We can hardly wait! July is a veritable compendium of outdoor celebrations. Kicking off with the parades, cookouts and fireworks on the Fourth of July, the remainder of the month is devoted to National Picnic Month, National Grilling Month, National Anti-Boredom Month and the first leg of the Dog Days of Summer. All of us here at Woody’s Bar-B-Q are big fans of the Great Outdoors, so one of our favorite July commemorations is National Park and Recreation Month – the perfect time to explore your local parks and discover all that they have to offer. You could while away an afternoon playing on the playground, hiking along a scenic and shaded trail or packing a picnic and meeting friends for lunch under your favorite pavilion. There’s also the allure of a night spent under the stars – swapping ghost stories by firelight and sleeping in a tent to the sound of crickets chirping peacefully nearby. It goes without saying that Woody’s Bar-B-Q makes the perfect addition to these excursions – slow-smoked BBQ and picnic tables go together like campfires and s’mores. To help you combine the two, we’ve made a list of some of our favorite parks near our locations – making it easy for you to snag our BBQ, sides, dessert and tea TO GO…
Woody’s Bar-B-Q Locations in FLORIDA
Cocoa – 4885 US HWY 1, Cocoa, FL 32927
Best Park Nearby: Manatee Cove – As the name might suggest, this park is great for manatee sightings, but also offers several great shoreline fishing spots, a canoe launch, playground, trails and picnic tables.
Fernandina – 474323 E. State Road 200, Fernandina, FL 32034
Best Park Nearby: Fort Clinch State Park – Built in 1847, Fort Clinch played a role in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars and today the historic fort sits centerstage in a 1,400-acre park that is graced with live oaks draped in Spanish moss, a network of trails and campgrounds, three distinct sections of beach shoreline and more.
Green Cove Springs – 1301 N Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
Best Park Nearby: Spring Park – This lovely park on the banks of the St. Johns River boasts a playground, picnic tables, gazebo, spring-fed swimming pool and the City Pier.
Holly Hill – 1593 North Nova Road, Holly Hill, FL 32117
Best Park Nearby: Sunrise Park – Poised on the banks of the Halifax River, this park features a walking trail, playground, boat ramp, picnic pavilions and beautiful views of – you guessed it – the sunrise.
Jacksonville – 5930 Powers Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32217
Best Park Nearby: Earl Johnson Memorial Park – Featuring two fishing lakes, eight youth soccer fields and picnic shelters, this park is named after the first African American member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, who worked tirelessly for civil rights throughout Florida.
Jacksonville – 1638 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32217
Best Park Nearby: Saratoga Lake Park – Located less than a half-mile from The ORIGINAL Woody’s Bar-B-Q, this hidden gem of a passive park features a picturesque lake with an island at its core. It’s a great place to sit on a bench and reflect or enjoy a lovely lunch at a picnic table.
Lake Wales – 19501 US Highway 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Best Park Nearby: Lake Kissimmee State Park – Featuring miles of trails for hikers and equestrians alike, this sprawling state park also offers full-capacity and primitive camping sites, boat ramp and marina, fishing, picnic tables, pavilions and more.
Macclenny – 1482 South 6th Street, Macclenny, FL 32063
Best Park Nearby: Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park – The site of Florida’s largest Civil War battle, this park is a scenic place for geocaching, hiking a one-mile trail or dining al fresco in the picnic area – set in the shade of a stand of pine trees.
Melbourne – 2227 West New Haven Ave, West Melbourne, FL 32904
Best Park Nearby: Bryant Adams Park – For a change of pace, this West Melbourne park boasts an off-leash dog parks – perfect for playing with your pooch. It also features tennis, pickleball and racquetball courts for when you prefer to play with friends of the two-legged variety.
Orange City – 2621 Enterprise Road, Orange City, FL 32763
Best Park Nearby: Blue Spring State Park – Set along the St. Johns River, the waters of Blue Spring are ideal for manatee watching. You can also go on a two-hour ecological boat tour, set up camp within walking distance of the spring, fish the river or hike the 3.6-mile Pine Island Trail.
Palatka – 110 S State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177
Best Park Nearby: Ravine Gardens State Park – A pair of ancient ravines have been transformed into a rustic tropical garden that features a series of trails for cycling or hiking and a series of locations for picnicking while taking in the sights.
Palm Coast / Flagler – 99 Flagler Plaza Dr, Palm Coast, FL 32137
Best Park Nearby: Moody Park – Set in a stand of ancient live oaks, this 3.4-acre passive park features a nature trail and picnic sites.
Ponte Vedra Beach – 226 Solana Road, Suite 1, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Best Park Nearby: Bird Island Park – As the name would suggest, this park is ideal for bird watching as a favorite stop for water fowl and tourists alike. It features a unique hedged sea turtle maze, storytelling spot with benches and a small amphitheater, and a boardwalk that encircles a pond with Bird Island in the center, a gazebo on the waterfront and a play area for the little ones.
Sebastian – 13600 US Highway 1, Suite 18, Sebastian, FL 32958
Best Park Nearby: Sebastian Inlet State Park – Well-known among surfers, this park showcases a 40-mile-long multi-use path for cyclists and joggers alike, as well as campgrounds, boat ramps, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and a wide array of picnic areas.
Woody’s Bar-B-Q Location in PENNSYLVANIA
Huntingdon – 7620 Lake Raystown Shopping Ctr, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Best Park Nearby: Historic Blair Park – Poised on the banks of Standing Stone Creek, this historic park features gardens, several miles of walking trails and a collection of historic structures tucked away in the woods.