Springtime in Florida right before the Summer heat rolls in is the sweet spot for picnics and being outdoors. Take advantage of the peaceful weather by exploring some of these well-known parks in the Orlando area, as well as parks that only the locals will tell you about!
Park Avenue is right in the heart of Winter Park with many local businesses and restaurants. Across from the stores and cobblestone streets is a long grassy area that is perfect for a picnic. I recommend stopping at Barnie’s Coffee & Tea for a craft coffee-to-go and sitting on the grass. You may even see a local Sunrail train pass by. Attached to the lawn area is a small flower garden and fountains.
By far the most popular park area in Orlando is Lake Eola Park, however there is plenty of room for everyone around the lake. I recommend bringing a blanket and a book to relax on the grass, just watch out for the many swans that famously inhabit the park area! After your picnic, feel free to walk around the path that emcompasses Lake Eola and sends you right into the center of Downtown Orlando. You can even walk to the Church Street train station and take a ride to the previously mentioned location on Park Avenue!
Kraft Azalea is a frequent photoshoot location for its beautiful mossy trees and is seated directly on Lake Maitland. Tucked away among the mansions of Winter Park, this area is perfect for a picnic and is picturesque during dusk. Kraft Azalea is a local Winter Park secret and not as frequently visited as other major parks, so you could get lucky to have the whole park to yourself.
A quaint place right on a lake is Lake Baldwin Park. The area is very family-friendly and you can even bring your dog with you on your picnic because there is a long walking path.
Situated in North Orlando, Cranes Roost Park is a great area to picnic in a city while feeling separated from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. There is a path that goes around the Cranes Roost Lake and leads to a bridge path over the water. You can stop for some food at nearby restaurants before setting up your picnic. This area is often used for an events space or hosts outdoor music.
Blue Jacket Park is a large open field area with a fountain. There is more than enough room to spread blankets and picnic with family or friends. The area is also suitable for outdoor sports such as soccer or Frisbee.