When it comes to places to go and things to do, the Bartow offers a lot. Whether you’re into sports, fitness, nature or history, you’re sure to find the right activity in Bartow.
Those seeking tranquility can picnic in one of the area’s beautiful parks, or take a relaxing walk through a pristine nature preserve. The Bartow area is also a favorite for those who enjoy cycling. Miles of roadways with a variety of terrain make Bartow an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors. Summerlin Park at Wilson Lake offers a beautiful three-quarter mile walking/jogging path around Wilson Lake complete with benches and restrooms. For a list of upcoming progams & events, click here. If you like to fish, you’ll have access to many streams and lakes throughout Polk County. The Bartow Chamber of Commerce can provide a list of guide services that can take you to some of the nation’s top bass spots.
Indoor recreation more to your liking? Perhaps you enjoy learning about the past. Bartow is a city proud of its unique area historical sites including the Polk County Historical Museum. If you’re interested in your own family history, check out the Polk County Genealogical Library located in the same building. Bartow’s Public Library offers an inter-library loan service in conjunction with the Florida State Library and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium giving those who are into research or reading endless resources.
If you’re into art, the nearby Polk Museum of Art offers works both historic and contemporary that visit the Museum as traveling exhibitions. Just outside the main galleries is the George Jenkins Student Gallery, dedicated to showcasing the works of Polk County public school students year round. The Perkins Gallery houses traveling exhibitions, usually by a single artist. Upstairs, the Murray and Ledger Galleries exhibit traveling exhibitions and permanent collection exhibits. Dorothy Jenkins Gallery & Emily S. Macey Gallery are the two main galleries featuring works from artists with national and local traveling exhibitions. The museum is located in Lakeland.
1255 West Polk Street: 5.5-acre site community center building with meeting rooms and kitchen, weight room with Nautilus machines, one lighted softball field, one lighted outdoor basketball court, playground, picnic shelter with grill, restrooms.
800 Oaklawn Avenue: 10-acre site recreation center with gymnasium, meeting rooms and kitchen, playground, two lighted racquetball courts, two lighted tennis courts, picnic shelter with four tables and grill.
Just east of the Bartow Civic Center: 116-acre park 19 picnic pavilions with grills, 69 picnic tables, four soccer fields, concession stand, two restrooms buildings, tot and youth playgrounds. Reservation fees for picnic pavilions: $60 for large pavilions and $30 for small pavilions, which includes clean-up by the city prior to use. Unreserved pavilions may be used without charge when available. Three lakes (Heron, Cardinal and Purple Martin) are interconnected. Fishing is allowed from shore, piers, and boats (no gasoline engines permitted). Youth overnight camping area at Camp Crickette. Skateboard park near south end.
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