I’m lucky that I live so close to a lot of Florida’s parks. One of my favorites is Lettuce Lake Park in the Temple Terrace area, and today The Younger, my mother and father, my mother’s cousin, and I all went to walk on the boardwalk.
There’s such a calming effect being surrounded by nature in it’s unaltered state, and this boardwalk is a great way to get there. Both sides offer looks at Florida native plants and flowers, and there are so many different species of birds! There are pictures and information about the birds you might see located at different spots on the boardwalk, and The Younger loved trying to find the birds pictured. She was also interested in the cypress trees, and she called them “part of the spooky forest.”
Today she got to see butterflies, herons, woodpeckers, storks, egrets, wood ducks, ibis, and even turkeys!
Sharing these experiences with my kids is so wonderful, and I love listening the the questions they ask. I plan to pull a few ideas from what The Younger seemed to be most interested in and so some fun projects in the upcoming weeks.
Lettuce Lake Park offers all sorts of activities. There’s a playground, canoe and kayak rentals, bike trial, walking trails, and more! If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, this is one park you do not want to miss.