Top 5 Local Picnic Spots to Take the Kiddos!

By Brooke Avedon
local picnic spots

The cool fall weather is on the way, and we are ready for some relaxing picnics outside with the whole family. Luckily, the Alachua County area has some great local picnic spots for all your outdoor lunchtime needs. Check them out below!

Depot Park

Located in Downtown Gainesville, Depot Park was once on a contaminated site until 2000, when GRU came up with “The Big Dig” plan to remove all contaminated soil and treat and discharge contaminated water. Depot Park opened in the summer of 2016 and features a large outdoor playground, large waterfall splash pad, a waters-edge promenade, conservation area, train station general store and a picnic pavilion. Depot Park will provide loads of entertainment and picnicking.

Cellon Oak Park

Cellon Oak Park is known for just that: an oak tree. However, the oak tree at Cellon is the largest live oak tree in the state of Florida. Cellon Oak Park is primarily just about the tree, with no restrooms or picnic tables (so bring a blanket), but a great place for you to have some fun playing with little ones. Given the usually quiet and relaxing nature of this park, time here is rejuvenating for any tired parent or a great spot for the kids to have some fun running around.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

This park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, and it’s the perfect place to bring the family. If you are lucky, you might even see some wild-roaming bison and horses during your visit. Click here to learn more about the site.

Ginnie Springs

Located on the Santa Fe River in High Springs Florida, Ginnie Springs is home to beautiful, crystal-clear springs. Grab your favorite inflatable and float down the river. Pack a lunch though because playing in the springs all day is sure to work up an appetite! You can either pack some sandwiches or take advantage of the grills in the park you can use to grill on!

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

This park is not only a great local p but its also a great place to connect with nature. You can view all kinds of wildlife from the viewing decks, and after your exploring, enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park! Click here to find out more about this space.


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