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Tuscawilla Park - Ocala, FL

550 miles may be a long way to travel to see this awesome garbage can - yes, it’s a frog that says, “Feed me! I love litter” - but hear me out. 😂

There are many transplants in the Triangle, and even more folks with relatives living in other states, so if you plan to head through central Florida anytime soon on a road trip, make Tuscawilla Park in Ocala a stop to let everyone get some ya-yas out.

The playground at this park is accessible with squishy ground and has something for everyone. Ruth especially loved the pirate ship theme in the smaller kids play area. Peter went bananas over the old-school merry-go-round. There is plenty of open space to run around, a small stream with some ducks, a mini free library, picnic tables to sit, and some public art by a lake. Not to mention, awesome garbage cans. (There’s more than just the frog, but I don’t want to spoil everything for you.)

Besides for all this, directly across the street is the Discovery Center (picture 9 here), which if you have a Durham Life & Science membership, this is a reciprocal science center and you can get in for FREE.

Two tips:

• the bathroom is a stand-alone shelter across the street next to Discovery Center, NOT the shelter on the side of the road with the playground that very much looks like it would have a bathroom. 😂

• there are a few attempts at canopies and there are some covered shelters, but this park is not the best at creating shade - sunblock probably needed.

And last, but not least, if you need a meal or a snack, there’s a @wawa about 5 minutes away. Where are my Wawa fans???

Do you do a lot of road trip traveling with your family? Let us know in the comments where you head to and if we make a road trip there, too, we’ll try to find parks along the way!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram on January 31, 2024, and Facebook on May 21, 2024.)

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