Highlighting must see Attractions
The 88 acres that make up the West Lake Park Recreational Area, on the south side of Sheridan Street, include picnic areas, a biking/jogging path, tennis and racquetball courts, volleyball areas, and a playground. Two 45+ capacity picnic shelters are available for rental, and theres a marina where kayaks and canoes can be rented to follow three canoe trails and explore the 350 acres of West Lake's open waters. There is also a childrens wheelchair-accessible playground with splash fountain.
The Anne Kolb Nature Center, opened in 1996 and named after the late County Commissioner and environmentalist, includes a five-level observation tower, a fishing pier, two nature trails, and an outdoor amphitheater (250 capacity). An exhibit hall features nature displays, a 3,500-gallon aquarium, and a 10-minute ecological-themed video, and the 6,060-square-foot Mangrove Hall, complete with kitchen facilities, can be rented for weddings, receptions, meetings, and other activities.
See a touch of history on 60 acres of lush gardens, showcasing rare, exotic and native plants. Tour the citrus groves and the Wray Botanical Collection. Explore the "Free-Flight" Aviary, Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary and historic Wray Home. Visit our gift & garden shops and enjoy an eco-experience of the Florida Everglades.
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Spend a day of discovery exploring over 200 fascinating interactive exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science!
See sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, hang out with bats, be charmed by a 12-foot snake, plus pet alligators, turtles, and iguanas.
Explore our new 11,000 square foot nature trail and learn about Florida's amazing Everglades in the Living in the Everglades exhibit.