The City Beautiful has more than 100 City parks. What park is the best place to have a picnic? Now this all depends on what you look for in a park.
The Dog Lover
Parks of Americas
Park of Americas is the perfect park to bring your pooch. There are two separate fenced in areas for small or large dogs. Both areas are open lots giving dogs space to play together and run freely. Spend the morning playing with your pup, and then for lunch time put the leash on and head over to the shaded pavilions. Under the pavilions there are picnic tables and grills to fire up some BBQ.
Lake Eola Park
Swing by your favorite Downtown restaurant and make your order “to-go.” Then head over to Lake Eola Park and pick a nice grassy area by the water. Looking for a fresher option? Come on Sunday morning for the Eola Sunday Market and pick between the assortment of local cuisine or the seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Loch Haven Cultural Park
This 45-acre park is home to everything arts. If you are into performances, the Orlando Repertory Theatre or Orlando Ballet are the place for you. Is looking at art in a gallery your happy place? Then head over to the Mennello Museum of American Art or the Orlando Museum of Art. Or maybe you love to have family fun? Bring the whole family to the Orlando Science Center. No matter what kind of culture you like Loch Haven Cultural Park has you covered. After spending the morning immersed in culture, take a seat in the tranquil setting that surrounds all of the buildings and enjoy your picnic.
The Wildlife Watcher
Orlando Wetlands Park
The Orlando Wetlands Park has more than 20 miles of roads and woodland trails leading through marshes and hardwood hammocks and along scenic lakes. The open waters and trails attract all kinds of wildlife. The bird watcher inside you will love seeing the bald eagles, red-shoulder hawks and white ibis. Are birds not for you? Take to the tails to maybe spot some raccoons, river otters, white-tailed deer or even a bobcat. Near the entrance of the park there is a wildlife garden, education center and picnic tables. Before going out on your wilderness adventure, eat your lunch with one of the volunteers to get information about the park.
The Playground Enthusiast
Z.L. Riley Park
This gem is found in the heart of Parramore. The beautiful park features mosaic artwork reflecting Z.L. Riley’s contributions to the community and African themes made by Parramore Kidz Zone youth. The area not to miss is the huge shaded playground. The playground has it all: swings, slides and even a mini rock wall. When you are ready to sit down and eat you lunch head over to the mosaic pavilion to pick your table. These are not just any tables, they are actually stainless steel drums surrounded by seats, perfect for if you want to have a picnic or a jam session. When it comes to having fun, this park has it all, from the massive playground to even the picnic tables.