Orlando is chock full of great parks and I’m not talking about theme parks! I polled some of our readers and personal friends and asked them to give me the details on some of their favorite parks in Central Florida. As a result, here’s my list of park favorites around Central Florida.
Maitland Community Park is a personal family favorite. We love that it’s shady with tree cover over parts of the playground. There is an open field next to the “big kid” playground and a smaller playground for younger kids that’s set a big away so the littles don’t get run over by the rowdy big kids. It also has a number of pavilions, perfect for birthday parties, tennis courts and a walking trail.
If you ask someone to meet you at “Community Playground” you may get some blank stares. Mention, “Castle Park” and people will be more likely to know which park you are referring to. The nickname comes from the big, wooden, castle-shaped playground. Kids love climbing all through the castle. You can also swing and slide or rent out the pavilion for parties. This is an all around great park.
Ward Park made the list for many reasons, one being, the huge playground and another, the big open field for running. It’s close to the sports fields and a large trail that’s a favorite for runners and walkers. But one of the most noteworthy, this park and playground are wheelchair accessible and built with our special needs community in mind. This is a park everyone can enjoy.
In addition to some of the others, Phelps Park is another shady park perfect for our hot Florida days. It includes, two playgrounds to choose from, keeping kids entertained for hours. A big grassy field nearby is perfect for running, soccer, picnics and pavilions are available for party rentals.
Langford Park is just across the street from Dickson Azalea Park, this is a 2-4-1 park deal and the location for some of my favorite family photos. It’s a great place for picnics and it also has a playground and gazebo. Head over to Dickson Azalea Park and explore the fun little nooks and the surprisingly, whimsical atmosphere.
Lake Eola was one of the most popular recommendation and gets a vote for many reasons by Orlando residents who are avoiding the theme parks. Not only does it have a great playground, you have the option to stroll around the lake. It’s great proximity to food options within walking distance. Grab lunch and bring it down by the lake for a picnic or walk around and take a look at the swans. But remember to keep your distance, the swans can get grumpy.
Wooten Park is the official wild card pick. It was a recommendation from a friend and it’s now my new “must see” park. A little bit of a trek for some parts of Orlando however, the description of the park seems totally worth the trip. With a shady playground that has a chime installation for those kiddos who love music or making noise (that’s pretty much every kid), a splash pad, the train nearby and a view of the seaplanes taking off and landing, this park is a winner! I mean, the planes alone would win my kids over. Pavilions are available for rent and food locations are within walking distance.
I can’t wait to get my kids out to explore some parks we haven’t seen, maybe we can sneak in a new park this weekend or revisit some favorites and enjoy the incredible weather. If I missed any of your family favorites, let me know in the comments below! My kids would love to explore some new parks.
Below are some links to posts from other OMB Contributors, listing parks in other parts of Central Florida! We hope you discover a park near you!