There is a reason why people love Orlando. Central Florida’s temperate climate means you don’t have to factor weather into your outdoor plans unless it is the hour per day it rains during “rainy season” (May through October). Even then, the consistently warm rain is great for the soul. While outdoor gyms can be found everywhere in the Orlando area, here are our favorites that range from a park with exercise equipment to true outdoor gyms.
1. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Kelly Park/Rock Springs
Located in nearby Apopka, Kelly Park is a favorite spot for kayakers, canoe enthusiasts and paddle boarders who launch next door at Camp Joy. The free-flowing, freshwater, natural spring is 68 degrees year-round and is surrounded by a beautiful forest. Trails run through picnic and camping sites making it the perfect shady spot for a paddle, float, jog, or walk. You may even see a turtle or two floating along with you.
Kelly Park/Rock Springs, 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL – ocfl.net/cultureparks
2. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Shingle Creek Regional Trail
Kissimmee may sit on Orlando’s southern border, but it holds a wonderful surprise among the theme parks and hotels. The city’s efforts to create an extensive off-road trail system are paying dividends in the form of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail. Park behind the Osceola Welcome Center and enjoy running, walking, cycling, canoeing or kayaking in the pristine Florida Everglades. While the trail currently extends for nearly 6.5 miles, plans are under way to extend it to a total of 32 miles between Kissimmee and Orlando.
Shingle Creek Regional Trail, Kissimmee, FL – shinglecreekregionaltrail.com
3. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Kissimmee Lakefront Park
Kissimmee Lakefront Park sits along the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga and offers fishing and picnicking as well as a trail system that lends itself to short runs. Plenty of open space makes it the perfect place to do bodyweight exercises with your personal trainer with the lake as your backdrop. In the not-so-distant future, Kissimmee Lakefront Park will serve as a main access point for the Shingle Creek Regional Trail.
Kissimmee Lakefront Park, 201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL – kissimmee.org
4. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Maitland Community Park
Nearby Maitland offers one of Orlando’s favorite outdoor gyms, Maitland Community Park. 25 acres of tree-filled beauty also boasts some of the areas finest amenities. Tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, indoor racquetball courts, a boardwalk, and a one mile walking path round out this park’s offerings. Best of all, the trails are shaded and well marked so you can keep track of your distance without squinting in the bright Florida sun. Meet a personal trainer here and you’re sure to get a killer workout on some of the park’s well-maintained benches, grassy areas and playground equipment.
Maitland Community Park, 1400 Mayo Ave, Maitland, FL – maitland.recdesk.com
5. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Lake Baldwin Park
If you are looking for a spot for you to share your workout with your furry best friend, look no further than Lake Baldwin Park in Winter Park. This off-leash dog park is one of two in the area that has a sandy beach. Situated on the shores of Lake Baldwin, this outdoor workout park has 25 picnic tables and 15 benches for all the step-ups, dips, incline push ups and box jumps your personal trainer can throw at you. As an added bonus, Lake Baldwin Park also offers a boat ramp and a dock for non-gas powered boats making it one of the premiere spots to launch your paddleboard with your dog in tow. Just don’t forget Fido’s life vest!
Lake Baldwin Park, 2000 S. Lakemont Avenue, Winter Park, FL – cityofwinterpark.org
6. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Cady Way Park
Staying in Winter Park for a minute, we have to mention Cady Way Park, home to picnic tables, tennis courts, softball fields, a pool, and a playground. While these amenities are sought after on their own, it’s Cady Way Park’s connection to the Cady Way Trail that makes it one of Orlando’s premiere outdoor gyms. This 6.5 mile-long asphalt trail travels along the former railway corridor throughout Winter Park. Perfect for runners, cyclists and skaters, there are shelters, restrooms and trash cans along the trail. Even better, the trail is clearly marked in half-mile increments meaning its possible to run negative splits without GPS. Eventually, it is expected that the Cady Way Trail will stretch more than 30 miles across Orlando and neighboring cities.
Cady Way Park, 2525 Cady Way, Winter Park, FL – cityofwinterpark.org
7. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Blue Jacket Park
For over 30 years, Blue Jacket Park was home to the Orlando Naval Training Center. Serving as home to thousands of naval servicemembers (also known as “Blue Jackets”), the area was designated a public park in 2000. Today, the 75 acre site serves as a favorite spot for athletes of all types. With baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a trail that spans more than 3 miles, Blue Jacket Park attracts thousands of visitors each day. There is also plenty of open green space, benches, and picnic tables for your personal trainer to help you maximize your workout.
Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Avenue, Orlando, FL – orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment
8. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Lake Eola Park
In the heart of downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park is not only one of Orlando’s best outdoor gyms, it is also one of the area’s hottest outdoor gathering spots. Runners and walkers love the one mile trail that circles the lake, making it easy to keep track of distances. Once you have worked up a sweat going around the lake, rent a paddleboat for a leg workout you won’t soon forget the cool water. As a bonus, the park’s amphitheater is home to several outdoor plays and concerts throughout the year for maximum entertainment while you work out.
Lake Eola Park, 512 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL – orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment
9. Orlando’s Best Outdoor Gyms: Lake Underhill Park
Lake Underhill Park may seem small at first, but it packs a fitness punch. At 8.8 acres, this outdoor workout park is equipped with a boat ramp for non-motorized boats making it an ideal spot for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding. Lake Underhill Park also boasts a 1.3 mile trail equipped with multiple fitness stations. Pull up, push up, balance, squat, dip, and climb to your heart’s content in this park with exercise equipment. While Lake Underhill Park is one of Orlando’s premiere outdoor gyms, it is also home to one of the area’s best kept secrets. The trail that passes through the park continues in both directions connecting it to five other Orlando parks, making it the perfect place to put in some distance without traffic.
Lake Underhill Park, 4355 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL – orlando.gov/Parks-the-Environment
Whether you are looking for a secluded little spot for a quiet paddle or a trail for a longer distance, Orlando has it all in their hundreds of outdoor gyms. Between the beautiful weather and the beautiful scenery who needs a theme park when you have an outdoor workout park? Throw in one of the best personal trainers in Central Florida and you have found your perfect workout plan!