Top 8 Picnic Spots in West Orange

Categories: Well-being

It’s a good day to picnic!

Our team set out on a mission for National Picnic Month to find amazing picnic spots in our community! Take a scroll through our list, and pick a spot to stroll! We’ve got the helpful tips you need to have a fun, safe, and relaxing time in nature.

Dr. Phillips Community Park

8249 Buenavista Woods BV, Orlando, FL 32836

  • Pavilions with picnic tables for shade
  • Splashpad
  • Pet friendly – check out the dog park!
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Baseball, soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball fields/courts
  • Super close to local attractions, you can even see the Wheel at ICON Park!
  • Sidewalks throughout the park are perfect for a walk or bike rides.

More info here!

Horizon West Regional Park

Hamlin Groves Trail at Mann Road Winter Garden, FL 34787

  • 200+ acres of hiking trails and scenery
  • Horseback riding is permitted
  • A perfect spot to birdwatch and spot butterflies
  • Pet friendly! (Keep pets leashed)
  • Future plans for sports fields, learning gardens, pavilions and more

More info here!

Lakefront Park Ocoee

150 N. Lakeshore Dr. Ocoee, FL 34761

  • Pavilions for shade
  • Lots of benches for relaxing by the water
  • Fishing dock
  • Boat ramp
  • Water fountains
  • Bill Breeze Park across the street holds many community events

More info here!

Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland

126 W Petris Ave, Oakland, FL 34760

  • Beautiful oak trees offering shade
  • A great rest stop along a trail bike ride
  • Restrooms and water fountains
  • Head inside the Center for some air conditioning and amazing local art
  • Check out Westly’s Herb Garden and snip some basil, thyme, or rosemary for your dinner that night

More info here!

Rose Place Park

8200 Old Winter Garden RD Orlando, FL 32835

  • Sidewalks throughout for walking, running, biking, or skating
  • Pavilions with picnic tables for shade
  • Beautiful oak trees shade much of the walkways
  • Big grassy area for sports
  • New playground coming soon!

More info here!

Tibet-Butler Preserve 

8777 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836

  • Miles of hiking trails, both paved and unpaved
  • Environmental Center has interactive displays and exhibits, and a nice air conditioning break
  • Shaded porch
  • Butterfly and flower garden
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Educational programs to teach children and adults about our environment

More info here!

Tucker Ranch

100 Avalon Road Winter Garden, FL 34787

  • Pavilions with picnic tables for shade
  • Huge playground shaded by beautiful trees
  • Hiking trails
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Pet friendly (Must be leashed)
  • Canoe, kayak, paddle board launch

More info here!

Oakland Nature Preserve

747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760

  • Picnic tables and rocking chairs on the shaded porch
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Live fish and turtle exhibits
  • Museum and Library
  • Healthy West Orange Boardwalk is a handicap accessible 2/3 mile long trail through mostly shaded wetlands, to a large, covered pavilion overlooking Lake Apopka
  • Several hiking trails through wooded areas

More info here!

Quick tips for a successful picnic:

I’m sure you’re thinking: “Sit outside in the Florida heat? Are you crazy!” Stick with us here, we’ve got recommendations to make your picnic comfortable and safe!

  • Head out in the morning or the evening when the temperature is more tolerable. How lovely does a brunch or happy hour picnic sound?!
  • Pack those personal fans! Having a breeze will keep your fam nice and cool.
  • Take steps to practice food safety! When prepping your food, don’t cross contaminate, pack a cooler or insulated bag with plenty of ice packs, and put raw meats for grilling on the bottom of the cooler. Don’t forget to wash your hands or bring hand sanitizer.
  • Drink LOTS of water!
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Wear your hat and sunglasses.

Did we miss any? Submit your favorite picnic spots and photos to info@healthywestorange.org!

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