Activity Review – Nature Walk at Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte Springs

ActivityReviewGraphicsBy Nathan Wertheimer
Independent Reviewer

Recently, I visited Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte Springs. Some things have changed since the last time I visited a few years ago. First timers will not notice the changes. If you have nothing to do on the weekend, this makes a great place to visit. This public park is free and open to everyone.

What does Lake Lotus Park have to offer? This is a great family friendly park. They have nature trails, playground, fishing pier, picnic tables, and BBQ grills, educational experiences, and much more. Sorry, no camping and hunting allowed on the property.

Because of COVD-19, the City of Altamonte Springs posted this statement on their website which says [City parks are now open with limited access. All park patrons are urged to follow established guidance on personal hygiene, hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. Those exhibiting symptoms of illness are strongly encouraged to self-isolate and limit personal interaction outside of their homes. Park visitors must maintain 6 feet of separation from others and adhere to social distancing guidelines in groups of 10 or fewer.] Plus, there is no facemask requirement for guests on the trails.

While at the park, there was much to see and do. I recommend bring a still/video camera with you to capture the moments of nature. As a photographer, I was able to capture wildlife, landscapes, close-up of plants, and much more. The park was not crowded like a theme park. Yes, you’ll see some people out on the trail. While on the trail, just listen and one can hear sound of wildlife animals. See if you can spot them. I spotted a few animals.

Some of the wildlife, which one might see, is birds, snakes, alligators, raccoons, fish, and much more. For your safety please be respectful towards these wild animals.

Here are the park rules:

  • They are No dogs or pets of any kind are permitted.
  • Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted.
  • Grills are available for charcoal only.
  • No ground fires.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • No camping or hunting.
  • No swimming.
  • No boat or canoe access.
  • Skateboards, roller skates, skate shoes, glass and gas grills are prohibited.
  • Bikes are only permitted on the paved road.
  • Fishing is only permitted on the pier. (A Florida fishing license is required.)
  • The park is not responsible for lost/stolen items.
  • Do not feed or tease the animals.
  • Do not remove, deface or disturb the park’s natural resources, including wildlife.
  • Do not litter or throw objects in the water.

It is a quick drive from Downtown Orlando to Southwest Altamonte Springs at Lake Lotus Park. Check your GPS for the best route there. Sorry, at this time, the satellite parking lot that located on the other side of the park near Maitland Blvd is closed. All visitors must enter through at the main gate at the park. Drive to the very back and one will see parking spaces, restrooms, and pavilions. The park’s address is 1153 Lake Lotus Park Road, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32810.

Come out and enjoy a day at Lake Lotus Park in Altamonte Springs. The best time to visit this park is when it opens. It is not recommended to visit the park during the peak time of day with the sun and heat is out. This is a hidden gem for the people of Central Florida. Leave the park the way you found it. For more information or questions about this event please visit https://www.altamonte.org/959/Lake-Lotus-Park .

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Source of information: First hand experience and Altamonte.org

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