If you’re looking for a family fun day trip to somewhere unique, but closeby, then Peanut Island is a must-see boating destination! But this island isn’t just known for its beautiful palm trees and gorgeous sandy beaches, it also has a pretty rich history. Discover a few of the reasons many boating enthusiasts love to take a trip to this historic destination:

An Abandoned Peanut Oil Shipping Terminal

After being built in 1918, Peanut Island was originally planned out to serve as a shipping terminal for peanut oil. Though the plan to use it as a peanut oil shipping terminal was abandoned in 1946, the name stuck!

The Kennedy Bunker

Peanut Island is home to a bunker that was built for President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The bomb shelter was built in 1971 in only seven days! Though Kennedy never had to use the bunker, he and his wife are rumored to have visited Peanut Island quite frequently. 

The Birth of Peanut Island Park

Due to the growing popularity of the island to tourists and natives alike, Palm Beach County created Peanut Island Park in 1999. The park rests on the perimeter of the park and is a popular destination for boaters, fishing enthusiasts, nature-lovers, dog-walkers and more!

This little piece of paradise is full of rich and quirky history! So, grab the family, pack the cooler, and head over to Peanut Island for a day of beauty, excitement and more – you never know, you might just learn something new!