Top Parks for Picnics on Florida’s Atlantic Coast

Enjoy outdoor fun at some of the best parks for picnics in Florida.
Pack a cooler and enjoy outdoor fun at some of the best parks for picnics in Florida

Anastasia Island State Park

Anastasia Island State Park in St. Augustine, FL offers three picnic pavilions overlooking the marsh or ocean, and you can always spread a blanket in front of the sea oats on the sugar sand beach.

With over 1,600 acres to explore, be sure to pack the sunscreen, an extra water bottle and your camera to properly take in all that one of the best Florida State Parks has to offer. Walk the pristine beach all the way north to the St. Augustine Inlet, or hike the dune trails to Salt Run on the west side of the island. Other outdoor activities here include fishing, swimming, boating, and shelling.

Camping by permit is available, meaning a beautiful sunset picnic is also an option.

Princess Place Preserve

For wildlife lovers, Princess Place Preserve offers the most entrancing picnic opportunity with free-roaming wildlife including deer, turkeys and an abundance of migratory birds throughout the year. The animals are accustomed to human presence, making for some of the most incredible wildlife viewing available anywhere in the state.

Several covered picnic tables throughout the park allow visitors to wind around the park’s roads and select the perfect spot to pop the cooler: by the marsh grass, near the fishing dock, or among tall scrub pines. Grills are also provided, so all that’s needed is charcoal, utensils and some ready-to-cook items.

Visit Lighthouse Point Park, one of our favorite parks for picnics on Florida's Atlantic Coast
Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park

At the top of any list of things to do in Ponce Inlet, FL has to be a picnic in Lighthouse Point Park, where visitors can enjoy the beach, a covered picnic pavilion, and a nature walk through the ancient oak hammocks beneath the majestic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

A sunrise picnic is a great option here to beat spring and summer afternoon crowds and experience the beach coming to life with the original locals: the wildlife. Situated at the mouth of Ponce Inlet, the waters here teem with life including jumping baitfish, dolphins, manatees, diving birds and wading birds. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line while enjoying breakfast for the chance to pull a trophy redfish, Spanish mackerel or black drum from the surf.

Visit Blue Springs State Park, on one of our favorite parks for picnics in Florida
Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs State Park

Shifting gears to Florida’s freshwater side, award-winning Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, FL is the perfect place to cool off as afternoon temperatures climb in late spring.

Just a short drive from coastal vacation spots like Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Flagler Beach, the chance to dive into the constantly 72-degree and crystal clear spring waters at Blue Springs make this excursion an excellent opportunity.

Covered picnic tables overlooking the spring run or on the bank of the St. Johns River offer several shaded places to picnic.

Whether you’re here for the beach, the wildlife, or just a quiet place to relax with the family this spring, these top Florida picnic spots have you covered.

Discover these great parks and more at www.FloridaStateParks.org.

 

 

 

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