By Cheryl Love
I’ve lived in Wellington for seven years and it has become home. It has that small town feel and the village has so much to offer. Everyone here has their favorite places. They may be the places where they spend time on a daily basis, or the places they return to regularly that hold special memories for them.
With so much to choose from, here is my short list of the places I think everyone should experience in and around Wellington.
Wellington Amphitheatre. There’s always something fun happening at the Wellington Amphitheatre, including free concerts and movies year round. It’s very family-friendly with lots of room for the kids to run around and the acoustics are amazing. The Thursday night food truck invasion has south Florida’s favorite food trucks and live music. There are tributes for musicians such as Billy Joel and Shania Twain and even a silent dance party. You heard that right. People dance to music that only they hear…in their headphones. As fun as it might be to participate, imagine how much fun it would be to watch.
Last May, the entire Resilient Fitness team was there at the Wellness Expo. We met some fabulous people and got to lead a community Bachata class in the open air. See what’s coming up next on their calendar.
Wellington Park. Located in the center of the city of Wellington, this park is home to the Wellington Recreation Center, the Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, and the Village Park Athletics Complex. In a town with hundreds of ways to “get outdoors”, Wellington Park is one of the best. The Sanctuary is perfect for bird watching, though it will be closed for most of this year to rebuild the boardwalk.
The Village Park Athletic Complex is located right next to our gym. It is home to two hockey rinks, 20 sports fields (softball, baseball, football, soccer, multi-purpose), a skate park, a playground, two gymnasiums, and much more. In addition, there are hundreds of athletic programs for people of all ages and abilities. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to visit and see it in person. While you’re there, stop by the gym and say hello. I’d love to meet you.
The International Polo Club. Just around the corner from Resilient Fitness is the premier polo destination in the world. The International Polo Club hosts the most prestigious polo tournaments in the country. Elite polo players and their fans flock here in the winter to enjoy this amazing venue. Imagine polo players navigating their ponies at 35 MPH over the space of nine football fields and you’ll have a good idea of why it’s so popular.
On January 20, 2020 the IPCPB welcomed “Polo for a Purpose” to the stadium and Resilient Fitness was honored to be there. The event was held to benefit the the Kids Cancer Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Miami Cancer Institute, and the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (P.O.S.T). Guests were treated to a dinner of authentic Indian cuisine. In addition to the polo match there was a live auction and a Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and crafts.
The polo season runs through April 19th this year, so don’t miss the opportunity to take in a match.
Green Market at Wellington. The Green Market is a nice community area where you can get local, organic produce, fresh flowers, homemade baked goods, and crafts. It’s also a great place to stroll and relax after a long week. If you do find something you want to take home, the prices are good. The Green Market is open Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, lakeside at the Village Hall.
Kaluz Restaurant. The experience at Kaluz starts when you arrive. The design of the building is beautiful inside and out. The service is excellent. The food is on the higher-priced side but worth it because of the quality. You can order a meal that is both elegant and health-conscious. And to top it off, it’s a favorite with the locals so you may run into someone you know and have a chance to get caught up.
Chick-fil-A. Most people know about Chick-fil-A, another dining favorite of mine. They serve delicious food, their employees are professional and polite, and they support many worthwhile causes both nationally and locally. You can get your chicken grilled on a salad or in a sandwich with a multi-grain bun so you can keep your healthy life focus. If you’re visiting from the north in February, enjoy the surreal experience of ordering your favorite sandwich in shorts and flip-flops.
Life.Church Wellington. Life.Church is a different kind of church. It’s one church in many locations where the community is local and the teaching is national. Life.Church leverages the best of the internet to reach people wherever they are and welcome them in. The Wellington congregation is active locally, supporting the Kid’s Cancer Foundation and offering programs for all ages. It has a friendly, casual environment and you can come as you are. It’s an awesome place to bring your children, with a wing that provides children’s education and fun while their parents are in the service. There are six services on Sunday and one on Monday evening for people who work on the weekends. The men’s group meets at Resilient Fitness every Saturday morning. To get a feel for the people and the vibe, visit their Facebook page.