Best Playgrounds in Orlando for Family Fun
The Orlando area has a host of great playgrounds for families to explore and where kids can burn off energy while playing with their friends. When the weather is nice, one of my family's favorite activities is park hopping, where in one day we travel to as many different playgrounds as time allows.
So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite playgrounds for families, from Lake County to Osceola County and in parts in between. Check out our list and see how it compares with yours.
And if you're looking for more ideas for local family fun, check out our roundup of the best restaurants with play spaces for kids in Orlando and our list of 50 things to do in Orlando with kids other than theme parks.
The Best Playgrounds for Kids and Families in Orlando
Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake — Orlando
This 183-acre park is worth the admission fee of $5 per car. There are several amenities for families, including two playground areas, multiple walking trails, including one with interactive activities and games, a fishing pier, sand volleyball, a dedicated drone flying area, disc golf, a swimming pool, and a small farm with barnyard animals including horses, chickens and goats.
Dr. P. Phillips Community Park — Orlando
Complete with a playground with climbing structures, a splash pad, dog park, walking trails, basketball court, sand volleyball courts, baseball field and soccer field, Dr. P Phillips Community Park offers something for everyone. Several locals have named this the best splash pad in the area with lots of room for the kids to run around and shaded areas for adults to sit.
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Barber Park — South Orlando
There are enough amenities at Barber Park for a full day of family fun. This park has two playgrounds, including an inclusive playground for kids of all abilities. It also offers sand volleyball, an outdoor roller hockey rink, skate park, basketball courts, soccer fields, and two dog parks. Construction is underway in 2020 for a splash pad and multipurpose fields.
Boxi Park — Lake Nona
Boxi Park combines food and family fun with outdoor counter-serve restaurants, a kids playground area, “Barxi” dog park and sand volleyball courts. This is a great weekend option, where kids can expel energy, the family can enjoy the outdoors along with a great meal, and you can even bring your four-legged family member along. The park is open Thursdays through Sundays, and vendors only accept credit and debit cards (no cash).
Community Playground — Winter Park
Known to locals as Castle Park, this large wooden play structure features multiple climbing features, swings, and slides. There is also a pavilion that can be rented for parties; rest rooms are nearby, along with a walking/jogging trail, and a small lake where families can fish.
Tucker Ranch Nature Preserve —Winter Garden
This new nature preserve in Winter Garden features a fun, wooden play structure with a treehouse feel, surrounded by beautiful shade trees. Visitors can nature trails, picnic areas, a canoe/kayak launch area and lots of open greenspace. There are also plans underway in 2020 to create a sustainable working farm within the preserve.
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Big Tree Park — Longwood
This 11-acre park is located within the 1,400-acre Spring Hammock Preserve. Central Florida natives might remember visiting “The Senator” here, a huge 3,500-year-old cypress tree that was sadly lost in a fire in 2012. There is a playground piece built to resemble the stump of the Senator that kids can enjoy climbing on and exploring, as well as swings and other climbing structures. The playground is entirely fenced in, great for containing little ones who might wander off, and has a covered pavilion next to it. Families can enjoy walking the recently renovated boardwalk to see the Senator’s sister tree “Lady Liberty,” a 2,000-year-old bald cypress tree. The park is also a head for the Cross Seminole Trail, a 23-mile paved walking/biking trail.
Center Lake Park — Oviedo
This park is the center of the new development Oviedo on the Park. It features a large outdoor amphitheater, swan paddle boats, splash pad, playground, lawn games, and dog park. The city hosts several events here throughout the year, including outdoor movie nights, food truck nights and more.
Fort Mellon Park — Sanford
This lakefront park has a large playground with swings, slides, and several climbing features, plus a splash pad, basketball courts, tennis courts, pavilions and greenspace. Families can enjoy a day at the park and walk to downtown Sanford for lunch, or take a stroll along the Riverwalk overlooking Lake Monroe. There is no shade over the playground or splash pad, so be sure to bring sunscreen.
Trailblazer Park — Lake Mary
Located at the Lake Mary Sports Complex, this park has a playground with several climbing features and swings, picnic pavilion and a splash pad (open seasonally with a $2-per-person daily admission fee). The playground and splash pad are adjacent to each other so kids can play on the playground then cool off afterward. The sports complex includes basketball courts, baseball fields, batting tunnels and cages, a tennis center, and soccer and kickball fields, so there is something for all ages to enjoy.
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Godwin Park — St. Cloud
The playground at Godwin Park feature a netplex play system, similar to a ninja warrior course. There is also a playground for smaller kids with a slide, swings and a small manual "merry-go-round." Older kids can enjoy two lighted tennis courts, a racquetball court and open space for relaxing or kicking a ball around.
Kissimmee Lakefront Park — Kissimmee
This large lakeside park has two playgrounds, a splash pad with a Florida theme, fishing pier, paved walking/biking trails and lots of open space. The City of Kissimmee hosts several community events here throughout the year, including outdoor movie nights, festivals, and fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Veteran's Park — St. Cloud
This park features several military vehicles on display as a tribute to veterans, as well as a playground area with climbing structures and slides, a band shell, and lots of green space to run around.
The Best Playgrounds for Kids and Families in Lake County, Florida
Gilbert Park - Mount Dora
This shaded lakeside playground has beautiful views of Lake Dora and the Mount Dora lighthouse, and includes a new pirate ship play structure with climbing features and slides. There is also a wooden toddler playground, a rope jungle gym, hammocks, and several swings, including an Expression Swing so parents can swing with their babies. There are multiple pavilions that can be rented for parties, lots of green area surrounding the park where kids can bring a ball to kick around, and bathroom facilities are close by. Just a short walk away is Palm Island Park, with boardwalks over Lake Dora and nature trails. Families can walk to downtown Mount Dora for lunch or a treat after playing at the park.
Lake Idamere Park — Tavares
This 45-acre park includes a large, all-inclusive playground with swings, slides, sand areas with diggers, a stage area for imaginative play, and even misters to stay cool. There is also a dog park, fishing pier, nature trails, and a Miracle League field, where kids of all abilities can enjoy baseball and track. The park is fully shaded so it’s great for hot summer days, but be sure to bring bug spray with you, especially if you walk the nature trails.
Waterfront Park — Clermont
Situated along the shoreline of Lake Minneola, this park features a small playground, splash pad, sandy beach area, sand volleyball, basketball, fishing piers, and a paved fitness trail. The splash pad is open seasonally from March through October, with an admission fee of $2 per person. The City of Clermont hosts several events here throughout the year, including a Dragon Boat Festival and the famous Pig on the Pond festival.
Places featured in this article:
Bill Frederick Park At Turkey Lake
Dr. P. Phillips Community Park
Tucker Ranch Nature Preserve
Big Tree Park
Center Lake Park
Fort Mellon Park
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
Lake Idamere Park