Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Lake County and Sumter County, Florida area.
Kids Lake County and Sumter County: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Lake Kids
Listings
Bourlay Historic Nature Park

This 88-acre park donated by Arthur “Buddy” Bourlay III in 1999, is an important part of Leesburg’s History. This property is the site of the first st ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
910 North Canal Street, Leesburg, FL, 34748
Crooked River Preserve

Located in the rapidly-growing south end of Lake County, this 64-acre preserve now protects a beautiful undisturbed section of waterfront on Lake Loui ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
11121 Lake Louisa Road, Clermont, FL, 34711
Restrooms: Yes
Croom Wildlife Management Area

Croom WMA is located in Hernando and Sumter counties northeast of Brooksville, and encompasses more than 20,000 acres. This tract of the Withlacoochee ...

Free: Yes
Area: Sumter County
County Road 476, Nobleton, FL, 34601
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, acquired by the State of Florida in 1921, is the second oldest site in the state whose protection and preservati ...

Area: Sumter County
7200 County Road 603, Bushnell, FL, 33513
Discovery Gardens

Discovery Gardens is nestled on just 4 ½ acres behind the Lake County Agricultural Center. With 20 themed gardens, including a butterfly garden and ba ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, FL, 32778
Restrooms: Yes
Ferndale Preserve

Ferndale Preserve is located on the western shore of Lake Apopka and just a few miles from Sugarloaf Mountain the highest point in peninsular Florida. ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
19220 County Road 455, Ferndale, FL, 34715
Restrooms: Yes
Flat Island Preserve

This property safeguards an impressive and relatively undisturbed natural area consisting of marshes, hardwood swamps, and upland hardwood hammocks. T ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
2301 Owens Road, Leesburg, FL, 34748
Restrooms: Yes
Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, The

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail was conceived to provide direct, immediate benefit to the Florida scrub-jay and its surrounding habitat, and to raise awar ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
11490 Montevista Road, Clermont, FL, 34711
Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and th ...

Area: North Lake County, South Lake County, Sumter County
Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead

The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a 20x20 foot overlook offering exceptional views of ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
20700 County Road 455, Montverde, FL, 34756
Restrooms: Yes
Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve - East Tract

The area is an ideal place where visitors, from school groups to master birders, can visit and explore some of central Florida’s flora and fauna found ...

Free: Yes
Area: Sumter County
Rock Ridge Road, Webster, FL, 33597
Restrooms: No
Half Moon-Gum Slough

This property was acquired to protect and preserve natural water resources and the water quality of the Withlacoochee River, Gum Slough and associated ...

Free: Yes
Area: Sumter County
8864 CR 247, Lake Panasoffkee, FL, 33538
Restrooms: Yes
Haynes Creek Preserve

Haynes Creek Preserve is primarily an island that lies between a canal and Haynes Creek and is also a launch point for the Lake Eustis Run Blueway Tra ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
34606 S. Haines Creek Road, Leesburg, FL, 34788
Restrooms: No
Hickory Point Recreational Facility

Hickory Point Park is a perfect destination for a day's outing. Guest can enjoy the swimming beach, boardwalks, outdoor picnic areas with barbecue gri ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
27341 State Road 19, Tavares, FL, 32778
Restrooms: Yes
Hidden Waters Preserve

The differences in elevation on this 90 acre site, as well as the varying wet conditions and diversity of vegetation make this Preserve unique. A cont ...

Area: North Lake County
Country Club Road, Eustis, FL, 32726
Restrooms: No
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is The most spectacular and unique environmental sanctuary in all of Central Florida. Open Fri.-Sun. from sunrise to 1 ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
2803 Lust Road, Apopka, FL, 32703
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Griffin State Park features a boat ramp to Lake Griffin, canoeing and kayaking, camping, geo-seeking, hiking/nature trail, a picnic pavilion, fis ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
3089 U.S. 441/27, Fruitland Park, FL, 34731
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Idamere Park

Lake Idamere Park features a large "boundless" playground for children of any ability to play, picnic tables and pavilions, canoeing, kayaking, a fish ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
12335 County Road 448, Tavares, FL, 32778
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Louisa State Park is noted for its beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes. Lake Louisa, the largest in a chain of 13 lakes, is desi ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, FL, 34714
Lake Norris Conservation Area

The property’s uplands provide important habitat for the threatened black bear and for species of special concern including gopher tortoises and burro ...

Area: North Lake County
38343 Lake Norris Road, Eustis, FL, 32736
Restrooms: No
Lake Okahumpka Park

This 130 acre park features: *Bike Trail *Boat Ramp *Frisbee Golf *Grill *Horseshoe Pit *Mountain Bike Trail *Pavilion *Pet Station *Picnic ...

Free: Yes
Area: Sumter County
6085 E. SR 44, Wildwood, FL, 34785
Restrooms: Yes
Letterboxing

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

Area: North Lake County, South Lake County, Sumter County
Lower Wekiva River Preserve

Central Florida nature exists in its purest form along four miles of the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. For thousands of years, Native Americans v ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
Restrooms: Yes
Minneola Trailhead Park

This seventeen acre park is open from 7am to 7pm daily. Residents may freely use the dog park, basketball court, ball field, playground, and pavilion ...

Area: South Lake County
315 Madison Street, Minneola, FL, 34715
Restrooms: Yes
Oakland Nature Preserve

The Preserve is located in Oakland, Florida and open 365 days a year. The beautiful wooden boardwalk, upland nature trails and Environmental Education ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL, 34760
Restrooms: Yes
Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR) Park

Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve (PEAR Park) “Gateway” is the front 50 acres of the park offering numerous recreational amenities in ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg, FL, 34748
Restrooms: Yes
Palm Island Park

Located at the end of Liberty Avenue and south of Tremain Street on Lake Dora, this 8-acre natural preservation area offers 3 picnic pavilions, trails ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
411 South Tremain Street, Mount Dora, FL, 32757
Restrooms: Yes
Richloam Wildlife Management Area

Richloam WMA is one of seven large tracts of land that make up the Withlacoochee State Forest. The Richloam Tract, consisting of more than 58,000 acre ...

Free: Yes
Area: Sumter County
28057 FL-471, Webster, FL, 33597
Rock Springs Run State Reserve

Sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, swamps, and miles of pristine shoreline along Rock Springs Run and the Wekiva River make this reserve a refuge of nat ...

Area: North Lake County
30601 County Road 433, Sorrento, FL, 32776
Restrooms: Yes
Sabal Bluff Preserve

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Griffin. This 55-acre property was donated to the Water Authority by the late Arthur 'Buddy' Bourlay II for the ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
Leesburg Mobile City Road, Leesburg, FL, 34788
Restrooms: No
Sawgrass Island Preserve

This 1,137-acre site is located at the north end of Lake Yale. The major feature is a 600-acre shallow marsh. Approximately 61% of the property is com ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
Sawgrass Island Road, Umatilla, FL, 32784
Restrooms: No
Seminole State Forest

Seminole State Forest offers many recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Over 21 miles of hiking trails have been developed by the Fl ...

Area: North Lake County
Wekiva River Bridge, Sorrento, FL, 32736
Restrooms: Yes
Tavares Nature Park

This is a passive park containing 101 acres, with nature trails and a dock on Lake Dora.

Area: North Lake County
1551 Milwaukee Avenue, Tavares, FL, 32778
Trout Lake Nature Center

Trout Lake Nature Center is a 230 acre wildlife preserve located near the southern entrance to Ocala National Forest in Eustis, Florida, between the c ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
520 East County Rd 44, Eustis, FL, 32726
Restrooms: Yes
Twin Lakes Park

Twin Lakes Park offers the opportunity to enjoy a quiet picnic while the children play in one of the two playgrounds, shoot baskets on the basketball ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
35303 County Road 473, Leesburg, FL, 34788
Restrooms: Yes
Venetian Gardens

Venetian Gardens features a gazebo (available for rental), a regulation size pool with bathhouse, 7 islands with beautiful landscaping, Ski Beach, and ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Lake County
109 E Dixie Avenue, Leesburg, FL, 34748
Restrooms: Yes
Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is conveniently located along Lake Minneola, nestled between East Avenue and Eighth Street. Passing through the park is "Rails to Tra ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Lake County
100 3rd Street, Clermont, FL, 34711
Restrooms: Yes