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Lettuce Lake Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at this huge city park with wildlife, nature trails, a play area and canoeing on the water.

The scenic Lettuce Lake Park is 240 acres (97 hectares) of wetlands, forested areas and open spaces. It offers a host of recreational activities for all the family, including cycling and jogging trails, wooded picnic areas and a children’s playground.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the extensive boardwalk system. Leading from the visitor’s center, it runs into the wetlands and passes oak, pine and cypress trees. Along the route, you may see alligators, snakes, egrets and many other types of wildlife. Make sure you bring a camera with you. Many of the animals are camouflaged by the dense undergrowth, but keen eyes and patience will be rewarded with some fantastic photographs.

Meander along the boardwalk to reach a lookout tower. Climb up the stairs of its three levels for an elevated view of the lake and surrounding area. Take a separate nature trail or jog and cycle along the 1.25-mile (2-kilometer) paved path.

Lettuce Lake is so called because of the swamp lettuce plants that grow in vast quantities here. It’s not actually a lake. The shallow body of water is connected to the Hillsborough River at one end.

Enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge in one of the waterside shelters available for rent. For prices and details, visit Hillsborough County’s official website.

Many visitors come here to get on the water. Rent a single or double kayak or a canoe for a period of up to four hours.

To learn more about the flora and fauna around the lake, go to the visitor’s center to view its exhibits. On the weekends, there are free nature walks with park rangers. They meet every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Lettuce Lake Park is open every day. Opening hours are seasonal, so check the park’s website before visiting.


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Courtyard by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher $80
Courtyard by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

13575 Cypress Glen Ln, Tampa, FL
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lettuce Lake Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Flatwoods Wilderness Park and Morris Bridge Park. University of South Florida and Adventure Island are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 - University Area $71
    Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 - University Area

    Holiday Inn Express Tampa N I-75 - University Area

    13294 Telecom Drive, Tampa, FL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from University of South Florida and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Museum of Science and Industry. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Florida State Fairgrounds are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      WoodSpring Suites Tampa - USF - Near Busch Gardens $70
      WoodSpring Suites Tampa - USF - Near Busch Gardens

      WoodSpring Suites Tampa - USF - Near Busch Gardens

      12162 Morris Bridge Rd, Tampa, FL
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the business district, this hotel is close to Lettuce Lake Park, Yuengling Center, and Flatwoods Wilderness Park. Local attractions also include Morris Bridge Park and USF Baseball Stadium.

        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa North $102
        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa North

        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa North

        8210 Hidden River Pkwy, Tampa, FL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lettuce Lake Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Flatwoods Wilderness Park. University of South Florida and Adventure Island are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher $76
          TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

          TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

          6800 Woodstork Dr, Tampa, FL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lettuce Lake Park and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Yuengling Center. The Claw at USF and USF Baseball Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa North-Fletcher Avenue $99
            Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa North-Fletcher Avenue

            Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa North-Fletcher Avenue

            13420 N Telecom Pkwy, Tampa, FL
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lettuce Lake Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Yuengling Center. The Claw at USF and USF Baseball Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North Busch Gardens $90
              Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North Busch Gardens

              Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North Busch Gardens

              13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd, Tampa, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the business district, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Museum of Science and Industry, Moffitt Cancer Center, and University of South Florida. Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Extended Stay America - Tampa - North - USF-Attractions $66
                Extended Stay America - Tampa - North - USF-Attractions

                Extended Stay America - Tampa - North - USF-Attractions

                12242 Morris Bridge Rd, Tampa, FL
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Temple Terrace, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lettuce Lake Park, Flatwoods Wilderness Park, and Morris Bridge Park. University of South Florida and Adventure Island are also within 6 mi (10 km).