I'll admit, I was pretty surprised when I visited Royal Palm Beach Commons in Royal Palm Beach. I was honestly expecting some thing much smaller, along the lines of Veterans Park, which is nice, but Royal Palm Beach Commons is on a totally different level. Royal Palm Beach Commons, also known as Village Commons Park, sits just south of Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd., and has a lot more amenities. First off, they managed to keep a bunch of huge trees, and they planted more to go along with them. There are pretty bodies of water, bridges, and a few neat playgrounds. The park has lots of small picnic shelters, as well as a grand covered picnic area aside the Banquet Garden. There's also a sporting center, volleyball courts, a kayak launch, a jogging trail, and even a dog park. A wedding pavilion sits along the 10-acre "Great Lawn", which also hosts many special event, including a trendy food truck "invasion". I'm not 100% certain on this, but I think there's also a restaurant here in the (very large) main building, any maybe a snack counter elsewhere in the park.
Royal Palm Beach Commons just opened in fall of 2013. I stopped by on kind of a whim just to check it out, and with low expectations. I was pretty impressed with everything offered here, and I'm looking forward to heading back with my bike and exploring more thoroughly! (Royal Palm Beach Commons continued)