My favorite part about Lettuce Lake Park [6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33637] is the extensive boardwalk along the shores of the swampy lake.
It isn’t exceedingly long, but I felt myself take such a long time walking it because there were so many observations to make. You can see where the park gets its name, the green vegetation is omnipresent.
With a keen eye you are sure to see gators,
turtles, and snail shells hidden below.
The birding is top notch, you will see plenty of wading birds,
ducks, birds of prey, and other not so commonly seen birds.
At the end of the boardwalk there was a woman kind enough to point out the tail feathers of a barred owl.
Dirt and paved paths also meander through the forest.
Take the spur trail leading to the swamps, you never know what you might find! A beautiful snake was waiting for me as I had the quiet overlook all to myself.
Kayak rentals are available for a different perspective, there are also picnic shelters. The park requires a small admission fee, worth it for what you get to see!