Circle B Bar Reserve

5.0 stars on TripAdvisor

If you want to see an alligator in its natural habitat, make plans to visit Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. The 1,267-acre preserve is free, open to the public and is great for birding and hiking.

Phone: 863-668-4673
Address: 4399 Winter Lake Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33803

Colt Creek State Park

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor

Colt Creek State Park in North Lakeland offers activities such as hiking, cycling, horseback riding and primitive camping for outdoor enthusiasts on vacation in Central Florida.

Phone: 863-815-6761
Address: 16000 FL-471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Lake Kissimmee State Park

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor

The park covers 5,930 acres featuring floodplain marshes, flatwoods and shady hammocks, and is home to 200+ species of birds. 13-miles of hiking tails showcase deer, bobcat, turkey and more.

Phone: 863-696-1112
Address: 14282 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Se7en Wetlands Park

South Lakeland park features 8.5-miles of trails with access points at Loyce E Harpe Park and Lakeland Highlands Scrub. Expect to see migratory birds as well as alligators, otters, turtles and snakes.

Phone: 863-834-7386
Address: 500 W Carter Rd
Mulberry, FL 33860

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor

Several multi-use, sandy trails cross and loop around one another through an open dry prairie, pine flatwoods, marshlands and basin swamp. See gopher tortoises, Florida scrub-jay and indigo snakes.

Phone: 863-534-7377
Address: 6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd
Lakeland, FL 33813

Crooked Lake Prairie

Two miles of trails lead you through scrub, scrubby flatwoods, wet prairie and depression marsh. See a wide variety of native plants and animal life.

Phone: 863-534-7377
Address: 985 Ohlinger Rd
Babson Park, FL 33827


4,031 acres featuring three trails, providing 9 miles of nature viewing among the pine flatwoods, oak hammock and marsh habitats. You may see birds, deer bobcats, fox, and gopher tortoises.

Phone: 863-534-7377
Address: 14020 FL-60
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Green Swamp Hampton & East Tracts

Two tracts provide over 60 miles of trails through pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood swamps offering views of alligators, white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, feral hogs and a variety of birds.

Phone: 352-796-7211
Address: 18490 Rockridge Rd
Polk City, FL 33868