Lettuce Lake Park653 Votes Currently Closed
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.
Lettuce Lake Park Travel Tips
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Don’t feed the wildlife.
- Don’t litter.
Entrance Ticket Details For Lettuce Lake Park
- Admission fee is for vehicles only.
Lettuce Lake Park Hours
- Closes at 6pm in the winter.
- None nearby, but do bring your own.
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31.82% 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
Lettuce Lake Park Reviews & Ratings
Awesome boardwalk, canoe rental, fishing, pavilions with grills everywhere, a hard-top 1.25 mile trail, playground with a nice observation tower... Staff was nice... One of the nicest parks in Hillsborough county... If you are a "service connected" veteran, you can apply for a no-fee access pass good for 2 years; otherwise, entrance fee is $2.00 per vehicle... Bring water, sunscreen and mosquito spray... Good family place...
My co-workers and I had a team building lunch at the park and we had one of the best times out of the office. The shelters provide plenty of shade and the barbecue grills available let us have some great burgers and hot dogs. A group of us also took a long walk along the waterfront, which was beautiful and very peaceful. We saw several kinds of birds and kept an eye out for alligators (although we didn't see any on this trip).
Great park. Easy to get too. Only $2 per auto. Pavilion's throughout with grills. May have to reserve or first come first serve. The boardwalk is really cool.
It's a lovely little park, nice for walking among the trees. It's particularly popular for bird watching, & you can frequently find alligators, turtles, & other wildlife dining themselves along the boardwalk. It's a great place to come take a break. I only wish it were larger.
Good place to see nature. There's a beautiful trail around the lake. Great for alligator sightings, birds, snakes and you can even take your bike out for a ride.