When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Orlando.
Lake Eola Park
In the heart of downtown Orlando is this absolutely charming city park. The park bustles with life. A Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday and a fireworks display frequently occurs at the fountain in the park. Sunset over the lake is magical as it reflects on the water and shimmers against the skyscrapers of Downtown. If you’re looking for a romantic picnic, you can also try one of my favorite things – renting a swan-shaped paddle boat for the lake. But, beyond all these activities, Lake Eola Park makes the list of best picnic spots because there are a number of fabulous places to lay out a blanket along the lake and enjoy the day.
At the end of a long, stretched out dock, a gazebo straight out of the movie sits peacefully. Harbor Park is a small, open grassy area along Lake Baldwin, but it shines as a picnic destination. There are sidewalks and boardwalks with benches, open fields, and dramatic views at sunset with the gazebo standing alone in the still water. A quiet picnic could not find a better location.
Blue Jacket Park
Blue Jacket Park was built for picnics, and not just picnics – stylish ones. The large fountain at the heart of the park is built from white stone, just like the bridges along the walking paths, and the picnic tables that dot the open lawns. There are even large stone pavilions that seem to have been brought from a large estate in England or from the set of the movie, Pride and Prejudice. Still, this park is a great place to kick back and enjoy the sun and occasionally see hot air balloons take off from Blue Jacket Park.
Bill Frederick Park
A 187 acre park popular with campers, boaters, and fishers alike. The park sits on Turkey Lake and has several fantastic walking trails, many of which lead to the lake’s edge and open spaces for picnicking. A stop at the All Children’s Farm is a must when visiting Bill Frederick Park as well as a game on their disc golf course.
Mead Botanical Garden
Just north of Orlando is this breathtaking oasis. Admission to Mead Botanical Garden is free and there is a large, open picnic area. There are over 47 acres of gardens and plant life to explore. The pond at Mead Garden is home to turtles, wading birds, and fish and children will have a blast keeping an eye out for all three. If you’re looking to picnic in incredible natural surroundings, then Mead Botanical Garden is the place. One of their truly unique features is Yoga in the Garden, offered every Saturday and Wednesday morning. I highly recommend taking their Yoga class in the morning and staying for a lovely picnic in the Garden.
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