6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33637
Admission: $2 per vehicle up to eight people, and $1 per person after that. Canoe/kayak rental: $25 up to four hours
Opened in 1982, this park is a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers wooded picnic areas and a playground. A bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meanders through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven for nature study. 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. A new canoe/kayak launch area, has boats for rent to experience a whole new side of the park.