Hey y’all, it’s Westly from Healthy West Orange, here to cheer you on and spread the word about local health resources and events. It’s pretty much the best job ever.
I am living for this “winter” weather here in Central Florida! It makes me want to spend a ton of time outside and relaxing in nature. My favorite way to do just that is to have a picnic. So, pack your picnic basket, blanket, and snacks, because I’ve found some awesome spots in our community.
Dr. Phillips Community Park:
I love to sit and relax in the shade under the many pavilions. This park is super close to local attractions, you can even see the Wheel at ICON Park! There are sidewalks throughout the park, which are perfect for a walk or bike rides. Bring those bathing suits and stay cool in the splash pad! It’s truly fun for the whole fam, because there’s a dog park too!
Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland & Oakland Nature Preserve
Make a pit stop off the West Orange Trail at the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center at the Town of Oakland! There are beautiful oak trees offering shade, restrooms and water fountains, and head inside the Center for some air conditioning and amazing local art.
As you continue West down the Trail, take a break at Oakland Nature Preserve! There are many trails to explore, including the handicap accessible Healthy West Orange Boardwalk. The Education Center and several pavilions throughout the Preserve are great for catching some shade.
Tucker Ranch Recreation and Nature Complex in Winter Garden:
The pavilions with picnic tables are a great place to get out of the sun and enjoy snacks. The huge playground is awesome! Take a walk on the beautiful nature trails through giant oak trees to a lake. This park is pet friendly!
Quick tips for a successful picnic:
If the Florida heat creeps back in, head out in the morning or the evening when the temperature is more tolerable. How lovely does a brunch or happy hour picnic sound?!
Pack those personal fans! Having a breeze will keep your fam nice and cool.
Take steps to practice food safety! When prepping your food, don’t cross contaminate, pack a cooler or insulated bag with plenty of ice packs, and put raw meats for grilling on the bottom of the cooler.
For more health tips, events, and resources, head over to HealthyWestOrange.org. Wishing you