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Park It in July

Posted on July 1st, 2008 by

Categories: Nature

July is National Recreation and Parks month and we are asking you to celebrate. We’ll even throw in a good excuse for you to celebrate: on Sunday, July 13, the state of Florida is waiving admission to all state parks. That means you can enjoy any of the state parks in Sunny Central Florida (Colt Creek, Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek and Lake Kissimmee) on that day with your family without the normal charge. Colt Creek State Park is also planning some special events during July that you should check out:

Sunset Tram Tour – A Ride on the Wild Side, Sat., July 5, 8 p.m. – Experience a slow tram tour through the back country of the park to get a glimpse of the parks wildlife as the sun begins to set.  This tour takes approximately 1.5 hours and is suitable for all ages.  Keep in mind that the tram can be a little bumpy and dusty depending on road conditions.  Regular park admission fees apply.  For more information, call (863) 815-6761.

Hope Equine Rescue Poker Event, Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Join the Hope Equine Rescue Center for their first Equestrian Poker Ride at Colt Creek State Park to help raise money and awareness of Hope Equine Rescue.  Lunch will be provided to participants by Hope Staff.  All donations received during this event will go to the Hope Equine Rescue Center to fund their efforts.  First riders will depart at 8 a.m. and last will depart at 10:30 a.m.  Regular park admission fees apply.  For more information, contact Julia Marshall at jmarshall@mggi.com.

If you have never been to Colt Creek State Park….where have you been? If you are going for the first time, here are some directions:

Directions to Colt Creek State Park:The park is located 16 miles north of Lakeland, just south of the Withlacoochee River off of State Road 471.  From I-4, take exit #32 and proceed north on U.S. 98 approximately 13 miles.  Turn right onto State Road 471.  From I-75, take exit #301 and proceed east on State Road 50 for approximately 13 miles.  Turn right onto State Road 471.  The entrance to the park is 3.8 miles north of U.S. 98 and 17 miles south of State Road 50.

 Also, don’t forget about Sunny Central Florida’s other great parks. Polk County Leisure Services offers more than 60 facilities for sports, camping, picnics and anything else you want to do outdoors, including a great new dog park. Check them all out here.

So, celebrate with us and leave the “great indoors” for the Great Outdoors in July…and every month.

 

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