Another Seminole tribe resides in Oklahoma.
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