Natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park, perfect day trip from Orlando or Tampa.

Obviously I have many posts here on the blog dedicated more to Central Florida since I live in Orlando, and every time I can, when I don’t have a trip planned, I try to get to know a little corner of this area of ​​Florida. Perfect for day trips from home. As I always say, Central Florida offers more than the famous theme parks (which I also love to visit) and charming places like this natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland.

Natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park

This urban oasis combines natural beauty with history and recreation, offering a unique experience for visitors of all ages. I went for a walk this time with my parents and the 3 of us loved the place, so much so that I want to return with my husband and dogs, since the place is perfect for a good walk, always with your rope, although there are areas that are not allowed. You can come in.

Where is it located? how to get there?

If you are in Tampa or Orlando, this is great option for a day-trip. From Tampa you have to take I4 east and from Orlando take I4 west. The city of Lakeland is practically located between the 2 cities. Here I leave you the exact location on the map.

400 Bonnet Springs Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33815

On this other post I show you about some activities that you can do especially on a Saturday in Lakeland.

Natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park

Bonnet Springs Park’s legacy dates back to the era of Florida’s railroad industry. In the 19th century, this land was part of an important railway route. Over the years, the vision to turn this area into a public space for recreation and conservation took shape, and today, Bonnet Springs Park is a testament to that vision. We parked by the Bonnet Springs Park Welcome Center and there, apart from a cafeteria and shop, you can learn more about the history of this place (free) in its small museum.

The place really is beautiful. With a long path to stroll or exercise, or you can even take a tram that takes you to different points around in the park.

Natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park

What can you enjoy at the park?

  1. Florida Children’s Museum: Offers 2 floors of interactive exhibits, educational games, and a summer camp. It costs $15 per person (Feb. 2024) but there are also several discount options. They are open Monday to Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm).
  2. Rooftop Garden Bar: A small bar (I saw some signs that have Happy Hour), is located right next to the children’s museum.
  3. Hiking and Exploration: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of trails that wind through meadows, forests and wetlands. From relaxing hikes to more intense explorations, there are trails for all skill levels. With my parents we took part in the tram and then we walked from Nature Center to the parking lot and it was very nice and easy stroll.
  4. Bird and Wildlife Watching: Bonnet Springs Park is a sanctuary for a variety of birds and wildlife. Pack your binoculars and camera to observe and capture the beauty of nature that abounds in the park.
  5. Picnics and Family Activities: Enjoy a day outdoors with a picnic at one of the designated eating areas. Children can explore play areas while adults relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Tips for your visit:

  1. Bring Water and Sun Protection: Florida weather can be hot and sunny, so be sure to bring plenty of water and apply sunscreen before heading out to explore the park.
  2. Check Events and Programs: Bonnet Springs Park offers a variety of events and educational programs throughout the year. Before your visit, check the online events calendar to make the most of your park experience.
  3. Check the map: The map that was in the parking area explained perfectly where everything was, so don’t hesitate to check it first and maybe study it a little so you don’t miss anything.

The truth is that this natural wonder of Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland is much more than an urban park and is worth visiting. It is a place where history meets nature, offering a peaceful and enriching getaway for visitors. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, quiet time or just a place to connect with nature, Bonnet Springs Park has something for everyone and I’m sure I’ll be back for more, maybe next time with my dogs as the park is friendly with dogs. There are many points for bags for you to clean after your needs, garbage cans and I am sure they will love it, although there are points that they cannot go in, but in the vast majority of the park they can walk calmly and always on their leash.

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