Lake/Sumter County

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
Aesop's Park

Aesop's Park features a small "tree house" themed playground structure, a pond with a fishing pier ( ...

501 East Caroline Street, Tavares, FL, 32778
Restrooms: Yes
Bourlay Historic Nature Park

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

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 beauti ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 t ...

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 ...

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 ...

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- ...

11490 Montevista Road, Clermont, FL, 34711

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants na ...

Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead

The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a ...

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 explo ...

28057 SR 471, 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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 diversi ...

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 ...

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-se ...

3089 U.S. 441/27, Fruitland Park, FL, 34731
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Hiawatha Preserve

Lake Hiawatha Preserve is a 220-acre passive park that includes two dog parks, a playground, picnic ...

450 12th Street, Clermont, FL, 34711
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Idamere Park

Lake Idamere Park features a large "boundless" playground for children of any ability to play, picni ...

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 L ...

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 sp ...

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 *Mou ...

6085 E. SR 44, Wildwood, FL, 34785
Restrooms: Yes

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in ...

Lower Wekiva River Preserve

Central Florida nature exists in its purest form along four miles of the Wekiva River and Blackwater ...

8300 W State Road 46, Sanford, FL, 32771
Restrooms: Yes
Minneola Trailhead Park

This seventeen acre park is open from 7am to 7pm daily. Residents may freely use the dog park, baske ...

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 ...

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 th ...

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 p ...

411 South Tremain Street, Mount Dora, FL, 32757
Restrooms: Yes
Pine Meadows Conservation Area

Pine Meadows is a 770-acre conservation area, complete with more than six miles of passive recreatio ...

1795 Pine Meadows Golf Course Rd, Eustis, FL, 32736
Restrooms: Yes
Richloam Wildlife Management Area

Richloam WMA is one of seven large tracts of land that make up the Withlacoochee State Forest. The R ...

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 ...

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 Autho ...

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 shall ...

Sawgrass Island Road, Umatilla, FL, 32784
Restrooms: No
Seminole State Forest

Seminole State Forest offers many recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Over 21 mi ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

100 3rd Street, Clermont, FL, 34711
Restrooms: Yes