The Best Guide to Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland

Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland, FL

Bonnet Springs Park is an amazing new park in Lakeland, Florida. My family received a private tour before it opened and fell in love immediately. The grand opening event was a huge celebration that included local small businesses. As someone who grew up in Lakeland, I’m so happy to see great things happening for the city.

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Bonnet Springs Park is a 168-acre park that provides a place to escape the stress of life, engage with family and friends and explore nature. You can have a picnic, ride your bike or scooter, watch your kids play at one of the multiple playgrounds, observe wildlife or play lawn games. I love that Bonnet Springs Park has something for everyone.


Zoey’s Butterfly House

This is a beautiful sanctuary for native Florida butterflies.

Bonnet Springs Park Butterfly house

Wetlands Boardwalk and Blanton Family Lagoon

Perfect area for birdwatching or going for a nice stroll.

GiveWell Community Foundation Nature Center

The nature center welcomes visitors who are excited to learn about native Florida wildlife and species. There are several interactive exhibits for children and adults.

Ann and Ward Edward Boathouse

The boathouse has a screened pavilion that can be used to enjoy a nice lunch or the view of the lagoon. Soon there will be rentals for water activities.

The Kiwanis Kid’s Treehouse

The Kiwanis Kid’s Treehouse is a 500 square feet space that has picnic tables for snacks, playing board games or just hanging out. It is a cool experience for everyone.

Harold Family Botanical Gardens

These beautiful gardens are the perfect place to explore or relax. You may also have the opportunity to sample some local produce grown in the gardens.


Workout Station

There are two workout stations at the park. One is located near the train playground and the other is near the Mable the Owl playground.

Bonnet Springs Park workout center

The Crenshaw Canopy Walk

Get an incredible view of the park from the stunning Crenshaw Canopy Walk. A wonderful way to experience the park and exercise.


Ruthven Family Playground

This 2-acre playground contains many natural play elements and features fun equipment for all ages including swings, climbing structure, water feature, sand play area, slides and more.

My son really enjoyed the sand play area and water feature.

Joe L. and Karen Ruthven Train Playground

This is a smaller play area located in the Heritage Gardens next to the Welcome Center. Kids will have a great time climbing this play structure, going down the slide or using their imagination to transport passengers.

Mable the Owl Playground

This is such a cool play structure. Children can climb or enjoy the slide while playing on Mable the Owl.

Mable the Owl at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland, Florida

*PLEASE NOTE: More playgrounds are coming soon. Will add pictures and updates as soon as the playgrounds are completed.


Café and Wine Bar

The cafe at the Hollis Welcome Center serves coffee and snacks. In the evening the cafe transforms into a wine bar.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Rooftop Bar

This will be a popular spot for adults visiting the park. Great place to unwind after a busy day. You will also enjoy an amazing view of the park while sipping on your favorite beverage.

The Depot Cafe

You can order burgers, wraps, salads and more inside the Depot Cafe. There’s also an ice cream shop located inside.


The Citizen’s Bank & Trust Ballroom and Wesley Bank Patio accommodates up to 400 guests for weddings, reunions, corporate retreats and conventions. The space includes a ballroom with the latest in lighting and presentation technology, wedding terrace and state of the art outdoor kitchen, overlooking the botanical gardens.

Planning a wedding or fashion show? There is a changing room available with an area for makeup or hair, TV, bathroom and rack to hang clothes.


This 47,800 sq ft facility offers amazing indoor and outdoor opportunities for science, discovery and play. There are two floors of galleries that include tons of interactive experiences. You can check out our experience at the museum.

Florida Children's Museum at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland, FL
Front view of the Florida Children’s Museum at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland


  • The Welcome Center
  • Florida Children’s Museum
  • Ruthven Family Playground
  • Event Center

Enjoy these pictures I snapped while exploring the park.

Watch the Tour of Bonnet Springs Park

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