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Gardens, Parks & Playgrounds

It is easy to feel like you have to go full-throttle to have a meaningful experience during a central Florida vacation, but sometimes the best memories are made when you take the time to stop and smell the roses. We have three gorgeous gardens and numerous parks in Central Florida that provide perfect examples of our region’s natural beauty.

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Gardens in Polk County

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Hollis Garden in Lakeland, and Cypress Gardens at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven provide excellent opportunities to slow down, spend time outside and see both natural and manicured, beautiful garden landscapes.

Bok Tower Gardens is a 157-acre Natural Historic Landmark with daily carillon concerts, visitor center, gift shop, and onsite restaurant. Hollis Garden boasts more than 10,000 flowers, beautiful fountains, a picturesque view of Lake Mirror, and is only a short walk from downtown Lakeland. Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park, is a botanical garden preserved and maintained by LEGOLAND Florida Resort. And coming in October 2022 will be the wonderful 168 acre Bonnet Springs Park, Lakeland bringing together nature, art, recreation, learning and music in one special place.

Parks in Central Florida

Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland would be considered our most popular park as it attracts visitors from all over the world. The 1,267-acre county park is home to rare nature and many species of wildlife (alligators, bald eagles, wild hogs, bobcat and more) that visitors are lucky enough to appreciate and experience at their leisure. Our Nature & Hiking section has more information about city, county and state parks in Central Florida.

Parks & Playgrounds for Kids

Polk County is a family-friendly vacation destination featuring an abundance of parks and playgrounds for kids. Hammock Hollow is Bok Tower Gardens’ dedicated 2.7-acre children’s garden. Common Ground in Lakeland features non-traditional play areas providing an “inclusive play experience” so that children of varying abilities and disabilities are able to play together side-by-side. Both Winter Haven and Haines City have large playgrounds with splash pads.

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Hollis Garden

Trees and flowers at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL. Lake Morton in background of photo.

Located along the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, this botanical display garden set in…

Address: 614 E. Orange St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 834-2280

Simmers-Young Park

Playground area at Simmers-Young Park in Winter Haven, FL

A recreational park with multi-purpose and soccer fields, picnic facilities, fishing pond, dog park and…

Address: 339 American Spirit Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-534-4340

Bonnet Springs Park

Drone image of Bonnet Springs Park located in Lakeland, FL

Bonnet Springs Park, open as of October 2022, is located in Lakeland along the I-4…

Address: 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-413-0652


Downtown Auburndale City Park

Downtown Auburndale City Park

Well-shaded downtown playground with picnic areas. Multiple play areas and structures are available for kids…

Address: 119 W. Park St.
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-965-5545

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

Short, lakefront walking trail in Lake Alfred offers views of wading and migratory birds and…

Address: 945 Mackay Blvd.
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863-291-5270

Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground

Barnett Family Park

Play areas, climbing structures and a splash water area with activities for children as young…

Address: 730 E. Orange St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 834-2280

Dobbins Park & Playground

Dobbins Park & Playground

Dobbins Park & Playground in Central Lakeland is a 10-acre park featuring two playgrounds, bike-repair…

Address: 514 Ariana St.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-834-2233

Common Ground Playground

Common Ground Playground Lakeland

Playground with jumping, running, sliding and climbing for kids with varying abilities and disabilities.

Address: 1000 E Edgewood Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 834-2233

Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park

Ample picnic space with grills are available. The park also features a playground, skate park…

Address: 1000 N. Lake Shore Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-4182


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