Wellington is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2013, the village had a population of 60,202 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the most populous village in the state. Wellington is part of the South Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Wellington was named Money Magazine's "Top 100" Best Places to Live in 2010.
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Location of Wellington in Palm Beach County, Florida
Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres (73 km2) of swampland in the 1950s in central Palm Beach County that eventually would be called the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972. For many years it functioned as a bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December 1995. Wellington has become an international center for equestrian sports. Far from its roots as a swampy backwater as compared to its glamorous neighbor Palm Beach twenty minutes to the east, Wellington today quietly draws a wealthy cross-section of international society, celebrity, and business personalities who consider it a required destination for their equestrian pursuits.
The Village of Wellington has the following parks:
The Village of Wellington is known for its equestrian community and hosting equestrian and polo events. It is host to both the Winter Equestrian Festival and more than forty weeks of equestrian competitions per year. A new expansion includes the Global Dressage Festival. International competitors attend the equestrian events and social event held in the community.
Wellington holds the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to March (3 months), is considered the top International Equestrian destination for the diverse equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and polo. Each year hosts 26-goal polo matches including the USPA Piaget Gold Cup and the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open at the Palm Beach International Polo Club. The International Polo Club was an idea that created by players for players, and it was born out of the dream to build a facility to showcase the incredible skills of the ponies and players that dominate the sport. The arenas of play include three state-of-the-art playing fields and a stick and ball field. Brunches, charities, corporate events and more are hosted at the International Polo Club in Wellington.
Wellington has a large renovated public library, multiple recreation centers, a number of public parks and ball fields, and hosts seasonal events such as the annual Top Gun model aircraft show and holiday parades. The Wellington Amphitheater regularly hosts musical and film events in their outdoor venue. There are a number of entertainment and cultural venues – such as the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Norton Museum of Art – in nearby West Palm Beach.
Wellington has two regional mall The Mall at Wellington Green, and the Old Wellington Mall along with a many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways.
Beach activities are around a half hour's drive time, due east, to the Palm Beaches. For variety, from Wellington one can access Fort Lauderdale less than one hour away or travel to South Beach approximately a one and half hour's drive.
Wellington is located at United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81 km2), of which 31.0 square miles (80 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it is water (0.99%). (26.655135, −80.254136). According to the
The School District of Palm Beach County serves Wellington.
Public schools in Wellington and schools serving Wellington include:
Private schools include:
2013-2014 A-rated schools: