Taking the kids to the playground is a great option for free fun. They can run around, get fresh air, make new friends, try new activities and sometimes even learn new things. But not all playgrounds are created equal. Some have more than just your normal swings and slides of old.
Here is a list of the best playgrounds in the Orlando area to take the kids to.
These are the best playgrounds in Orange County to check out.
Bear Creek Recreation Complex
Enjoy two completely different playgrounds inside of the same complex at Bear Creek Recreation Complex. The larger of the two is pirate ship themed. While the smaller of the two is perfect for the avid climber.
Bill Frederick Park’s 183 acres provides families with all kinds of recreational activities including hiking, lake access, boat rental, fishing, bird watching, drone flying zones, volleyball, disc golf, camping, swimming pool, horse shoes, bike paths, a children’s farm, farm gazebo, butterfly garden and playgrounds. This amazing Orlando playground is definitely is one you will want to search out soon.
Location: 3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835
Cost: $5.00 per car per day
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Your children will love exploring this replica of Fort Christmas, along with authentic houses that have been donated for historic preservation. Seeing the chickens, goats and rabbits next to a playground that looks like a log cabin will help you all feel as if you have stepped back in time. A wonderful mix of education, history and fun.
Location: 1300 N Fort Christmas Rd, Christmas, FL 32709
Lake Lily Park
Set on the edge of a beautiful lake Lake Lily Park shaded park is a wonderful place for play dates. This peaceful park has incredibly low traffic on weekdays and a wonderful farmers market on Sundays.
Location: 701 Lake Lily Dr, Maitland, FL 32751
Lake Lorna Doone Park
Orlando just gave this Lake Lorna Doone Park an 8 million dollar face lift. Improvements include a walking loop, installation of a fitness station, pavilion, an inclusive playground, two new basketball courts with covered seating and a water spray park. Other improvements include increased parking, new restroom facilities, benches, drinking fountains, a fountain in the lake and a community garden.
Location: 1519 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805
Matthew’s Park is a quaint neighborhood park that is colorful, musical and interactive. Bring a ball for four square and your jumping feet for hopscotch. This is one of the best Orlando playgrounds.
Location: 205 E Hazel St, Orlando, FL 32804
MLK Jr Park
MLK Jr Park has a castle-like community playground. It is a very large wooden structure that allows kids to navigate through many levels as a maze. Fenced and very shaded this Winter Park playground is everyone’s favorite!
Location: 1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phelps Park is an amazing playground from Kompan Designs®. It is a perfect way for kids to explore and develop their play abilities. Restrooms and shaded seating inside the fully fenced play area. A great place for kids 2 – 12.
Location: 1206 N Phelps Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Open 8am to 5pm, Tucker Ranch is an this oak haven that provides the perfect amount of shade for this Kompan Designs® play set.
Location: 70 Tucker Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787
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Best Playgrounds in Seminole County
These are the best playgrounds in Seminole County to check out.
Fort Mellon Park
Right off the river, the Fort Mellon Park playground has something for every age. With shaded pavilions and lots of places to cool off, your kids will be begging to return over and over.
Location: 600 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771
Lake Mills Park
Lake Mills Park is a newly renovated playground near a beautiful lake and convenient camping. This playground is the perfect nature themed park to get your outdoor living kids excited about play.
Location: 1301 Tropical Ave, Chuluota, FL 32766
Lee P. Moore Park
Hidden inside a quiet neighborhood, Lee P. Moore Park, is perfect for your toddlers as well as your older adventurers. Two tiny houses offer music, color and fun for the babies. While the older kids will love climbing and sliding on the artsy playset just for them.
Location: 106 Sweet Bay Dr. Sanford FL
Red Bug Lake Park
Colorful and calming, the playground at Red Bug Lake Park offers something for every age. The zipline is a a lot of fun for children!
Location: 3600 Red Bug Lake Rd, Casselberry, FL 32707
The playground at Sanlando Park is wonderfully shaded! This tall play space is filled with options for climbing and lots of room for running. The fully fenced area provides wonderful safety for families with multiple children.
Location: 401 W Highland St, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Torcaso Cove Park
Torasco Cove Park is an ocean themed playground that is packed with fun. From the whale that can be scaled to the boats that offer wonderful storylines all the way up to a lighthouse shaped tower, this playground encourages imaginary play in ways you can sea.
Location: 104 N Moss Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708
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Best Playgrounds in Osceola County
These are the best playgrounds in Osceola County to check out.
Children and families of all abilities can enjoy so many of the play areas in this inclusive playground. Two zip lines, wide ramps, varied swings and easily accessible gliders makes Cannery Park the perfect playground for everyone in your family.
Location: 901 Virginia Ave. St Cloud, FL 34769
Fortune Road Athletic Complex
The vibrant and spacious playground at Fortune Road Athletic Complex has a section for under 5 as well as a section for up to 12. Each provides the best of both worlds for your kids. The tall structure is perfect for your adventuring types. There is a swing made for surfing and a swing where parents can swing with their littles. This is a wonderful park to spend the day!
Location: 2500 Fortune Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Godwin Park is extreme fitness meets Orlando fun! This unique space by Landscape Structures® features a wall climb, A-frame cargo net, rope climb, peg bridge, jump hang, globe grasp, vertical cargo net and more. If you are a parent who love to play alongside your kids this is the spot for you
Location: 317 Delaware Ave, St Cloud, FL 34769
Senses Park is an All-Inclusive Playground that caters to children on the autism spectrum. The structures are separated by space to allow for self-learning, exploration and less intense social play experiences for those on the autism disorder spectrum. A key feature for parents is a perimeter fence, so that children can’t wander or bolt. The inclusive play space is fully accessible for children who use wheelchairs. Parents and children alike will love the nature sounds that echo through the park and bring calm to the atmosphere.
Location: 2296 Camelia Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34743
Best Playground in Lake County
This is the best playground in Lake County to check out.
Lake Hiawatha Preserve
This playground at Lake Hiawatha Preserve gives a nod to Old Florida by celebrating the history of the area. A working replica of an old-fashioned water tower was added to the playground for the kids to splash in. The 220 acres this park sits on used to be orange groves but now connects the Lake Minneola-Clermont Scenic Trail.
Location: 450 12th St, Clermont, FL 34711
Guest post by Jasmin Barone – All photos courtesy of Jasmin Barone
As an educator and child care provider here in Orlando, Jasmin treasures all the amazing outdoor opportunities our area has to offer. When with children she strives to incorporate hands on learning with real experience giving children the ability to learn on their terms. She is currently an enrichment teacher at The Studio School which specializes in educating dyslexic learners. Jasmin shares the top parks in the area on her instagram page instagram.com/dangerdadruggedduck.