Tropical Park, developed on the site of a former horse track in 1979, attracts approximately 1,000,000 visitors annually. Visitors can enjoy bicycling, walking or running on the miles of paved pathways. Visitors can shape up on our fitness court or at our boxing center.
Tropical also has four separate lakes. The freshwater fishing lake is stocked with large-mouthed bass, bluegill, catfish and more, and hosts frequent fishing contests. Paddle boating on the boating lake, is also available. A nice surprise for visitors is the hidden lake, tucked away in a quiet corner of the park. Unfortunately, swimming is not permitted in these lakes. The Southern Lakes is home to the Fishing and Boating Safety Summer camp, sponsored by FWC.
The new two-acre dog park is divided into two areas, one for larger dogs weighing over 35 pounds and one for smaller dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Both areas feature play equipment, such as a tire jump, window jump, king-of-the-hill ramp, dog walk and others. The dog park also features dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a shade structure that overlaps both sides. The park includes a new promenade overlooking the lake, park benches along the promenade, new shade and flowering trees throughout, and a common area for dog owners with water fountains and an informational kiosk. A walkway connects all areas of the dog park and makes it ADA accessible.