Exploring the parks around town can be just as awesome as a road trip.

We love road trips, of course, but it’s not every day that we’re on the road to a faraway city or state. But still, this certainly doesn’t stop us!

Therefore, exploring neighborhood parks on a weekly basis is our constant dose of fun!

favorite neighborhood parks near Orlando Green Springs Park
Green Springs Park, Deltona

4 Great Neighborhood Parks near Orlando

Besides visiting some of the most amazing places in Florida, we’re also on a constant hunt for local parks or neighborhood parks. They’re the perfect setting for laid-back outings, picnics, and these are also super accessible for everyone.

favorite neighborhood parks near Orlando Lake Mirror Lakeland
Lake Mirror, Lakeland

One of the things we love the most about these great neighborhood parks near Orlando is the fact that they’re free! I mean, having fun outdoors without admission fees? Heck yes!

Most of these parks we’ve found just by looking at the map. Others are so close to home that it would be a shame to miss them.

So whether or not these parks are close to you, give yourself the opportunity to visit them and other parks around your neighborhood. You’d be surprised at how much fun it can be!

Lake Lotus Park, Altamonte Springs

This is such a good one! It has an education center, a 1-mile boardwalk, and an enclosed window lookout on the lake. A free shuttle also picks you up at the parking area and takes you inside the park.

lake lotus park shuttle

lake lotus park boardwalks

favorite neighborhood parks near Orlando window on the lake

lake lotus park window lake

Plan your visit

Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Fees: Admission Free

Location: 1153 Lake Lotus Park Rd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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PEAR Park, Leesburg

With plenty of miles of trails to explore, this is really a must-visit for hiking and nature lovers. Bordered by the Palatlakaha River, it’s home to a great variety of wildlife. There’s an overlook pavilion, butterfly garden, scrub trails, and so much more!

favorite neighborhood parks near Orlando observation pavilion in PEAR Park in Leesburg

observation pavilion in PEAR park

trail markers in PEAR park

hiking trails in PEAR park

Plan your visit

Hours: 6:30 am to dusk

 Fees: Admission Free

Download the PEAR Park Map 

Location: 5241 Legacy Blvd, Leesburg, FL 34748

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Fort Christmas Historical Park, Chrismas

This park actually features a replica of a fort built in 1837 during the Second Seminole War. It has a schoolhouse, sugar mill, pioneer homes, and other historic artifacts. A super cool park to visit for the whole family!

favorite neighborhood parks near Orlando Fort Christmas Historical Park

Fort Christmas Historical Park schoolhouse

replica of 1837 fort in Fort Christmas

museum in Fort Christmas

Plan your visit

Park Hours: Open daily. Summer hours 8 am to  8 pm. Winter hours 8 am to 6 pm.

Museum & Homes: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Fees: Admission Free

Location: 1300 Fort Christmas Rd, Christmas, FL 32709

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