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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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  • We took the free tour. The guide was informative and friendly. The wildlife was pointed out and the history of the area was told. We had fun and would do it again. I did wish that the tour was longer....  more »
  • Great, authentic, natural Florida. Best way to see the true Florida and enjoy nature while walking among the original inhabitants of the area; alligators, snakes, fish, turtles, bird. 
  • In 2015, for the first time visited. From now on, key element to this (free) park to visit. You will see all people with camera and tripod walk .... then you already know that there is much to see.
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