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Best Family Parks in Orlando

parksWhile Orlando is an extremely large city, it is lucky enough to have a plethora of beautiful parks all around the city. From your basic park where a family can enjoy a simple picnic and a nice playground, to parks where people can enjoy horseback riding or Olympic sized swimming pools, Orlando has them all. If you are interested in planning a nice day out with the family, this list of parks in Orlando can help you pick the one that is right for you. So go ahead and get that picnic basket out and start packing. There are few better ways to enjoy the weather that Florida is famous for than a nice day at the park.

Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

This beautiful, family friendly park is full of amenities sure to please both the young and old alike. It is centered on a beautiful lake stocked well for fishing to please both professional anglers and the novice. Camping sites are available and most include grills. For park-goers, there are hiking and biking trails, along with inline skating trails as well. Bill Frederick Park boasts a large playground suitable for all ages of children and plenty of sporting activities including volleyball, baseball, horseshoes and disc golf. There is plenty of wide open space for the kids to run and play and a large pool within the park to cool off during those hot summer months. Rentals are available for all activities and dogs are even allowed in certain areas of the park. Admission is a low $4.00 per car, making it not only family friendly, but soft on the wallet. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake is located at 3401 S. Hiawassee Rd. in Orlando. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from November until March and 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. from April until October. Phone: 407-299-5581

Mayor Carl T. Langford Park Neighborhood Center

This beautiful park is a quiet and serene setting perfect enough for a beautiful spring wedding, and yet entertaining enough for families that just want to take a break from the daily grind to enjoy and appreciate nature. With a butterfly garden amidst lush green lawns and a bubbling creek, this park is perfect for picnics and quiet Sunday afternoon walks. The creek has a swinging bridge nestled in the middle of large shady trees. There are volleyball and tennis courts available, along with running, biking and hiking trails. Pets are even welcome at this Orlando oasis. Don’t leave without visiting the Dickson Azalea park right across the street. The Mayor Carl T. Langford Park Neighborhood Center is located right in the middle of downtown at 1808 E. Central Blvd. It is open from 5:00 a.m. until sunset each day. Phone: 407-246-2150

Gaston Edwards Park

The Gaston Edwards Park is one of the most popular parks in Orlando, with both locals and tourists visiting daily. Centered on beautiful Lake Ivanhoe, the Gaston Edwards Park has plenty of activities available for the water sport enthusiast. Water-skiing and jet-skiing are available for the thrill seeker looking to get a little wet. Anglers will really enjoy the six acre lake’s fishing, as it is well stocked with marine life. For those looking to relax and enjoy the serenity that the water can bring, canoeing is a popular choice, with many families participating together. Sand volleyball and picnic areas line the perimeters with a playground for the children. Rentals are available for all of the activities. The Gaston Edwards Park is located at 1236 N. Orange Ave. in Orlando and is open from 9:00 a.m. until sunset each day. Phone: 407-246-2283

Airport Lakes Park

This large park is located near the airport. Admission is free and visitors can participate in an array of activities. A playground keeps the children occupied while soccer, hiking, and fishing please the older crew. Picnic pavilions are available to rent from the city for parties and gatherings. After a picnic in the pavilions, the family can head down one of Airport Lakes Park’s nature trails for some beautiful scenery and wildlife sight-seeing. The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until a late 11:00 p.m. and is located at 7098 Shadowridge Drive. Phone: 407-246-4286

Dover Shores Community Center and Pool

Perhaps one of the most diverse parks in Orlando, it is an ever expanding tribute to a healthy and fun lifestyle. Dover Shores offers not only the standard playground and recreation area, but also a an olympic size pool, fitness center, computer lab, meeting rooms, baseball fields, raquetball, handball, and tennis. There is a 9,000 square foot multipurpose gymnasium and a recently completed 20,000 square foot golf training facility, featuring a putting green and driving cages. There are various activities offered at Dover Shores Community Center and Pool throughout the year such as self defense, watercolor painting and more. It is located at 1400 Gaston Foster Road and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Phone: 407-381-2708

Trotters Park

This unique park is the setting to a fantastic equestrian center and over all equestrian theme. Riding lessons are available for both children and adults with well-lit trails throughout the park. Set on one hundred acres, Trotters Park also offers soccer, baseball, biking and inline roller-blading trails. There is no cost for admission, though riding lessons and concessions are and added charge. It is located at 2701 Lee Road in Orlando and is open from 5:00 a.m. until sunset. Phone: 407-246-2646