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Lettuce Lake Regional Park, Tampa

(4.7/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Explore a variety of ecosystems at Lettuce Lake Regional Park. See wetlands with alligators, oak forests, cypress trees, and floodplains as you walk on the more than 1,067 m (3,500 ft) boardwalk. From the boardwalk, make your way to the observation tower for a view of the entire park. From here, you can spot the open field with picnic tables, barbecue pits, and plenty of space to play sports. You also can view the natural surroundings from the water in a rented kayak or canoe. Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing to beat the heat, and remember to bring drinking water. There's a free, guided nature tour from the visitor center on weekend mornings. Use our Tampa trip itinerary maker to visit Lettuce Lake Regional Park on your trip to Tampa, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • What a great spot that is right in the city. I would give it 5 stars except for the $2 admission charge which is just an annoyance  more »
  • great place for family trips, there are several trails along the edge of the lake, very easy to walk, you can see alligators, turtles, birds and fishes.  more »
  • Easy access travel to this well-marked location. Well- maintained paved as well as worn trails. If biking, hiking and/ or bird-watching is not your goal, then bring a picnic lunch for the many shelter...  more »
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  • Well maintained with beautiful scenery all around. Also offers excellent opportunities for wildlife, like scarlet spoonbills and barred owls, in addition to egrets and alligators. If you come here, bring a camera! In addition to the boardwalk, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy, with plenty of tables around. Well worth the $2 per car!
  • Lots of wildlife in this beautiful park. It has a nice paved trail for running or biking and a boardwalk that takes you to the water. An observation tower gives you a 360 degree view of the lovely landscape. Definitely a great place to visit while in the area!
  • This is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited. The trees and vegetation were amazing along with the many birds and other wildlife on the trails. The views from the boardwalk were spectacular. This park is well worth a visit.
  • My favorite spot in all of Florida! I love Lettuce Lake--canoeing and kayaking here is amazing. There are some gators but to me that is an added bonus. If you don't like nature, you probably shouldn't be here. If you like bonding with your friends paddling one of the nicest views in Florida, this spot is for you.
  • Amazing park! Just don't bring your dog on the boardwalk or the crazy bird people will get mad! Ended up doing 3 miles total. Lots of shade and things to look at!