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.

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
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!)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ocala, FL

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