Mangonia Park, Florida, is 1 square mile of small-town living with ties to Florida fruit farming.
Large mango farms once dominated this now urban Florida area at the turn of the 20th Century. Now, it’s a vital community of more than 2,000 year-round residents near Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach.
Head to the 540-acre inland Lake Mangonia, just south of town, for boating and angling opportunities. Catch largemouth bass, butterfly peacock bass and channel catfish from this scenic fishing spot. Launch your water vessel from the public Lake Mangonia Park/Boat Ramp.
See groups of wild manatees gather at Manatee Lagoon, just minutes away in West Palm Beach. These gentle beasts bask in the warm water generated by the Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Educational offerings, yoga and an observation deck round out the Lagoon’s family-friendly offerings. The best time to see manatees is mid-November through the end of March.
At Grassy Waters Preserve, visitors will experience classic Florida wetlands peppered with towering tree islands, tall grasses and blooming lily pads. Come for hiking trails, hands-on education and access to pristine Everglades habitat just 20 minutes west of Mangonia Park. The protected area bustles with spectacular wildlife like great blue herons, bobcats, alligators and the rare Everglade snail kite. Grassy Waters also happens to be West Palm Beach’s freshwater supply.
Back in Mangonia Park, dine on “Floribbean” barbecue at McCray’s Backyard Bar-B-Q & Seafood. Building off a family-barbecuing tradition that reaches back nearly a century, McCray’s serves slow-grilled ribs, pulled park, rib sandwiches, conch-fritter dinner and more.
Once part of unincorporated West Palm Beach, Mangonia Park got its start in the late 1800s as a homestead where mangos and pineapples grew. The town was officially established in 1947.
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