Spread over 150 acres of gorgeous natural landscape in Florence, Look Memorial Park is jam-packed with fun activities for every age and interest. It’s the perfect blend of natural beauty and awesome stuff to do.
Here’s more about what this unique park has to offer, and how you can visit today.
Look Park is the Disney World of Florence, and it’s a well-kept local secret.
Seriously, there’s so much to do here. You'll be entertained all day and still want to come back to try the things you missed.
Take a pedal boat for a relaxing cruise around the park.
Float around Willow Lake in a four-seater boat that you power with your feet, Flintstones-style. It’s only $8 per boat, which works out to a mere $2 per person if you fill all four seats. It’s an amazing way to get out on the water and soak up the scenery.
Brush up on your mini golf skills at their 18-hole course.
This mini golf course is actually located in a gorgeously landscaped garden. You’ll be surrounded by flowering bushes, fragrant blossoms and lovely waterfalls while you play.
Visit the animals at the park’s own Christenson Zoo.
You can visit and feed fallow deer, chickens, pygmy goats (so cute!), red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, barred owls and even a bald eagle. Many of the residents are rescue animals that are being rehabilitated from injuries. The zoo is a free attraction (though donations are appreciated) and open daily under 6 p.m.
You can even take a spin on their miniature steamer railroad!
The ride is about one mile in length, and takes about 10 minutes. The train winds around the park and through the Christenson Zoo. Kids under two ride free, and adult tickets are $2.75. The train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There’s an awesome waterpark for those steamy days.
The water spray park is spread over 5000-square-feet and features ground jets, bucket dumps, water umbrellas and more. There are plenty of lockers and changing areas available so you don't have to walk around in your wet swimsuit after the splashing is over. There's no charge for using the water park.
In the warmer months, Look Park also offers bumper boats.
They're another great way to cool off on a hot day, and great for kids and adults.
If you're looking for something a little more serene, try the beautiful walking path through the park.
This 1.2-mile paved path winds around the park and through some of the most beautifully landscaped areas of the site. You'll be able to stroll over covered and open bridges, by the shores of Willow lake and listen to the sound of the park's wildlife.
The park often hosts free concerts and events during the summer.
From live music to fun, interactive shows for kids, there's nothing like catching a great show surrounded by the beauty of nature.
There are plenty of playgrounds to keep the kids entertained.
There are a total of four playgrounds in Look Park. One is located by the Dow Pavilion is specially made for 2 to 5-year-olds. There are two larger playscapes for older kids in the picnic area, and a fourth playground by the train station and zoo.
When you stomach starts to rumble, there are plenty of options.
You can take advantage of their grilling area with clean tables and space to spread out, or head to one of their shady picnic sites to dine a little closer to nature. The picnic sites are also equipped with tables and grills.
You can also grab a bite at the Look Park Grill, conveniently located near the playground area and water spray park.
They serve all the summer classics, including hot dogs, hamburgers, onion rings, chicken and fries. There are also lighter options like fresh salad and yogurt.
If a sugar craving hits, head to their Sweet Shoppe.
You can fill up on treats like soft serve ice cream and Razzels.
It’s only $3.25 for a small cone, $3.75 for a medium and $4.50 for the largest size.
You really need to make this amazing park part of your summer bucket list.
Look Park is actually a non-profit operation that relies on admission fees and donations to keep running, so there is a small ticket price to visit. The cost of your admission goes towards maintaining the park.
If you visit during the week in the off-season from January to March, admission is free! April through October, the admission price is $5-7.
You can find Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park at 300 North Main Street, Florence. Check out their website
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