Here in Lakeland we are blessed with some amazing parks and playgrounds for families to enjoy for FREE. In the heat of summer (and early fall… and usually spring too…) we know that a shaded playground is the KEY to making a trip to the park last more than 15 minutes.
Lakeland Mom went on a hunt to find the best playgrounds in Lakeland with shade to inspire you with new parks to explore! None of the playgrounds are completely covered, but if they had benches for mom and dad in the shade, a large portion of the playground equipment in the shade, or big trees to provide shade at some point during the day, they MADE OUR LIST!
We also know that fenced in playgrounds are important for many families, and someone ALWAYS needs to go the bathroom within 5 minutes of arriving, so look for notes on restrooms, fences, and pavilion rentals below. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes since all of these playgrounds are mulch, and don’t forget to bring water.
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The Rotary Playground in Hernando's Landing at Lake Parker Park
Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny
Dobbins Park & Playground
Loyce Harpe Park or Carter Road Park
While this playground isn’t in Lakeland, it was mentioned by multiple Lakeland Mom readers as a local favorite and worth the drive!