Circle B Bar Reserve

There was a time when cattle and cowboys roamed Circle B Bar Reserve, but what was once a functioning cattle ranch is now recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife.

History of Circle B Bar Reserve

It is considered one of the best places for birding during a Central Florida vacation as a result of the Banana Creek marsh system. Don’t visit the reserve without your camera; your Instagram followers will thank you.

Remnants of the cattle ranch days, such as pens and barns, still remain on the property and serve as a rustic backdrop for many a family and senior portraits.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Cycling, Hiking, and Picnicking

If you like options, or have picky traveling partners, you’ll be relieved to know that Circle B Bar Reserve offers options for everyone in your family. Bicycling, hiking, birding and picnicking are all encouraged. And you can’t go wrong with a simple, quiet walk.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Birding at Circle B

Don’t forget your logbook and binoculars - it’s nothing to spot an osprey feeding its young, eagle soaring, or Anhinga dive-bombing a fish when out and about at Circle B Bar Reserve. The 1,267-acre property features several diverse Central Florida habitats including freshwater marshes, hardwood swamps, oak hammocks, creeks and lakes, which are home to a wide variety of ducks, shorebirds, wading birds, native and migrant landbirds, ospreys, bald eagles, and to more than 45-species of butterflies.

Tram Tours of Circle B

There is no shame in not having the desire to hike the beautiful, wilderness of Circle B Bar Reserve during your Central Florida vacation. Whether it be a physical disability, the summer heat, or the day after your trip to LEGOLAND Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens, Circle B has an option for visitors who want to take it easy: free tram tours. Yep, you can sit while a staff member discusses the unique habitats you encounter, and still get ample wildlife sightings and photo opportunities. As a bonus, the moving tram provides a gentle breeze that is oh, so relaxing.

Call 863-668-4673 ext. 205 for the tram tour schedule.

Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk Nature Discovery Center

Circle B Bar Reserve isn’t your run-of-the-mill reserve. The air-conditioned Polk Nature Discovery Center is loaded with a life-size ecosystem and animal reproductions that entertain, educate, and engage young minds.

The Discovery Center is also the hub for information about the preserve. Stop in for trail maps and information about the best wildlife viewing areas before heading out for your adventure, and you'll be sure to impress your friends and family.

Important Note: Circle B Bar Reserve is a nature reserve. Please help protect the resident wildlife by following some basic rules while visiting. NO pets, NO Balloons and NO Music. Enjoy what nature has to offer on its own.

You may also be interested in Bok Tower Gardens, Hollis Garden, or Lakeland.

Address / Location

4399 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
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Hours of Operation

Open Daily Dawn - Dusk
Discovery Center: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Discovery Center: Sunday Noon - 4:00 p.m.

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5 Star Rating

We went to hear an astronomy presentation which was excellent along with a nature walk . We always have a different experience every time we go. Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

The Circle B Bar is a shining example of what can be accomplished with environmental lands acquisition, which the locals voted to fund. It opened in approx 2008, and since then the pasture land... Read Full Review

4 Star Rating

walking trails and you will see a lot of wild life. snakes, alligator,birds and butterfly's. No dogs allowed. Read Full Review

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