Whether you’re looking for a place to play with your kiddos or to decompress with off-screen time, Lakeland features more than 70 parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy. Ready to plan your trip to the park? Grab your shades and Stanley Tumbler — here are some of Lakeland’s best:
Barnett Family Park, 730 E Orange St.
Bring your family for an afternoon of fun at the playground, get refreshed at the splash pads, or enjoy exploring the labyrinth. Plus, the park is WiFi friendly and right next to the Lake Mirror Amphitheater and Hollis Gardens, too.
Common Ground Playground, 1000 E Edgewood Dr.
Celebrated as the county’s “first inclusive play experience,” this park offers a variety of activities and structures that are disability friendly and just plain fun for everyone.
Dobbins Park, 514 Ariana St.
Grab your favorite sammies from Black & Brew and head to this park to chow down at the picnic tables. Did we mention this location measures 10 acres — that’s about eight football fields.
Munn Park, 210 E Main St.
Get to know the charm of Lakeland’s local businesses as you peruse this historic square. From First Fridays and weekend farmers markets to monthly food truck rallies, you’ll get a snapshot of what makes the city’s community so unique.
Bonnet Springs Park, 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd.
This brand new 180-acre adventure park has more than 1.75 miles of boardwalks and 30+ acres of wetlands. It also features an exhibition gallery and roof garden terrace.
Circle B Bar Reserve, 4399 Winter Lake Rd.
Immerse yourself in this nature reserve featuring untouched natural spaces and trails leading to sights where you can appreciate wildlife and waterfront views.
Holloway Park, 2402 Holloway Park Dr.
If you’re a runner or bicyclist, this park features 362 acres of cross country trails for you to run or hike.
Saddle Creek Park, 3716 Morgan Combee Rd.
Tucked away just east of Lakeland’s vibrant downtown, relax under big oaks and bird-watch while walking through the Great Florida Birding Trail at this park — you can expect to see blue jays and even sometimes spot a cardinal.
Se7en Wetlands, 500 W Carter Rd.
Take a hike. (No, really.) Tour 8.5 miles of scenic trails (don’t worry, there are two bathrooms along the way) featuring unique fauna including wild birds and reptiles.
Douglas M. Cook Park, 955 Wedgewood Estates Blvd.
Slam dunk. Dribble your way to this park’s public basketball courts. This park also has a dog park that’s perfect for doggie play dates, walking trails, and a fun playground area.
Lakeland Skate Park, 800 US-98 Hwy. S.
Wheel your way through four main skating areas at Lakeland’s 24,000-square-foot skate park dedicated to creating open spaces for the skater community.
Lake Parker Park, 910 E. Granada St.
Picnics, play dates, soccer games, fishing — you name it, Lake Parker Park has got it. Spend the day using the soccer fields or surrounding recreational amenities to stay active.
Woodlake Park, 3415 New Jersey Rd.
Are you the competitive type? Bring your friends out for a game of pickleball or practice your Serena Williams serve at this park’s public tennis courts.
Dog Leg Woods, 3326 Cleveland Heights Blvd.
If you find yourself near the iconic Cleveland Heights (the district with the California-esque palm trees lining the road), then consider taking your pup to this 3-acre shaded dog park. Bonus — there is a dog washing station and water fountains to keep you and your furry pal hydrated.
Diogi Dog Park, 500 W Carter Rd. (Medulla)
Channel your dog’s energy into fun quality time. Imagine structures and tunnels for your furry friend to play in while you sit back to dog watch or get up to play a good ol’ game of fetch.
Lake Crago Dog Park, 525 Lake Crago Dr.
So your dog longs for “Wide Open Spaces” 🎶? This dog park offers well-kept amenities to ensure you and your pup are getting the most out of your afternoon walk. The best part? Free WiFi.