Take your family on an Easter picnic

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Beach fun © Sandestin

Florida Travel Guide to an Easter picnic

If you’re on a budget this Easter, pack an extra Easter basket and take your family picnicking – there are lots of picnic spots in Florida, from botanical gardens to natural parks. Fill your picnic basket with favorite treats and snacks, or create an Easter theme with colored eggs, Easter bread and some chocolate bunnies. Most parks are open until dusk, so bring along some toys and games, stay all day and watch the sunset.

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

We start with this park, because when Ponce de León arrived in Florida during the Easter feast (the Easter season is known as Pascua Florida in Spanish, meaning feast of flowers), he gave the land the moniker “La Florida”.  The Castillo de San Marcos was built by the Spanish and is the oldest of masonry fortresses in the United States and one of two in the entire world that is built from coquina, a type of limestone that is quite rare. So skip a brunch in downtown St. Augustine, spread out your blanket and enjoy a picnic as you watch boats sail by.

Kraft Azalea Gardens, Orlando

If you’re looking for a tranquil spot, head to the shores of Lake Maitland for Easter, and have your picnic under the shade of a large Cypress tree. Kraft Azalea Gardens is one of the hidden gems in Winter Park, and with the Exedra gives it a charm of old-Florida. Note there are no playgrounds, washrooms or grills, so you won’t have the crowds.

Atlantic Dunes Park, Delray Beach

With lifeguard supervision, let the kids play in the water all day, or take a walk through the dunes on the nature trail. There are restrooms, picnic tables and covered pavilions so arrive early to grab a great location.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Choose the type of garden you want at Heathcote Botanical Gardens and spread out your blanket for a picnic. You can theme your meal around the Herb Garden, with fresh herbs in your salad and sandwich spreads, or takeout sushi in the Japanese Garden, or dessert in the Reflection Garden.

Tell us…

What’s your favorite way to spend an afternoon on the long Easter weekend?