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A wide shot of the Crenshaw Canopy Walk at Bonnet Springs Park.

Traipse through the treetops on the Crenshaw Canopy Walk at Bonnet Springs Park.

Photo by LALtoday

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Hey, Lakeland. City Editor Connor here. 👋 It’s no secret that our team is ready for the opening of Bonnet Springs Park here in Lakeland on Sat., Oct. 22. After getting a chance to try the park’s Crenshaw Canopy Walk, I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what it was like to walk through the treetops.

What we tried (with pricing):

When I arrived at the park, it was just a short walk to the entrance of the Crenshaw Canopy Walk, a one-of-a-kind experience through the trees. The walk is roughly 1,500 feet long and 24 feet high at its tallest point — perfect for a bird’s-eye view of the park — and free to access.

I felt so relaxed strolling high over the forest floor. You can hear the birds chirping nearby, feel the breeze blowing, and connect with nature. Visitors can take the walk at their own pace and spend as long as they’d like.

What not to miss:

Look for the 200-year-old oak tree and the hanging ferns. The canopy walk also offers views of the Blanton Family Lagoon. Keep an eye out for kayakers, fish, birds — and even alligators.

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Rent a kayak or pedal boat to ride around the Blanton Family Lagoon after your walk.

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What we’re still talking about:

Anyone can enjoy the Crenshaw Canopy Walk. At 10-ft wide, it is ADA accessible. Kids will love the adrenaline rush, and adults will appreciate the seating areas for a more relaxed tour. It’s fun for the whole family.

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Sit at one of three seating areas to spend as long as you’d like connecting with nature.

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How you can experience this:

Bonnet Springs Park will celebrate its grand opening Sat., Oct. 22-Sun., Oct. 23. Visit the park for free to try the Crenshaw Canopy Walk for yourself — you might just see me there, too.

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The Crenshaw Canopy Walk ends back in the middle of Bonnet Springs Park so you can keep exploring everything it has to offer.

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Things to know if you go: