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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.

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

Downtown Auburndale City Park

Playground equipment, including 3 slides and artificial grass at Downtown Auburndale, FL's 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

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park & Splash Pad

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park & Splash Pad

Transportation-themed interactive playground with picnic facilities, a splash water area and access to the Chain…

Address: 684 4th St., NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-291-5600

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

Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground

Entrance with trees and walkway to Barnett Family Park in Lakeland, FL

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

Lake Eva Community Playground & Aquatic Park

Lake Eva Community Playground & Aquatic Park

Park on the banks of Lake Eva with a playground, picnic facilities, tennis and basketball…

Address: 555 Ledwith Ave.
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-421-3700

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

Rotary Playgound in Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker

Playground equipment, including slides and stairs, at Rotary Playground at Hernando's Landing at Lake Parker Park in Lakeland, FL

The Rotary Playground in Hernando’s Landing features two zip lines, a pirate ship and a…

Address: 910 E. Granada St.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

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


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