Tampa’s favourite weekend nature and recreation getaway destination does not pull any punches! Firstly, it is quintessentially Floridian. It’s 240 acres of natural lands run through a fresh water wetland and flood plain, an oak-dominated hardwood forest, cypress domes, and the Hillsborough River. To help you stay clean through all this, there are boardwalks running throughout the park. For fun family moments, feel free to make use of the various BBQ pits, picnic tables, and an open playfield. Grab a book, find a shady spot and read. Let your kids freak out at the playground. There’s a biking trail/ jogging course that comes with it’s own fitness course.
Be sure to also visit the Audubon Resource Center at Lettuce Lake Park (a.k.a ARC in the Park), which features natural and wildlife exhibits pertaining to the Hillsborough River watershed.
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can visit the information centre around 8am to get a guided tour of the park, which begin at 8:30. Get your binoculars and cameras if you’re a birdie.
A lovely highlight is the three story tall watchtower, from where you can click pictures of some wonderful panoramas.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t feed the wildlife.
- Don’t litter.
- Admission fee is for vehicles only.
- Closes at 6pm in the winter.
- None nearby, but do bring your own.
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36.79% of people who visit Tampa include Lettuce Lake Park in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
55.32% of people start their Lettuce Lake Park visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Lettuce Lake Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lettuce Lake Park
Great place to see some swamp wildlife, right on the outskirts of Tampa. Near Temple Terrace near Tampa. Up near I-75 and Fletcher. There is a gate you go through where you pay 2.00 per car. There is a boardwalk that winds through the swamp and goes by that lake where there is a tower that's 3 stories high. You get a awesome view of the lake and surrounding area. We also saw a couple turtles swimming in the lake. We also saw a Racoon and an armadillo.Had a great nature walk and some good video.
I love this park,I'm usually into the off the beaten trail parks...literally Haha, but this park is really pretty, well maintained, and very family friendly with the padded board walk and watch tower, as well as a jungle gym where the kids can play. Believe it or not helped me decide to move here between that and the college because I need my time to get away and get in touch with nature and this park helps do that between all the alligators you see,the exotic birds and bugs,this is just a phenomenon little park that I'd recommend anyone checking out!
This review concerns a recent visit to Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, my very first visit. This Park is very beautiful and well maintained over a large expanse of territory. The focus of this visit was to canoe the Hillsborough River. The trip was very beautiful but the canoe was very unbalanced requiring us to lean to one side to compensate. The staff was very friendly but they refused to offer any discount due to this difficulty which was disappointing. This park however is well worth a visit.
Great park, only a mile or so off 75. Nice boardwalk trail, can see lots of birds, well maintained. Canoeing is an out and back trip along a nice stretch of the river. Overall experience is excellent.
One of my favorite parks in this area. Nice long boardwalk, playground, and hiking trail. They have kayaks you can rent and take a trip down the river. And plenty of nature for photographers. A++