For tourists visiting Florida, there is a break one can pass on distant from the tedious rides in the iconic theme parks of Disneyworld in Orlando or the fine white sand beaches in the Tampa area. This is unusually so when the trip involves a family. Cost notwithstanding, Lakeland, located 42 minutes from the theme parks( East) and about 45 minutes West to the Tampa shores of Central Florida, extends points to travel that are loose on the budget.
1. Circle B Bar Museum– Off the Polk State College is the Circle B Bar Reserve, that results to protect Lake Hancock’s floodplain and the Banana Creek marsh system. The area is a free access to anybody visiting for it extends unrestricted activities like bicycling, walking, kayaking bird watching, fishing and family picnics. For nature lovers who embrace photography, the site is an ample spot to catch a number of bird species that spots the area as a haven to thrive on. Fishing is likewise an interesting activity that provides for a springy, into the step of just a dull walk or a slow horse ride on the side as one discovers the park.Trails are handy for hikers and trekkers, but when the sun gets too much, an air-conditioned.Nature Discovery Center is a practical option. Furthermore, it is not a queasy stop over for it proves equal to a very friendly area to find the stimulating section for trees and greeneries that dot the lakes. Cheap eats is likewise not a problem when visiting the Park. About two miles off the road are McDonald’s, Palace Pizza, Ana’s Diner and Pho Tan, West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant, Olive Garden are about a mile more ahead.The visit to the park starts at 6:00 Am to 6:30 PM daily
2.Barnet Sunflower Pre-School Playground
Tailored for pre-schoolers and grown up kids, the park is a hot sell among these age groups essentially because of the Splash Pad that is accessible. Kids can soak in the water dashing from the walls and the ground without the concern of drowning, however, the park renders a lifeguard the whole time it is open. Similarly, kids fancy rock hunting throughout the playground blotched with painted, monogrammed and picture inscribed rocks hidden all over the grass, rides, trees that surround the park. For older kids, climb towers as high as 21 ft, are readily open while a special provision for toddlers has also been added at the same time that an indoor area for mommies to relax in is handy. Family picnic when packed lunch is available is no problem as a big oak tree lends its shade to most family revelers.Crispers, Jimmy Johns, Palace pizza, Harry’s Bar and Grill, Taco Bus USF are among the restaurants nearby.It is adjacent to another downtown Lakeland free park, the Hollis Park.
3. Polk Museum of Arts– lodged in the downtown district, it is home to modern and contemporary arts that began its collection in 1983. To date, it possesses a massive array of African, Asian, Pre-Cuban art pieces that rank from metals, porcelains recording back from the 18th century. It has recently combined collections from 20th-century artists like Picasso and Dali. Entrance is free. It shares a driveway with the Lakeland Library on Palmetto St. just off Florida State Univesity. Leaving the Museum affords a scenic view of Lake Morton that is famous for its swimming swans and trees dotting the the side roads that lead to the main streets towards the downtown area.
Vacationing in Lakeland can be a pleasure without hurting one’s budget. This can happen even with just a short-term visit to the free parks and museums that swarm the locality.
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