White City Park: Red Bottle-brush blooms dangle over the river
Note: this is the beginning of a new series that will highlight some of our favorite places around the area. Feel free to send us contributions of your own!
We never explored White City Park until we had a need to walk our companion animal there… and now it’s one of our favorite places to visit. From Rt 1, head West on Midway Road, and the entrance is on the left just past the bridge over the river, about 1 mile from Rt. 1.
Be prepared for some bumpy dirt roads, unless you are lucky enough to visit after they’ve been graded, which happens every couple of months or so. It’s worth it to make the trip, though…
A central pond hosts an array of colorful lily pads, ducks, turtles, cranes, cormorants and more. The St. Lucie River meanders around the edge of the park, and there are many areas perfect for fishing all around the park. There is also a free public boat ramp there and parking for vehicles with trailers.
Throughout the park you’ll see signs regarding the Manatees and Gators… I have not personally sighted a Manatee there, yet, but we have seen many Alligators, and one in particular who has apparently lived there for years is the largest Gator I’ve ever seen alive in the wild!Stitch resting at White City Park
Stitch, our companion animal, loves chasing the multitude of squirrels there. We often hear and watch a pair of woodpeckers who seem to nest there for part of the year, as well.
Pavilions with picnic tables and grills round out the offerings at White City Park, and on many weekends you can see & hear parties going on, sometimes with live bands, kiddie attractions and dancing! The pavilions can be reserved for a fee on weekends, with more info available at the St. Lucie County Parks website – call the General Info number on that page.
Here are more shots of the park – click on any of them to view full-size.White City Park: Sometimes the Lilypads are like a carpet on the pond Several Varieties of Cranes can be seen here Squirrels! One of many good fishing spots Pink Bouganvilia in bloom Pavilions can be reserved for parties Ducks like it here, too. Cranes and Cormorants flourish here! “Beware of Alligator” sign isn’t just for show!