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Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida. Comprising 1267acre at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida, the area is managed by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). It is jointly owned by the BOCC and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.Polk's Nature Discovery Center, completed in 2008, features interactive displays about the plants, animals and ecosystems of the reserve. The center serves as the focus of environmental education programs and explorations for families, school groups, teachers, adults and other visitors.Circle B Bar Reserve is named after the cattle ranch that once occupied the site. It was purchased to help maintain the Banana Creek marsh area. The preserve is home to an impressive array of birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes and bald eagles along with other wildlife like alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs. It underwent a wetland restoration effort.
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  • This was amazing!!! We saw so many different birds, gators, turtles and other wild life! I had an amazing time and if I lived here, I would have to be there every chance I had. It was awesome! 
  • When on holiday from Scotland to Orlando, we felt like we needed a break from the big parks and this was an ideal place to do it. And completely free! Upon arrival the gentleman at reception was very ...  read more »
  • We stopped by here after an 8 hr drive. We have four boys ages 10-2. The trail we took was quite muddy and I almost lost my flip flop in it but I still love the place. So much diversity. We didnt see ...  read more »
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