As the days grow warmer, and the days get longer, you’ll be spending more time outdoors in Winter Park. In honor of the first day of Spring, we’ve compiled a list of the best parks in Winter Park.
1. Central Park
Central Park is the crown jewel of all the parks in Winter Park. Conveniently located on Park Avenue in the heart of the downtown shopping district, this 11-acre park hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year including the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration.
2. Kraft Azalea Garden
This 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open all year from 8 a.m. until dusk. Lakefront, secluded and unique, Kraft Azalea is Winter Park’s secret garden! This beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property. The Exedra, pictured above, is close to Lake Maitland and is ideal for those sunset wedding ceremonies. Reserve this park for your private wedding with up to 20 guests. Call 407-599-3334 for more information.
3. Lake Baldwin Dog Park
Lake Baldwin Park is a beautiful, shady park that covers 23.16 acres on Lake Baldwin. The park is one of two city parks which boasts a sandy beach. This park is the only park in the city known as “dog-friendly” – dogs may be off leash during park hours of 8 a.m. to sunset. Lake Baldwin Park offers two pavilions available for reservation, a boat ramp for boats with no gas engines, picnic tables, and restrooms.
4. Mead Botanical Garden
Mead Botanical Garden is a 47.6 acre park that offers a variety of facilities including an amphitheater, butterfly garden, boardwalk, and a bike trail. The park is large enough to encompass several different ecosystems and is an ideal place for nature lovers.
The garden is listed on the “Great Florida Birding Trail.”
Amenities: picnic tables, one pavilion, one amphitheater, one dressing room building, one community garden, one Discovery Barn, one recreation center, two restroom buildings, and a bike trail.
5. Shady Park
Shady Park, centrally located in historical Hannibal Square next to the community center, features park benches and a tranquil sidewalk pathway. It is perfect for reading a book or hosting a special community event. It also includes a “spray play” water feature.