Orlando may be best known for its theme and amusement parks, but the city also has much to offer for visitors looking for nature-oriented outdoor recreational opportunities. More than 148 public parks dot the city's landscape, anchored around its many gorgeous natural lakes and reservoirs. Outside of city limits, natural preserves and wetland areas protect Central Florida's stunning marsh and wetland environments, serving as a haven for a wide variety of native flora and fauna species. Many of Orlando's parks provide great opportunities for watching the city's nightly fireworks celebrations at the nearby Walt Disney World Resort.
1.Bill Frederick Park
Bill Frederick Park is one of Florida's top public park spots for fishing, located along the banks of the beautiful Turkey Lake. The 183-acre park is a haven for nature lovers in the Orlando region, showcasing scenic lake views and opportunities for bird and wildlife watching and photography. Seasonal canoe and kayak rentals let park visitors experience views from the water, while a fishing pier provides comfortable seating for anglers. On land, parkgoers can make use of the park's system of walking, jogging, and biking trails, some of which feature exercise stations. A mountain biking pump track is also offered, along with a sand volleyball court, a disc golf course, and separate children's playgrounds for visitors ages two to 12. Day-use picnic sites offer barbecue grills and electricity, while several large pavilions can be rented for private special events.
3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835, Phone: 407-246-4486
2.Blue Jacket Park
Blue Jacket Park is named for its historic use as the home of the Orlando Naval Training Center, which trained "Blue Jacket" service personnel for more than three decades throughout the 20th century. 75 acres of the historic facility was designated as a public park in 2000, converting former naval training grounds into a lush urban oasis offering a plethora of recreational opportunities. Baseball, softball, and soccer fields are available for day use, with lighted fields offered for nighttime community and league play. Multi-use trails provide walking, jogging, and cycling opportunities amidst beautiful scenery. Two separate children's playgrounds offer safe play experiences for children ages two to 12, while grassy open spaces provide areas for picnics and free play. Other amenities include rental picnic pavilions with electricity and barbecue grills.
2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, FL 32802, Phone: 407-246-2287
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Capehart Park is a charming community park in Orlando known for its seasonal splash pad, which features jets and water features sure to delight young parkgoers. A children's tot lot provides safe creative play experiences for youngsters ages two to five, while a fitness path features exercise equipment and scenery for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The park's community center is open throughout the year, hosting a wide variety of community programming for youth and adults. Youth programs include ballet classes offered by the Always in Motion Dance Center, children's Zumba classes, Parents' Night Out events, and a yearly after school program. Adult residents and visitors can stop in for seido karate, Zumba, or line dancing workshops throughout the year, offered for a drop-in fee.
715 Capehart Dr, Orlando, FL 32822, Phone: 407-254-9160
4.Cherry Tree Park
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Cherry Tree Park is a beautiful one-acre park located near the Orlando Executive Airport, accessible via the junction of Jackson Street and Primrose Drive. The spacious park is a popular spot for neighborhood families to play throughout the year, offering two children's playgrounds divided by age range for children between the ages of two and 12. A large open space makes a great spot for picnicking, kite flying, and athletics. Day-use picnic sites are also offered in shaded areas of the park, with barbecue grills available for preparing hot dogs and hamburgers on warm summer days. All of the park's features are ADA accessible for visitors with mobility concerns. Ample on-street parking is available near the park.
2725 E Jackson St, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2283
Dartmouth Park is a charming oasis within Orlando's College Park neighborhood, spanning more than three acres. The lovely park is one of the neighborhood's most popular family recreation spots, offering children's playgrounds for younger and older children up to the age of 12. A small open lawn provides exercise and play space, while perimeter areas are shaded by majestic mature pine and oak trees. Along the park's border, a sidewalk trail offers quaint benches, while a multi-station exercise course provides opportunities for fitness. Day-use picnic pavilions feature electric hookups and barbecue grills, perfect for reunions, community events, and children's birthday parties.
822 Dartmouth St, Orlando, FL 32804, Phone: 407-246-2283
Delaney Park is one of Orlando's oldest urban parks, originally opened in the early 20th century as Duckworth Park. The park, which has been open under its current name since 1959, spans 7.25 acres throughout a lovely oak tree grove area, easily accessible from the city's downtown district and offering ample street parking for visitors. Two children's playgrounds provide safe play opportunities for children up to the age of 12, featuring classic attractions such as swings and slides. Athletic opportunities include hard tennis courts, baseball fields, and softball fields, which can be used throughout the day or rented for league play. Picnic sites offer barbecue grills and shade from the sun for lunches and socialization. ADA-accessible restrooms are available on site to accommodate visitors of all mobility levels.
1055 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
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Demetree Park is a beautiful 24-acre community park that was originally developed by the City of Orlando in 1988. Today, the park is home to three scenic boardwalk-lined likes, which are linked together by a system of trails and pathways. Parkgoers can meander through the park's gorgeous natural terrain and spot a variety of native and migratory bird and wildlife species. Nature photography opportunities abound throughout the park, as well as angling opportunities at the park's accessible fishing pier. Developed recreational amenities include two children's playgrounds, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a fitness trail with exercise stations.
650 Santiago Ave, Orlando, FL 32807, Phone: 407-246-2283
8.Dickson Azalea Park
Dickson Azalea Park has been a designated Orlando Historic Landmark since 1991, preserving portions of land that were formerly used as indigenous territorial space and cattle watering holes. The park, which was purchased in 1916 by Senator Walter Rose and developed for public use in 1924, is known for its namesake azalea plantings, which provide excellent backdrop for nature and special event photography. Shady trees line the park, providing cover for picnic sites scattered throughout. Romantic pedestrian bridges and paths traverse over and along the park's lovely streams, including the historic 1926 Washington Street Bridge, a popular photography opportunities. Amenities include a children's playground and a lovely picnic pavilion available for special event rental.
100 Rosearden Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2283
9.Dr. P. Phillips Community Park
Dr. P. Phillips Community Park is a spacious 43-acre public park on the shores of Orlando's Big Sand Land, named in honor of Orlando businessman Phillip Phillips. The park, which is overseen by the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department, is home to a year-round splash pad with water jets and other features for youngsters to play and frolic in. A children's playground offers swings and slides for dry play, while a dog park provides opportunities for large and small breeds to run off-leash with their owners. The park's LongHorn Steakhouse Loop Trail is a great fitness opportunity for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Volleyball, baseball, basketball, and soccer fields are open to the public for community use. A community stage hosts seasonal concerts and special events throughout the year. Special events can also be held at the park's covered pavilions, which feature barbecue grills and ample space for picnics and fun.
8249 Buenavista Woods Blvd, Orlando, FL 32836, Phone: 407-254-9038
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Festival Park is a spacious 16-acre public park that serves as one of Orlando's premiere special event venues throughout the year, hosting live music performances, food tasting events, and community festivals. The park is an urban athletic paradise, featuring two beach volleyball courts, several basketball courts, and a multi-use field for pickup games of soccer, flag football, and frisbee. A state-of-the-art skate park is home to stair and bowl elements for skaters and BMX riders to practice their tricks on, while a jogging and cycling trail features several fitness stations. Dogs are permitted in the park on leashes, with the exception of community field spaces.
2911 East Robinson Street, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2283
11.George Barker Park
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George Barker Park is a charming seven-acre community park that is named in honor of former Orlando City Commissioner George A. Barker, Jr. The park, which was opened to the public in 1968, is located along the shores of beautiful Clear Lake, which is lined with gorgeous majestic cypress trees and populated by a wide variety of water bird species. A boat ramp provides access for visitors looking to fish or float on the lake's pristine waters, while two fishing piers provide shoreline fishing access. On land, parkgoers can use the park's community basketball and volleyball courts or bring their children to play at the park's two age-appropriate children's playgrounds.
2000 Monte Carlo Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
12.Greenwood Urban Wetlands
Greenwood Urban Wetlands is a gorgeous 19-acre natural preserve in downtown Orlando, originally designated in 1991 to protect the city's native wildlife. The park, which is located adjacent to Greenwood Cemetery and Thornton and Delaney Parks, is anchored around a pristine lake surrounded by majestic cypress trees, flanked by pathways and quaint bridges for strolling through the scenery. Ample shade throughout the park makes it a great spot to frequent on hot summer days. Day-use picnic tables are scattered throughout the park for stopping and enjoying lunches or conversation. Dogs are welcome at the park on leashes, with amenities such as waste bags and dog-sized water fountains provided for four-legged friends. A dog memorial at the park also commemorates lost pets, allowing area residents to purchase memorial space for a nominal fee.
1411 Greenwood St, Orlando, FL 32801, Phone: 407-246-2283
Guernsey Park is named in honor of pioneer-era banker Joseph L. Guernsey, who founded the Florida Mortgage Service and the Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association following his service in WWII. Guernsey was best known throughout the Orlando region in the 20th century as the namesake of the Guernsey Good Citizenship Cup, an annual award presented to high schoolers displaying civic excellence. The charming open space park is tucked away in a quiet Orlando neighborhood, making it a great safe spot for visitors to bring their children and their well-behaved pets on leashes. Grassy open lawns provide ample space for pick-up sporting games, while day-use picnic sites are well shaded by majestic trees. A small creek runs through the park, traversed by a walking path and a picturesque footbridge.
1320 Guernsey St, Orlando, FL 32804, Phone: 407-246-2283
14.Lake Cherokee Park
Lake Cherokee Park is a narrow, elongated park in Orlando's Delaney Park district, located along the banks of its beautiful namesake lake. The downtown-area park is surrounded by majestic million-dollar homes in one of the city's richest neighborhoods, many of which have historic significance to the city's pioneer era. It serves as one of Orlando's top dog-walking spots, populated with pets and their owners throughout the morning and evening hours. Large grassy lawns provide space for yoga courses, drone and kite flying, and pickup sporting games. Sidewalks surround the park along city blocks, with benches and drinking fountains scattered throughout for rest breaks and relaxation.
474 Palmer St, Orlando, FL 32801, Phone: 407-246-2283
15.Lake Como Park
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Lake Como Park is a beautiful circular park surrounding its namesake lake, located within the beautiful residential Lake Como neighborhood. The park is one of a series of miniature lake parks throughout Orlando's downtown and is surrounded by beautiful mature old-growth trees providing shade on hot days. A half-mile pathway encircles the park's lake, making for a great spot for relaxing strolls or dog walking. A majestic lion sculpture has resided in the park since 1985, donated by the MacBride family. Since 1993, the park has also been home to a spacious central plaza, several footbridges, and cultivated plantings of flowering crape myrtles. During the winter holiday months, a communal Christmas tree is lit in the center of Lake Como, making for a beautiful holiday photo opportunity.
520 Lake Como Cir, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2121
16.Lake Druid Park
Lake Druid Park is a gorgeous 19-acre park at the trailhead of the Cady Way Trail, originally transferred to the City of Orlando in 2009 as part of the national Lands to Parks program. The park, which sits on land formerly owned by the U.S. Navy, is located on the banks of Lake Druid and is a great spot for mountain biking, offering pump, junior pump, and single-track trails amidst the beautiful natural scenery. Multi-use jogging trails are also offered, meandering through the park's wooded terrain. A sand volleyball court and an open grassy lawn provide opportunities for athletic recreation, while a fenced-in dog park lets four-legged friends play off-leash. Other features include a community garden, a lake access area, and benches for rest and relaxation.
899 Coy Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2287
17.Lake Eola Park
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Lake Eola Park is a charming downtown Orlando park located along the banks of Lake Eola, best known as the home of the famed Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain. The fountain, which was originally installed in 1957, serves as Orlando's official civic landmark and is known throughout the state for its nightly choreographed fountain shows, which last approximately six minutes and feature spectacular light and sound elements. Parkgoers can stroll along the park's mile-long sidewalk loop or rent swan pedal boats for exploration of the lake's waters. Live swans populate the park's lake and can be fed with handfuls of food available for change. Public special events held at the park throughout the year include a weekly farmer's market and a free summer downtown concert series.
512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801, Phone: 407-246-4484
18.Lake Highland Park
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Lake Highland Park is a spacious green park near Orlando's downtown district, located around the banks of majestic Lake Highland adjacent to Lake Highland Prep School. The expansive park offers a less-crowded alternative to some of Orlando's more populated downtown parks and features stunning views of the city's downtown district. Parkgoers can bring picnic lunches and stretch out on the park's grassy lawns, which also make for great spots for pickup sporting and frisbee games. Despite the park's proximity to the city's downtown district, it remains comparatively quiet and secluded from nearby traffic. Each evening, the park makes a great spot to view the city's downtown and nearby Walt Disney World Resort fireworks celebrations.
1132 Lake Highland Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
19.Lake Ivanhoe Park
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Lake Ivanhoe Park is a charming 11-acre public park located on the banks of the expansive 125-acre Lake Ivanhoe, a popular spot in the Orlando area for anglers and water skiers. The park, which covers land on the lake's north, west, and south shores, offers stunning views of Orlando's downtown city skyline and the nearby Gaston Edwards Park. Boat launches are available along the lake's northwestern shores, letting parkgoers take to the water for fishing and boating. Multi-use trails throughout the park accommodate joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers. The park also serves as a popular birdwatching spot for a variety of native shore and migratory bird species.
57 S Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804, Phone: 407-246-2283
20.Mayor Carl T. Langford Park and Center
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Mayor Carl T. Langford Park and Center is a lovely natural oasis in Orlando's downtown district, named in honor of the city's beloved mayor between 1967 and 1980. The park is lined with beautiful mature oak trees, creating plenty of shade to escape from the heat during the summer months. Spacious sidewalks and walking paths make for great spots for strolling and dog walking throughout the day. Basketball and tennis courts are available for community use, along with a variety of day-use picnic sites offering barbecue grills and covered pavilions. The park's neighborhood center is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, offering a public-use computer lab and game room. A gazebo and a multipurpose room at the neighborhood center are available for community special event rental, including birthday party packages for young children wishing to celebrate their birthday parties at the park. Other amenities include children's playgrounds for older and younger children, offering classic amusements such as swings and slides.
1808 E Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32802, Phone: 407-246-4464
21.Loch Haven Cultural Park
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Loch Haven Cultural Park is Orlando's premiere cultural park, tucked away between Lakes Estelle, Rowent, and Formosa. The expansive green oasis is home to some of the city's biggest cultural attractions, including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Ballet, which present regular live theatrical and dance performances throughout the year. Parkgoers can peruse a number of museums, including the family-friendly Orlando Science Center, the gorgeous Orlando Museum of Art, and the unique Orlando Fire Museum, honoring the city's firefighting squads. An outdoor performance plaza serves as the site of a number of annual festivals and events, including the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803, Phone: 407-246-2283
22.Orlando Wetlands Park
Orlando Wetlands Park is an expansive natural reserve located approximately half an hour east of Orlando's downtown district, preserving beautiful lake and marshland regions in the greater Orlando urban area. The park is open to the public for free each day of the year between sunrise and sunset, making a great day trip excursion for area residents and visitors looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Wildlife watching opportunities abound, including opportunities to spot and photograph a wide variety of native and migratory bird species. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails meander through the park's beautiful scenery for miles. An educational center is open to the public throughout the week, offering seasonally-rotating exhibits on the region's ecology and wildlife.
9257, 25155 Wheeler Rd, Christmas, FL 32709, Phone: 407-568-1706
23.Park of the Americas
Park of the Americas is a picturesque park in Orlando's downtown district, traversed by a 12-foot-wide fitness path that meanders for half a mile throughout the park's lands. Five workout stations throughout the park offer community-use fitness equipment for parkgoers of all ability levels, letting exercisers perform up to 120 exercises. A fenced-in dog park and run provides separate spaces for large and small breeds to frolic off-leash with supervision from their owners. Dogs are also permitted off-leash throughout the rest of the park. Young visitors can enjoy a tot lot with climbing and motion-oriented activities, while older children can play on a classic playground with swings and slides. Shaded picnic pavilions can be rented for small group use, featuring electric hookups and barbecue grills.
201 Andes Avenue, Orlando, FL 32807
Wadeview Park is one of Orlando's most beloved neighborhood parks, shaded from the heat of the sun by majestic pine, oak, and cypress tree plantings. The park is home to five separate covered picnic pavilions, which can be used during the day by the community or rented for private special events. A fitness trail is populated by ADA-accessible exercise stations, meant to help parkgoers perform hundreds of exercise maneuvers along their walk. Two children's playgrounds offer safe active play experiences for younger and older children up to the age of 12. Grassy open spaces also make for great spots for picnics and pick-up games.
2177 S Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
25.Z.L. Riley Park
Z.L. Riley Park is the charming central urban oasis of the Orlando suburb of Parramore, named in honor of Zellie L. Riley, an area businessman best known as the founder of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. The park, which was developed as a joint project between the City of Orlando and the Orange County Expressway Authority, is covered in gorgeous mosaic artwork meant to honor and reflect Riley's contributions to the Orlando community, with a focus on his impact on African-American civic life. A colorful children's playground provides safe play experiences for children up to the age of 12, featuring classic play equipment such as swings, slides, and climbing activities. A spacious picnic pavilion can be used throughout the day by community members or rented for private special events, including community festivals.
719 South Parramore Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805
25 Best Orlando Parks
- Bill Frederick Park, Photo: Al/stock.adobe.com
- Blue Jacket Park, Photo: coffmancmu/stock.adobe.com
- Capehart Park, Photo: Roman Yanushevsky/stock.adobe.com
- Cherry Tree Park, Photo: Hyejin Kang/stock.adobe.com
- Dartmouth Park, Photo: olyasolodenko/stock.adobe.com
- Delaney Park, Photo: olezzo/stock.adobe.com
- Demetree Park, Photo: Jose Handan/stock.adobe.com
- Dickson Azalea Park, Photo: Supfroyd/stock.adobe.com
- Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, Photo: molotok289/stock.adobe.com
- Festival Park, Photo: City of Orlando
- George Barker Park, Photo: Alexander Borisenko/stock.adobe.com
- Greenwood Urban Wetlands, Photo: kaisorn/stock.adobe.com
- Guernsey Park, Photo: Kristy/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Cherokee Park, Photo: Yuan/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Como Park, Photo: City of Orlando
- Lake Druid Park, Photo: Alvydas/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Eola Park, Photo: Iordache Elena G/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Highland Park, Photo: Vladimir Zhupanenko/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Ivanhoe Park, Photo: Vladimir Zhupanenko/stock.adobe.com
- Mayor Carl T. Langford Park and Center, Photo: City of Orlando
- Loch Haven Cultural Park, Photo: Jazzdog Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Orlando Wetlands Park, Photo: Sherilyn/stock.adobe.com
- Park of the Americas, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Wadeview Park, Photo: Tim/stock.adobe.com
- Z.L. Riley Park, Photo: singulyarra/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: jccain/stock.adobe.com