Ocala, FL

Carver Park in Ocala, FL: A low-key playground that will entertain your kiddo (for at least an hour).

Amanda Clark-Rudolph

Carver Park in Ocala, FL, is a low-key community park where kids enjoy the playground, field, and walking park nearby.

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The playground at Carver Park in Ocala, FL.Photo by the author

What we loved:

  • The large, open field
  • The carousel
  • The ladders on the small play structure

What we would have loved:

  • Picnic tables under the pavilion
  • Benches by the playground
  • A fixed swing
  • A restroom
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The swingset at Carver Park in Ocala.Photo by the author

Carver Park in Ocala, FL: A low-key playground that will entertain your kiddo (for at least an hour).

I recently stumbled across Ocala’s Carver Park at 1251 SW 7 St. Ocala, FL 34471 with my three-year-old, and what a pleasant surprise it was!

Located near the Boys and Girls Club and Legacy Park, Carver Park boasts free parking, a large field, and a playground for kids.

My preschooler and I released our energy at the large, open field (great for tag and soccer) and the playground. (Hey, I love slides, too!)

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The kid's basketball "hoop" at Carver Park in Ocala, FL.Photo by the author

My kiddo spent the bulk of his time at the Carver Park playground that features

  • A small play structure featuring a partial canopy
  • A ladder with lily pad steps
  • A steering wheel
  • A slide
  • A metal climbing ladder
  • Wide, safe steps with rails
  • A kid’s basketball hoop
  • A small spinning carousel
  • Looped monkey bars
  • Another slide
  • A swing set is equipped with a sitting swing, one bucket swing, and two traditional swings.
  • *Note one of the traditional swings was broken when we were there.

The playground rests on mulch on an open space within a small, residential neighborhood, so there isn’t much shade.

Luckily, this wasn’t a problem since we visited Carver Park on a cloudy morning.

My 3-year-old enjoyed the sitting swing and the small play structure the most.

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The water fountain and pavilion at Carver Park.Photo by the author

Behind the playground is a full-court basketball court, and surrounding the park, you’ll find recycling and trash bins.

One thing we did notice was there wasn’t a lot of seating. There were no benches or picnic tables, not even under the pavilion.

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The walking trail at the nearby Legacy Park.Photo by the author

The lowdown

Carver Park in Ocala, FL is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch under one of the trees at the park (remember a blanket). Kids also enjoy the playground that has all the basics young children need.

It’s also conveniently close to Legacy Park that has a half-mile walking trail.

Overall, Carver Park was an unexpected Ocala find that entertained my 3-year old for an hour.

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A close-up of one of the ladders on the Carver Park play structure.Photo by the author

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Hi, I'm Amanda - a freelancing mama who writes about family, travel, holidays, and more! In addition to freelancing it up, I'm a Content Coordinator for neighborhood magazines. My favorite pastimes: Writing, slurping lattes, and playing freeze tag with my two sons.

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