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Wellington

For the horse lover, Wellington is a little slice of heaven. The Village of Wellington has 57 miles of equestrian trails that also can be used for walking, running, biking and inline skating. The nearby Palm Beach Polo and Country Club hosts prominent polo matches attracting thousands of spectators, including celebrities and royalty. The Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame is just east of Wellington, and equestrian events, such as the International Horse Show in the fall and the Winter Equestrian Festival, also attract national and international attention.

There are tack shops, veterinarians, and other businesses to support this lifestyle, and there is an equestrian preserve in the southern part of Wellington, and many horse communities include sophisticated equestrian facilities.

Wellington, about 12 miles west of West Palm Beach, was carved from what was once the world’s largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch, in the 1970s. The meandering roads set it apart from the grid-type system in most of South Florida. It began mainly as a bedroom community for the coast but has developed a variety of housing. Aside from horse communities, there are golf developments and even the Aero Club, which features a 4,000-foot private runway. Many homes have private hangars.