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Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland

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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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  • If you are looking for something to do that is free and fun. You might want to check out the circle B Reserve. You can take a nature walk and see some beautiful animals in there natural habit.  more »
  • A hidden gem but yet so close to everything! A great place for walking and photography!! "Original" Florida at its best! Serene and beautiful. Enjoy the beauty and wildlife!  more »
  • What a great way to see wildlife up close. We had a guide that took us on a tram,(which we had called ahead to reserve space), through the many trails that are at the reserve. Let me back up, we arriv...  more »