Things to Do Within an Hour of Mulberry New Homes

Posted: July 29, 2022 | Categories: Communities | News | Communities>Bridgeport Lakes
By Highland Homes

Bridgeport Lakes Phase II in Mulberry
Phase 2 of Bridgeport Lakes in Mulberry, FL

The South Lakeland area is literally the perfect place to call home, and Mulberry happens to be its best-kept secret! Bridgeport Lakes, a community of new homes in Mulberry (not to be confused with Mayberry – although it may seem like that’s where you’re living!), gives you the opportunity to call this quaint area home.

The new homes at Bridgeport Lakes are tucked away in a small town but offer the big city in your backyard, giving you the benefits of both. In fact, when you call Bridgeport Lakes home, you’ll be within an hour of two major cities, some of Florida’s best beaches, plenty of attractions and so much more.

We’ll tell you why Mulberry is Central Florida’s best-kept secret in the blog below and by the time you finish reading, we think you’ll agree!

Benefits of Small-Town Living

Low Cost of Living

Mulberry offers a low cost of living – in fact, it’s 9.2% below the national average! In addition, the median home cost in Mulberry is 27% below the national average. When you call Mulberry home, you’ll have access to more house for your money, while being close to all that Central Florida has to offer.

Less Hustle and Bustle

One of the most underrated benefits of living in a small town is enjoying the peace and quiet that can only be found in less populated areas. Imagine yourself relaxing on your lanai on a warm summer evening to the sounds of cicadas and leaves rustling in the breeze, while looking up at a clear, starry night sky. This is a luxury that can’t be enjoyed when you live in the middle of a city!

Convenient Location

Lakeland, Florida
Downtown Lakeland

Another benefit to living in a small town is that there’s less traffic to contend with. But don’t let the quiet roads deceive you – there are plenty of restaurants and shopping located just minutes away between Mulberry and Lakeland! Bridgeport Lakes is located just off FL-37, also known as S. Florida Avenue or US-98 S as it travels through Lakeland, and Church Avenue in Mulberry. Living off this thoroughfare places you just 3 miles from South Lakeland and 9.5 miles from Downtown Lakeland.

This convenient location also provides you with easy access to major highways including Highway 60, I-75, and I-4, which makes commuting to nearby cities a breeze. In fact, Bridgeport Lakes is less than an hour from both Tampa and Orlando, two of the fastest-growing cities in Florida!

The Great Outdoors


Se7en Wetlands Park
Se7en Wetlands Park


When you choose to call the great state of Florida your home, we think it’s safe to say that you also love the great outdoors! Bridgeport Lakes has unofficially been dubbed the “Ultimate Outdoor Community” thanks to all the recreation opportunities that are available close by, including the abundance of green space within the community and the two walkable parks located adjacent to the community!

Nearby Parks

Both Loyce E. Harpe Park and Se7en Wetlands Park are located next to Bridgeport Lakes, offering 22 miles of trails ideal for wildlife spotting, exhilarating mountain bike trails, sports fields (baseball, soccer, and softball), a skate park, and a disc golf course. There are even opportunities for fishing and for man’s best friend to have a little fun a Diogi Dog Park. 

Gulf Coast Beaches

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach, FL


One of the many benefits of calling Florida home is never living very far from a beach, and that holds true for Bridgeport Lakes! Mulberry is located convenient to some of the Florida Gulf Coast’s best beaches in the Tampa Bay area. In fact, your new home in Mulberry at Bridgeport Lakes is less than two hours from every beach featured on this Top Florida Beaches list!


Party and golf may not go hand-in-hand but we couldn’t resist the pun, because if you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll love living in Mulberry! Golf courses are abundant in the area, giving you the opportunity to play at some of Central Florida’s top public or private golf clubs. Just a few of the area’s top courses include Streamsong Resort and its three top-rated courses; River Hills Country Club, ideal for those searching for an exclusive members-only experience; The Club at Eaglebrooke; and Bartow Golf Course, the area’s top public course.

State Parks and Natural Springs

Circle B Bar Reserve

Having a conversation about the great outdoors and Florida has to include a mention of the area’s best state parks and natural springs. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore Florida’s natural wonders at these awe-inspiring spots close to your new home in Mulberry:

  • Circle B Bar Reserve is located on the shores of Lake Hancock and features multiple distinct ecosystems spread out amongst over 1,200 acres. When you visit, you can hike, enjoy a picnic, and of course look for wildlife including alligators, birds, and more.
  • Lakeland Highlands Scrub offers over 500 acres of undeveloped scrubland. You can walk the extensive trails through open dry prairie, pine flatwoods, marshlands, and basin swamp.
  • Alafia River State Park is one of the top parks in Florida for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding thanks to its radical elevation change.
  • Paynes Creek Historic State Park allows visitors to enjoy nature while exploring Florida’s history. The area was originally an 1840s trading post that has been preserved in a museum, which is surrounded by trails and opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
  • Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park is a hot spot for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The park has a 1.9-mile paved trail along the banks of the Alafia River and is hiker, dog walker, and bicycle friendly.
  • Lithia Springs Conservation Park boasts a natural spring that flows cool, clean water into the Alafia River year-round. Within the park, you can camp, swim, hike, enjoy a picnic, fish, and even play volleyball.

Thrill Seekers Paradise

View of Epcot at Walt Disney World
Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort


It’s no secret that Florida is the world’s top theme park destination, and when you live in Mulberry, you’ll have access to 12 within an hour’s drive from home. That’s right – a dozen of the world’s best theme parks are basically in your backyard! From LEGOLAND and the Peppa Pig Theme Park to Walt Disney World and Fun Spot America, the options for fun are truly endless in Central Florida!

Year-Round Sports Town

Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland
The Detroit Tigers train at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland


Living between two major cities means access to extensive opportunities to enjoy professional sports. In nearby Tampa Bay, you can cheer on the 2-time Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, or the 2021 Super Bowl Champions, your Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Baseball lovers will enjoy being close to Tampa Bay Rays games, as well as multiple Spring Training facilities, including those of the New York Yankees in Tampa and the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.

If basketball is your sport of preference, you haven’t been left out – the Orlando Magic play just 1.5 hours away!

Mulberry New Homes

Parker gathering room at Bridgeport Lakes in Mulberry

If all this wasn’t enough to convince you to fall in love with Mulberry, we think this last section will do the trick! Highland Homes is now building new homes in Phase 2 of Bridgeport Lakes with pricing from the $310’s.

The new Mulberry homes at Bridgeport Lakes boast three to six bedrooms and up to three-and-a-half bathrooms throughout 1,486 to 3,141 square feet of living space. The homes are designed to suit your lifestyle with open-concept living space, a luxurious owner’s suite, and flexible use rooms. Plus, select home plans feature an in-law suite option ideal for multi-generational living.

To take full advantage of the peaceful natural surroundings, a limited number of homes in Phase 2 are located adjacent to lakes, wetlands, and open space, providing exclusive backyard privacy with unbeatable nature views.

When you call Bridgeport Lakes home, you can have the Florida life you crave at a price you can afford while building with confidence! To learn more about living in Bridgeport Lakes, call or email our Mulberry New Homes Specialists today!

Parker exterior at Bridgeport Lakes

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