Longwood, FL Parks & Recreation
Longwood’s oldest resident is the 3500 year old bald cypress tree, the Senator. This enormous tree helped Longwood lay down roots by providing a landmark to Native Americans that traveled the area along a trading route. Now, the tree is the center piece of the 1400 acre Spring Hammock Preserve area. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking.
Longwood offers residents the use of a number of city parks that provide access to baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, fishing lakes and picnic areas - and is home to the 1,400 acre Spring Hammock Preserve area - just to name a few of the amenities.
For residents seeking a slower pace, the many area state parks provide serenity in Central Florida. Local state parks such as Wekiwa Springs State Park and Blue Spring State Park, present nature lovers the opportunity to swim in the pristine waters of the Floridan Aquifer and the Wekiva River. These and other area state parks offer swimming, canoeing, hiking, camping and picnicking among wild Florida.
At Hontoon Island State Park, visitors can access the park by private boat or park ferry. Once on the island, hiking, canoeing and primitive camping are available. DeLeon Springs offers a chance to swim in clear spring water and to eat self-made pancakes at the park restaurant. Patrons of the restaurant are seated at tables with built in griddles and invited to make-their-own pancakes.