Lettuce Lake Regional Park
Lettuce Lake Regional Park
4.5
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Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family favorites. A 1.25 mile bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meander through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven to study nature. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, leads to a 3,500-foot boardwalk and an observation tower where visitors can view an extensive variety of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent to visitors to experience a wholenew side of the Park.
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  • Carmen K
    Cartersville, Georgia13 contributions
    Peaceful lunchtime visit
    Great place to take small kids for a picnic. Plenty of tables, play areas and climbing trees. Boardwalk is relatively short and we saw several alligators/birds. It cost $2 to enter the park.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2022
  • ddallas1969
    Linthicum Heights, Maryland729 contributions
    Gators oh my!
    WOW! We were in town for a wedding and stopped here. We loved all the critters! Alligators, storks, cranes, lizards.....it was so nice. We walked the trails. I would love to come back. You can also rent kayaks and we would've loved to if we had time. For only $25 you can paddle for 4 hours!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • shasta2088
    Rockaway Park, New York1,363 contributions
    Hidden gem! Great large park made accessible.
    Beautiful place! We were staying at a hotel nearby and my son is into birding, so we thought we'd stop in. $2 parking fee gets you all dayin the park. It's a wide expanse but the accessible trails work in a circle, off multiple parking lots so you can walk most of it easily. There is a long extended boardwalk so as to stay away from the flora/fauna and gators but the lake is accessible (kayaks/canoes) if you want to go that route. Definitely visit the indoor exhibit with dozens of (stuffed) locals, and make your way out on the boardwalk to the tower whih offer great views (stairs only, 3-4 flights). There are open fields and playground options for kids to play too.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • MK in the STL
    Weldon Spring, Missouri232 contributions
    A must-visit! Very well worth the low admission cost!
    Wife, three boys, and I were visiting Tampa and this place was highly recommended as a "place to learn and kill time." Boy did we do both! It's just a $2 cash only admission per vehicle. You drive to the visitor center and then enter the boardwalk. The visitor center is the halfway point on the half-mile boardwalk. The boardwalk is a great way to view the local wildlife. Many alligators (mostly young), water fowl, some fish, and other birds can be seen all from the safety of the elevated boardwalk. There is also a lookout tower to get an even better view of the beautiful Hillsborough River. They do rent canoes but we did not arrive in time to do any of those. Plus, we wouldn't have any way. I don't feel like canoeing out into alligator infested waters all to say "oh, pretty" when it can easily be done from the boardwalk tower. But, if that's your thing, go for it! Just watch the times since they cut off the rentals early in the afternoon. All in all it's a wonderful place to bring the family and learn about the local wildlife up close!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • reise3
    1,081 contributions
    Nice park!
    Great park - There are nicely maintained boardwalks along the water, hiking trails, an observation tower, reasonable canoe/kayak rentals, a visitors center, & more. Only $2 (cash only) per vehicle to enter. It’s also dog friendly, except on the boardwalks.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Amie R
    Naples, Florida5 contributions
    Great park ...hidden gem!
    Boyfriend and I are here for a concert and needed to kill 2 hours. For $2 we went to Lettuce Lake Park and rode our electric bikes. Very quiet and the beautiful! Unfortunately it rained so we didn't do the boardwalk but we did find one of the canoe launches. Great places for families...tons of shade , some playgrounds, and shelters.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
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Amie R
Naples, FL5 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
Boyfriend and I are here for a concert and needed to kill 2 hours. For $2 we went to Lettuce Lake Park and rode our electric bikes. Very quiet and the beautiful! Unfortunately it rained so we didn't do the boardwalk but we did find one of the canoe launches. Great places for families...tons of shade , some playgrounds, and shelters.
Written 14 July 2023
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reise3
1,081 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Great park - There are nicely maintained boardwalks along the water, hiking trails, an observation tower, reasonable canoe/kayak rentals, a visitors center, & more. Only $2 (cash only) per vehicle to enter. It’s also dog friendly, except on the boardwalks.
Written 24 June 2023
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Nightowl_RN
Charlotte, NC182 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Solo
Beautiful park, great boardwalks and hiking trails. Lots of wildlife. Plenty of space to picnic or bike ride! A bird watchers paradise. Fun for a quick solo morning nature walk.
Written 28 May 2023
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MK in the STL
Weldon Spring, MO232 contributions
Mar. 2023
Wife, three boys, and I were visiting Tampa and this place was highly recommended as a "place to learn and kill time." Boy did we do both!

It's just a $2 cash only admission per vehicle. You drive to the visitor center and then enter the boardwalk. The visitor center is the halfway point on the half-mile boardwalk.

The boardwalk is a great way to view the local wildlife. Many alligators (mostly young), water fowl, some fish, and other birds can be seen all from the safety of the elevated boardwalk. There is also a lookout tower to get an even better view of the beautiful Hillsborough River.

They do rent canoes but we did not arrive in time to do any of those. Plus, we wouldn't have any way. I don't feel like canoeing out into alligator infested waters all to say "oh, pretty" when it can easily be done from the boardwalk tower. But, if that's your thing, go for it! Just watch the times since they cut off the rentals early in the afternoon.

All in all it's a wonderful place to bring the family and learn about the local wildlife up close!
Written 26 March 2023
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shasta2088
Rockaway Park, NY1,363 contributions
Mar. 2023
Beautiful place! We were staying at a hotel nearby and my son is into birding, so we thought we'd stop in. $2 parking fee gets you all dayin the park. It's a wide expanse but the accessible trails work in a circle, off multiple parking lots so you can walk most of it easily. There is a long extended boardwalk so as to stay away from the flora/fauna and gators but the lake is accessible (kayaks/canoes) if you want to go that route. Definitely visit the indoor exhibit with dozens of (stuffed) locals, and make your way out on the boardwalk to the tower whih offer great views (stairs only, 3-4 flights). There are open fields and playground options for kids to play too.
Written 21 March 2023
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ddallas1969
Linthicum Heights, MD729 contributions
Mar. 2023
WOW! We were in town for a wedding and stopped here. We loved all the critters! Alligators, storks, cranes, lizards.....it was so nice. We walked the trails. I would love to come back. You can also rent kayaks and we would've loved to if we had time. For only $25 you can paddle for 4 hours!
Written 16 March 2023
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Carmen K
Cartersville, GA13 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Great place to take small kids for a picnic. Plenty of tables, play areas and climbing trees. Boardwalk is relatively short and we saw several alligators/birds. It cost $2 to enter the park.
Written 31 December 2022
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urn4life
Upper Marlboro, MD13 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
This was really an interesting and informative activity. I was expecting a park but this is so much more! Where else can you find alligators, water fowl, turtles and frogs up close and personal
Written 15 November 2022
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Road06968062012
2 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Family
Was $2 for entrance. Really nice boardwalk, saw several alligator, turtles and lots of birds. The small nature center was really cool, had clean modern bathrooms. Didn’t get to complete boardwalk or see tower as it was a short visit but definitely look forward to visiting again!
Written 8 November 2022
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Starviagera
Florida2,115 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Perfect for Halloween with the dead or wintering shrubs. Very well done and maintained. The tower and boardwalk are a must. Please don’t speak loud, don’t run up and down it scares the wildlife!
Written 27 October 2022
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