Lake Lotus Park

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.

Lake Lotus Park is the City of Altamonte Springs’ nature preserve. The total area is approximately 150 acres, including 120 acres of woods and wetlands. The property around Lake Lotus was purchased in the late 1800s as settlers came from around the country for the large amounts of land and desirable climate. The arrival of the railway spurred the development of the area and the property was turned into Lake Lotus Park. In 1972, the City of Altamonte Springs purchased the property to keep the unique ecosystem preserved from development. The park is a diverse, natural habitat that provides limitless natural encounters with flora and fauna.

Park Amenities

  • 120 Acres of Woods and Wetlands
  • 1 Mile of Raised Boardwalk
  • Enclosed Window on the Lake
  • Picnic Pavilions and Barbeque Grills
  • Enclosed Pavilion for Rental Events
  • Education Center
  • Fishing Pier
  • Playground Areas
  • Restrooms

Park Rules

  • 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.

Special Events

  • Ranger Guided Tours
    Guided tours are conducted quarterly by a certified park ranger. Reservations are requested. Please call for date, time and to reserve space.
  • Bird Banding
    Banding takes place most Sundays (weather permitting) from August to May. Contact andybgator@yahoo.com for more information.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    A special yearly event occurs in late April. Contact Events Management at (407) 571-8857 for more information.
  • Invasive Plant Removal and Air Potato Raid
    These events are held regularly by volunteer organizations. Please contact a park ranger to discuss the date and time of the next group event.

Parking

Weekday parking is available inside the park near the pavilions in the center of the park. Tram service is available from the off-site parking area on weekends and during special events.

Pavilion Rentals

Pavilions are available for rent by the day or half day. Open pavilions not rented in advance can be used on a first-come, first-serve basis when available. To make a reservation, call (407) 293-8885.