Circle B Bar Reserve and Nature Discovery Center is free to visit and has been named by USA Today as one of the "51 Great Places to See Wildlife". Birds are a common sight and almost anytime of the day and any day of the week one can see at least three to four different species. Those who go early in the morning, particularly before 8 am often see alligators. There are several wildlife observation areas including a platform that extends into the lake and a screened sitting area on the edge of a river frequented by alligators.
The reserve is approximately 1,267 acres and includes several trails. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily. There is also a free Discovery Center that as of October 1, 2013 was open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4 pm. The Discovery Center includes a library of books, a bay of computers with information, a touching area, a tree for children and adults to climb and spot wildlife, and several interactive displays including sound machines, aquariums and more. It is located at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland, Florida. It is between Bartow, downtown lakeland, and Winter Haven. The entrance is on the south side of State Route 540 otherwise known as Winter Lake Road between US Highway 98 and Thornhill Road.
There are picnic area, bathrooms, hiking trails, birding areas, and areas for mountain biking at the reserve. As you reach the visitor's center outside of the center is a display with free trail maps. One of the easiest trail options is the Alligator Alley Trail. This takes you to a dock where you can walk out on a pier and sit on benches and look at the lake below you. It is not uncommon to see a few alligators swimming in the lake in the early morning. There is also a multitude of birds around this area. The trail continues to an intersections. If you take the Eagle Landing Trail it is predominantly sun but quite long and connects to other trails so great for mountain biking. You Can also take the Heron Trail and see a variety of birds. At the intersection of the Heron Trail and the Marsh Rabbit Trail is a little gazebo you can sit in and watch the birds. There is a swampy area next to the gazebo where it is not uncommon to see an alligator. The whole reserve is filled with wading bird, ibises, ducks, shorebirds and bald eagles,
In addition to animals you can enjoy views of cypress, hackberry, and red maples.