Enjoy the enriching surroundings of this blended urban / natural space at Bonnet Springs Park, situated next to Downtown Lakeland, easily accessible from Tampa, Orlando and Winter Haven.
The former site of the longest railyard in Florida has been carefully converted into what promises to be a magnificent facility providing unapparelled experiences from nature, the arts, education and wellness. It’s all lovingly created in a way that pays homage to the heritage and natural setting of Lakeland and Polk County.
The Hollis Family Welcome Center
Upon entering Bonnet Springs Park, you will be greeted by the Hollis Family Welcome Center. This two-story building is home to the Watson Clinic Gallery, a coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee and snacks, and a gift shop. Located outside is the Rodda Family Playground which encourages children’s sense of discovery and imagination.
Watson Clinic Gallery
Learn how the city of Lakeland and surrounding areas developed over the years, in the Watson Clinic Gallery. This wonderful gallery pays tribute to the history of Central Florida including its important railroad and citrus heritage.
Café and Snacks
The café at the Hollis Welcome Center serves Starbucks coffee and pastries. It’s the perfect spot to grab a quick bite or sit down and work for a while. Also be sure to check out the rooftop café next to the Florida Children’s Museum!
The AgAmerica Heritage Garden
Enjoy the serene beauty of the AgAmerica Heritage Garden. The beautifully sculpted linear gardens provide a natural cover, while you can experience one of the many health and wellness equipment pieces offered in the community fitness area. Also located within is the Joe L. and Karen Ruthven Train Playground.
The Kiwanis Cares for Kid’s Treehouse
The Kiwanis Cares for Kids Treehouse is 500 square feet aerial sanctuary and promises to be the best kept secret in the Park.
Mable the Mosaic Owl
Have a hoot on Mable the Mosaic Owl! This interactive playground is ready for adventure. With a slide for a tail and rock climbing on the wings, your kids are sure to have a great afternoon!
Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Rooftop Bar
After a day of exploring the Park, don’t forget to stop by the Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Rooftop Bar! Located above the Depot, this bar offers full service, two TV’s and a great view of the Allen & Company Family Lawn!
Harrell Family Botanical Gardens
The Harrell Family Botanical Gardens, located outside of the Event Center, are designed to engage your five senses! Featuring sculptures by renowned local artists, as well as fascinating flora, these gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll!
GiveWell Community Foundation Nature Center and Ann & Ward Edwards Boathouse
Experience some of the wildlife that calls Florida home at the magnificent GiveWell Community Foundation Nature Center and Ann & Ward Edwards Boathouse! Inside the Nature Center, you will find interactive displays that showcase the native animals and wildlife of Florida! For the perfect view of the Blanton Family Lagoon, head on down to the Ann & Ward Edwards Boathouse.
Crenshaw Canopy Walk
The Crenshaw Canopy Walk provides a tranquil way to experience the beauty of Bonnet Springs Park! This unique trail is perfect for getting those daily steps in!
Featuring the Citizens Bank & Trust Ballroom, Wesley Beck Patio, and George W. Jenkins Outdoor Kitchen, the event center accommodates up to 400 guests for weddings and reunions. Corporate retreats, conventions and celebrations can enjoy up to 7,000 square ft. of available space, including the ballroom with the latest in lighting and presentation technology.
This park is for everyone, including your best friend. The park is dog friendly, but furry friends must remain on their leash at all times. For full details check out the General Park Rules.
Ways to Explore the Park
There are many ways to explore this 168-acre park. You can walk, run, bike or wheel your way through. From taking a leisurely stroll, through to getting in a work-out or even just relaxing or taking a picnic among idyllic surroundings, the possibilities are endless.
Music and Performing Arts
Music, events, performances and more are important to Bonnet Springs Park! Be sure to keep an eye on the Visit Central Florida Events Calendar for upcoming events!
Florida Children’s Museum
Embrace the future at the spectacular Florida Children’s Museum. This 47,800 sq. ft., facility will offer amazing indoor and outdoor opportunities for science, discovery and play. Its two floors of galleries include tons of interactive experiences including a Design Park, where kids can design the vehicles of the future, the City Play area, a re-created city district where the kids are in charge, and the beautiful Watermelon Seeds area where kids have free reign to be their colorful selves. The new museum opened on November 4th.
For more information about the park visit bonnetspringspark.com