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Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center sits on one of Polk County’s treasured Environmental Areas, Circle B Bar Reserve. The center not only offers outdoor educational opportunities, but chances to learn about our surrounding local environment in an indoor setting. We encourage you to stop in for an educational experience before you hit the trails, which will have you coming back for more.

Dobbins Park & Playground
514 Ariana St, Lakeland, Florida 33803

This playground includes my new favorite – a zipline! There are climbing structure for all ages, multiple swings, and a HUGE field next to the playground.

Restrooms – Yes
Fenced in – Partial, fence on two sides near the road, open on two sides to the field
Pavilions – Yes, first come first serve

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The Rotary Playground in Hernando's Landing at Lake Parker Park
910 E Granada Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805

The Rotary Playground has a pirate ship, treehouse, ziplines, parent/baby swings, and so much more to explore. Read our full review at

Restrooms – Yes, look for white buildings off to either side of the playground
Fenced in – No, and one side of playground is open to Lake Parker
Pavilions – Yes, eight pavilions available, first come first serve (
*There is a bell at the playground that kids can ring, some special needs parents have told us their kids struggled with the constant loud ringing of the bell*

Screened Corporate pavilions are available for rent that seat 160 people, however they are not located within walking distance of the playground. Visit for more details.

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Barnett Family Park / Sunflower Playground / Barnett Splash Pad

Located at the top of the Lake Mirror Amphitheater, Barnett Family Park includes a splash pad water feature, playground (including the Sunflower Preschool Playground), labyrinth, covered picnic area, restrooms, and a multipurpose field.

Playground Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am – Just before dusk
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – Dusk

Covered Pavilion Hours
Monday – Friday: 10am – Just before dusk
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – Dusk

Picnic tables are available first come first served.

Splash Pad & Water Dump Bucket Feature
Thursday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Closed Wednesdays for Maintenance

Magnolia Building Lakeland
702 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
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215 South Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
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