Wellington is one of the most successfully crafted communities in Palm Beach County. It is a premier South Florida town known for its abundant parks, quality schools, attractive neighborhoods and equestrian interests. 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, located in nearby West Palm Beach. Wellington has two regional malls, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Old Wellington Mall, along with many other nationally known retailers located in outdoor shopping venues along the major commercial highways. Beach activities are about a half hour's drive, due east, to the Palm Beaches. For variety, from Wellington one can access Fort Lauderdale in less than one hour or travel to South Beach in approximately one and a half. The Village of Wellington is known for its equestrian community and for 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 events held in the community.
Wellington holds the largest and longest running horse show in the world from January to March, and 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. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres of swampland in the 1950’s in central Palm Beach County, which 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 and other pursuits. Wellington has recently applied to become a certified Florida Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition. The certification recognizes Wellington for its outstanding environmental stewardship. Explore Wellington's Florida Green Local Government Certification renovation. Whether you are a resident, business owner or a concerned citizen, you will appreciate the proactive steps Wellington is taking to protect and conserve the community. Efforts such as these ensure that Wellington government serves as a true model for prosperity.