Lakeland Parks & Gardens
Named for its luscious vegetation, Green Swamp is a 870-sq mi recreation area and wildlife preserve which is easily accessible from Lakeland and Dade City. The headwaters of four significant rivers—Withlacoochee, Hillsborough, Ocklawaha and Peace—intersect in the park, which is also home to 330 species of wildlife. Some of the activities that people do here are fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoing and much more.
Saddle Creek Park offers a range of recreational facilities, including nine shelters, numerous picnic areas, a shooting range and a playground. Located beside Saddle Creek, visitors also have access to several boat ramps, canoe accesses and fishing areas, and can also enjoy camping and hiking.
Located on the northwest shore of Lake Parker, this park boasts a number of recreational facilities. On the 100-acre area are two playgrounds, a boat ramp, six soccer fields and sand volleyball courts, a nature trail, dozens of picnic pavilions, a multipurpose field and much more.
Located on the south side of Lake Mirror Park, Hollis Garden is an award-winning, 1.2 acre botanical garden that was donated to Lakeland. One the grounds of thousands of flowers, trees, vegetables, shrubs and other vegetations. A pathway leads through the gardens, passing several grottoes, waterfalls, fountains and other areas. This garden can be rented out for weddings.
Lake Mirror Park & Promenade are located in downtown Lakeland and are a historically significant aspect of Florida's City Beautiful movement. Designed between 1890 and 1930, this area has been carefully revitalized by stabilizing the walkway, restoring the lights and balustrades and adding art pieces. The park also contains Hollis Garden and the Barnett Family Park and Swan Lake.
Little Gator Creek Reserve is located on the north end of Lakeland and is home to a range of animals, including deer, turkeys and tortoises. Visitors can hike on the trails, have a picnic and enjoy spending time in one of Florida's natural areas.
Barnett Family Park is located in downtown Lakeland, adjacent to Lake Mirror Park. Inside the park is a playground with rubber to soften falls, a water play area with nozzles that spray and a picnic pavilion. Throughout the area, people can see sculptures of Floridian animals. The park is open daily, however the water area is closed on Mondays for maintenance work.
Crystal Lake Park
Located beside Crystal Lake, this park boasts a fishing pier, boat ramp and canoe access point, as well as plenty of picnic tables and green spaces.
Hunt Fountain Park
Inside Hunt Fountain Park, people will find picnic shelters and tables, fields for softball and football, courts for basketball and tennis, a horse arena and a playground. There is plenty of green space to relax in. The park is located in northern Lakeland and is open daily from 7am to 11pm.
Banana Lake Park
Located on the east side of Lakeland, Banana Lake Park welcomes anglers and boaters on the water from 7am to 9pm. Other on-site amenities include a fishing pier, a boat ramps, picnic shelters and walking trails.
Carter Road County Park
Carter Road County Park contains six soccer fields, 12 baseball fields, mountain biking trails and fishing areas. It is found in the far south end of Lakeland.