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Playgrounds in Lakeland + Polk County

Which Playgrounds are Open in the Lakeland area

We are lucky to have an abundance of great parks and playgrounds in the Lakeland area. Local playgrounds are either operated by a city or Polk County, depending on where they are located.

Below you’ll find local playgrounds listed under the operating entity. Click on the name of any park to see the address, photos, and get more details. We hope this helps you find playgrounds in the Lakeland area that are open for play!

Be aware that play equipment and picnic areas may not be monitored by staff nor disinfected during the ordinary course of the day.

Polk County Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by Polk County Parks & Recreation in the Lakeland area include:

Banana Lake Park
Banana Lake Park

Banana Lake Park has a playground and HUGE grassy field. It is a great location for a picnic, sports game, or playground time.

Amenities:

  • ADA Accessible Trails
  • Bank-Pier Fishing
  • Boat Launching Site
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Walking Paths-Trails
Bike Trails | Paved Walking Trails | Playgrounds
5002 Tillery Road, Lakeland, Florida 33812
Christina Park Lakeland Playground 3
Christina Park Playground
Christina Park Lakeland Playground 2
Christina Park

Climbing structures, a rope pyramid, and lots of shade make this a reader favorite playground in south Lakeland. My favorite part is a swinging bench where this mom can sit and watch.

Restrooms – Yes, look for the screened pavilion towards the entrance
Fenced in – Not fenced in but playground is far away from the main road
Pavilions – Multiple open pavilions available, first come first serve. Screened Pavilion available to rent through Polk County Parks & Recreation.
Operated by – Polk County

Parks, Pavilions & Facility Rentals | Playgrounds
500 County Road 540A, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Highland City Park

Highland City Park is located in the West Central part of Lakeland. Operated by Polk County.

Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Amenities:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Leagues
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
Playgrounds
3930 Ball Park Road, Lakeland, Florida 33812
Hunt Fountain Park

Hunt Fountain Park is located in the Northwest part of Lakeland. Its current hours of operations are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Operated by Polk County.

Amenities:

  • Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Football Fields
  • Leagues
  • Multi-Purpose Fields
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Restrooms
  • Soccer Fields
  • Softball Fields
  • Tennis Courts (1)
Parks, Pavilions & Facility Rentals | Playgrounds
2020 Duff Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Loyce Harpe Park Lakeland Playground
Loyce Harp Park Lakeland Playground
Loyce Harp Park Lakeland Playground 2
Loyce Harpe Park or Carter Road Park

Also called Carter Road Park, at Loyce Harpe Park two large canopies cover two of the three structures at this playground. Little ones will enjoy driving the car and riding on the whale, while big kids can climb away on three different play areas. Take a left where the road splits, it is hidden off to the right before you reach the baseball fields.

Restrooms – Yes, across the bridge at the back of the playground (look for the screened pavilion)
Fenced in – Yes but the gate is not child proof
Pavilions – Yes, one screened pavilion available for rent through Polk County Parks & Recreation
Operated by – Polk County

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500 West Carter Road, Mulberry, Florida 33860

City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by the City of Lakeland include:

Barnett Park Splash Pad Lakeland
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. Operated by the City of Lakeland.

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

Bike Trails | Parks, Pavilions & Facility Rentals | Paved Walking Trails | Playgrounds
730 E Orange St, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Common Ground Playground Lakeland
Common Ground Playground Lakeland
Common Ground Playground Lakeland
Common Ground Playground

Common Ground was Polk County’s first “inclusive play experience,” a term used to describe non-traditional play areas. Children of varying abilities and disabilities are able to play together side-by-side!

Common Ground includes multiple play areas. Pavilions are available for rental as well as first come first serve use if not rented. Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Hours: Thursday – Tuesday: 8 AM – Dusk (every day but Wednesday)
Wednesday: 10 AM – Dusk

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1000 E Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Dobbins Park Lakeland Playground
Dobbins Park Lakeland Playground 4
Dobbins Park Lakeland Playground 3
Dobbins Park & Playground

This playground includes my new favorite – a zipline! There are climbing structures 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
Operated by – City of Lakeland

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514 Ariana St, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Douglas M. Cook Park

Operated by the City of Lakeland.

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955 Wedgewood Estates Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33809
Fletcher Park Lakeland Playground
Fletcher Park Lakeland Playground 2
Fletcher Park Lakeland Playground 3
Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny

This playground got a complete makeover in 2016. Structures for kids of all ages, plus a parent/baby swing, 4 person see-saw, and lots of rope climbing areas. Park also includes sports fields and skate park. Great shaded playground!

Restrooms – Yes
Fenced in – Only partially, fence along parking lot and lake. Other two sides bordered by baseball fields.
Pavilions – None nearby, a few picnic tables
Operated by – City of Lakeland

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800 US 98 S, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Handley Park

Lakeland area playground on Edgewood Drive, just 1/2 mile east of Common Ground Playground. There are swings, multiple slides, a large playground, and a large grassy field. Shaded during the morning hours. No designated parking, find a spot along Phyllis St.

Restrooms – No
Fenced in – Yes but with openings in the fence, no gates. One side does border a busy road (Edgewood) but it is a good distance away from the playground.
Pavilions – No, there are a few picnic tables and a small grill

Playgrounds
1419 Phyllis St, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Horney Park Lakeland Playground
Horney Park Lakeland Playground 3
Horney Park

This neighborhood playground is almost completely shaded AND fenced in! Two structures with slides, plus swings, along with a large grassy area next to the playground. No bathrooms on site, and no designated parking lot – simply find a spot along the road.

Restrooms – No
Fenced in – Yes but there is not a gate at the entrance
Pavilions – No
Operated by – City of Lakeland

Playgrounds
205 E Poinsetta, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Interlachen Park

Lakeland area playground nestled in a neighborhood. Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Restrooms – no
Fenced in – partial, with 2 sides open
Pavilions – no
Parking located at the south end of the playground on Elm St.

Playgrounds
298 Interlachen Parkway, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Jackson Park

Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Playgrounds
1130 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
North Lake Wire Park

Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Playgrounds
755 Martin Luther King Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Peterson Park Playground
Peterson Park Boardwalk
Peterson Park

Playground with plenty of pavilions and picnic tables nearby for a party or just to sit and enjoy the shade!
This playground is located at the back of the baseball fields at Peterson Park, turn at the YMCA on Cleveland Heights and follow the road back until it starts to turn left. The playground is to the right. There is also a great nature boardwalk and walking trails in the area. Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Restrooms – Yes
Fenced – No
Pavilions – Yes, there are multiple pavilions near the playground, all are first come first serve. There is also a large screened pavilion at the back of Peterson Park with a large grassy field, it is not within sight of the playground (but technically walking distance). For more information on the large pavilion rental visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/parks-recreation/reservations-rentals/.

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3700 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Simpson Park Community Center Playground

Lakeland area playground located at the Simpson Park Community Center. Operated by the City of Lakeland.

Playgrounds
1725 Martin L King Jr Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Southwest Sports Complex

Lakeland area playground located at the Southwest Sports Complex, home to softball and soccer fields.

Restrooms – yes
Fenced – no (partial fence but won’t keep toddlers in)
Pavilions – Picnic tables nearby, first come first serve
Operated by – City of Lakeland

Playgrounds
1444 W Highlands Street, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Rotary Playground Lakeland Lake Parker Sign
Rotary Playground Lake Parker Lakeland Pirate Ship
Rotary Playground Lake Parker Lakeland Treehouse
The Rotary Playground in Hernando's Landing at Lake Parker Park

Lakeland’s newest playground is one of our favorites! The Rotary Playground has a pirate ship, treehouse, ziplines, parent/baby swings, and so much more to explore.

Click here to read our full review of the Rotary Playground and see more photos.

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
Operated by – City of Lakeland

*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*

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910 E Granada Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Woodlake Park Lakeland Train Playground
Woodlake Park

Located in a quiet area surrounded by neighborhoods, this playground is perfect for a train loving child! Recently remodeled to include a train themed climbing area.

Restrooms – Yes
Fenced – No
Pavilions – Picnic tables are first come, first serve
Operated by – City of Lakeland

Playgrounds
3415 New Jersey Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803

City of Mulberry Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by Mulberry Parks & Recreation include:

Centennial Park Mulberry
Mulberry Butterfly Garden
Centennial Park Playground and Butterfly Garden

Centennial Park Playground is located next to the Mulberry Library.

Mulberry’s Butterfly Garden is a little piece of heaven. Located just west of the Mulberry Public Library, this little oasis is a great place to get away and be apart of nature.

Operated by the City of Mulberry.

Playgrounds
901 Northeast 5th Street, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Janie Eason Park Mulberry
Janie Eason Park

Janie Eason Park is located at NW 9th Street and NE 2nd Ave. It hosts a playground, benches and a butterfly garden. Operated by the City of Mulberry.

Playgrounds
810 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Ruth Stewart Park Mulberry
Ruth Stewart Park

Ruth Stewart Park is located at SE 4th Street and features a playground, pavilion and half basketball court. Operated by the City of Mulberry.

Playgrounds
Southeast 4th Street, Mulberry, Florida 33860

City of Winter Haven Parks & Recreation

WINTER HAVEN PLAYGROUND LIST COMING SOON!

City of Auburndale Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by Auburndale Parks & Recreation include:

Auburndale City Park Playground Downtown
Auburndale City Park Playground
Auburndale Downtown Park Playground
Auburndale Downtown City Park

Features playground equipment for children of all ages. Swing sets, bench swings, tower, train, Tot area and more. Walk across the street to grab lunch or ice cream in Downtown Auburndale.

Restrooms – Yes
Fenced in – No
Pavilions – Yes, first come first serve
Operated by – City of Auburndale

Playgrounds
119 West Park Street, Auburndale, Florida 33823

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