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Bonnet Springs Park

Opening October 22nd, Bonnet Springs Park, in Lakeland will be a 168 acre urban oasis bringing Central Florida's natural beauty to life. It will be a place where art, recreation and fun intersect by design, featuring a vast array of wonderful amenities.

Highlights include the Hollis Family Welcome Center, the Ag America Heritage Garden, The Florida Children's Museum, Kid's Treehouse, and open air concerts at the great lawn.

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 is carefully being 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

The Hollis Family Welcome Center is the first thing you see as you enter the park. This 14,000 sq ft facility will be home to the Watson Clinic Gallery, a restaurant and gift store. An adventure playground, that encourages children’s sense of discovery and imagination, will be located next to the center.

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.


The restaurant at the Hollis Welcome Center will serve delicious local fare with ingredients sourced locally depending on the season. Also be sure to check out the rooftop café at the Florida Children’s Museum!

Rendering of Hollis Family Welcome Center Building

The Ag America Heritage Garden

Enjoy the fragrant beauty of fragrant trees that envelope the Ag America Heritage Garden. The beautifully sculpted linear gardens will provide a natural cover, while you can experience one of the many health and wellness classes offered in the community fitness area.

Rendering of the Ag America Heritage Garden

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 will open on November 4th.

The Kiwanis Kid’s Treehouse

This fantastic attraction will make you wish you were a kid again! The Kiwanis Kid’s Treehouse is a 500 square feet aerial sanctuary, and promises to be best kept secret in the park.

Kiwanis Cares for Kids Treehouse at Bonnet Springs Park Construction Photo

Construction photo of the Kiwanis Kid’s Tree house

Music and Performing Arts

Music will fill Bonnet Springs Park, with a variety of live music and sounds emanating from the 2-acre Great Lawn. Be sure to keep an eye on the Visit Central Florida Events Calendar for upcoming events!

Harold Family Botanical Gardens

These beautiful gardens will feature sculptures by renowned local artists, as well as fascinating flora with native plants cultivated in the greenhouse. You may also have the opportunity to sample some local produce grown in the gardens.

Get Well Community Nature Center & Edwards Boathouse

Experience some of the wildlife that calls Florida home at the magnificent Nature Center and the adjacent Wetland Boardwalk. You can also paddle away the day on the lagoon, with one of the many nautical escapes from the Edwards Boathouse.

Rendering of the Boathouse at Bonnet springs Park

The Crenshaw Canopy Walk

Get an eagle eye view of the world and Florida’s nature from the stunning Crenshaw Canopy Walk. A tranquil way to experience the park.

Event Center

Featuring the Citizen’s Bank & Trust Ballroom and Wesley Bank Patio, accommodates up to 400 guests for weddings, 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. Wedding terrace and state of the art outdoor kitchen, overlooking the botanical gardens.

Come to the Grand Opening of Bonnet Springs Park!

Bonnet Springs Park will open with a grand opening event on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Be sure to mark your calendars for this exciting event for Lakeland and Polk County. More details will be provided as we approach the date.

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