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.
From Cattle Call to Call of the Wild
It is considered one of the best places for birding in Central Florida as a result of the Banana Creek marsh system. In a nutshell: 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. Yeehaw!
Something For Everyone
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, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, birding and picnicking are all encouraged. And you can’t go wrong with a simple quite walk.
Gators And Eagles And Birding! Oh My!
Alligator Alley is popular with international nature photographers.
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 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.
A trip wouldn't be complete without an alligator sighting, which is quite common and can be safely done from the preserve's pier, shoreline, or the infamous Alligator Alley.
If Your Shoes WEREN’T made for Walking
Look, there is no shame in not having the desire to hike the beautiful, wilderness of Circle B, whether it be a physical disability, Jet Lag or summer heat that’s ailing you. Thankfully, there is a way to enjoy the beauty of the reserve AND gain a little more knowledge while you’re at it: a free tram tour. Yep, you can sit on your rear 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.
Polk Nature Discovery Center
Circle B Bar Reserve isn’t your run-of-the-mill reserve. They have an awesome indoor Polk Nature Discovery Center loaded down with life-size ecosystem and animal reproductions that entertain and educate and engage young minds. You’ll enjoy learning about Central Florida’s delicate ecosystem, too.
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.