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“So very nice....BUT...Come on, Orlando...!”
Review of Moss Park

Moss Park
Ranked #149 of 442 things to do in Orlando
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

It was a gorgeous spring day, perfect for a picnic in the park. There were three of us in the car- my daughter, her 14 month old son, and me. We drove to Moss Park, thinking we'd pay a small fee for the day use; $3, we thought. The attendant peered into the car. "Three of you? That's $5". We dug around for the extra $2, paid, and proceeded into the park. Which, except for a family of four fishing lakeside,, was absolutely silent and empty. Yes, it may have been because it was a Monday. But I suspect that the steep fee to use the park played a part in whether people choose to go there.

That said, the play structure at this park is absolutely the best I've ever seen in an outdoors setting. My grandson, a relatively new walker, had a blast with the challenges that were scaled to his tiny body and abilities. He had so much fun. We took a walk and saw huge flocks of water birds- herons, cranes, etc. A highlight was watching a mother heron feed her chick.

On the way out, we stopped to ask about season passes. Since my daughter and her husband live only ten minutes from the park, it would make sense to spend the $$ on a pass. No, we were told, for two people you always pay $3; and for 3-8 people, you always pay $5, with graduated amounts after that.

What a shame that this play structure, this amazing park, sits empty on such a day...come on, Orlando, make season passes available to families who would use it all year long!

7  Thank JenPNC
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Been going to Moss Park for over 10 years, first when I moved down here as a teenager and now I take my kids there to see the beautiful oak trees and play on the awesome playground. Great for big outdoor gatherings, great little beach. Love love love the old oak hammocks

4  Thank flcatfam
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Moss park is probably best known to destination campers and locals but it's a fantastic place for anyone looking for a get-away from the theme parks or city life. This huge park has two lakes perfect for canoeing or fishing, a great nature trail (Split Oak Trail) and a great playground (or two) for the kids. One of the hidden gems of the park is a dock set way back in, on the way to the Split Oak Trail, that has one of the best lake views in the area. It's so serene and peaceful.
There is a small beach with a protected swim area and just a ways off shore from there is the largest natural bird sanctuary in the southeast, Bird Island. You can hear the thousands of birds from the beach.
If you are in the area during the week, you can also contact the local crew team, South Orlando Rowing Association, to arrange for a trip out on the lake with the recreational rowers.
There aren't many "frills" at Moss Park, but they do have several restroom facilities, grills for public use, covered pavilions and camp site rentals with hook-ups.
There are no equipment rentals, canoe rentals or
As with all state parks, there is a small fee to enter the park but for families, people who like to fish, bird watchers, or nature lovers in general, Moss Park is a day's worth of fun.

3  Thank weddingsbyrobert
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Had an amazing Father's Day Weekend fishing here. It is a simple escape from urban Orlando. We truly enjoyed ourselves.

2  Thank Pastelillo25
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Florida wild areas and some great Florida lakes. Very unique park for the area.

1  Thank LAGBolt
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