10 Best Parks for a Picnic
Take advantage of the breathtaking trees and flowers in bloom and pack up your picnic basket and head outside! While many parks offer beautiful scenery to enjoy alongside a picnic, there are only a handful that go above and beyond to offer you the perfect atmosphere for a memorable day with your loved ones. Here are the 10 best parks for a picnic you will never forget!
City Park – Denver, Colorado
Take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy a relaxing picnic at this beautifully renovated City Park. Pack up your food, bikes, and some athletic shoes for a day of leisure and activities, including miles of beautiful green grass, the Mile High Loop Trail and a horseshoe court. Also referred to as Colorado’s answer to Central Park, this park holds everything from Ice Cream Socials to a free dancing water show at the Electric Prismatic Fountain that was built in 1908. With everything that this park has to offer, we know you and your loved ones will enjoy every second!
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Polliwog Park – Manhattan Beach, California
Either call ahead and reserve one of the 15 picnic tables this park offers or pack up a blanket and some loungers and head to the largest park in the South Bay for a fun-filled picnic! Nestled in the quiet streets of Manhattan Beach, this park offers 18-acres of great spots to enjoy the day. The large pond in Polliwog Park is surrounded by beautiful green grass perfect for relaxation and activities, including a large wildlife refuge and an amphitheater that holds free events and concerts for everyone to enjoy. After having a relaxing picnic, play some disc golf at the park’s 9-hole course or head to the neighboring botanical gardens for a day to remember!
Moanalua Gardens Park – Honolulu, Hawaii
You’ll find many beautiful shady trees at this spot, as Moanalua Gardens has been preserving them since the 1970s. After enjoying a relaxing time under some of the largest trees Oahu has to offer, head over and feed some Koi fish or take advantage of the beautiful, wide open spaces that this park holds! With miles and miles of green grass on the tropical island, we know it’ll be easy to find the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a beautiful picnic.
Mount Tabor Park – Portland, Oregon
Enjoy views of the dormant volcano, Mount Hood, and downtown Portland from this beautiful spot. Make the climb or pack up and drive to the designated spots at the top of the park to enjoy a picnic with a breathtaking view! Perfect for families looking for a little adventure, this park holds endless activities for everyone – including hiking, biking, endless opportunities for various sports, a dog park, and a gorgeous reservoir. Home of the Annual Soap Box Derby Races, what more could you ask for while looking for an exciting place to picnic?
Fort Tryon Park – Manhattan, New York City, New York
When many think of picnicking in the Big Apple, the first thing to pop into their mind is Central Park. However, we see Fort Tryon Park just as fitting for a fun relaxing day in the big city. Gifted to New York City by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1931, this park is recognized as one of the most beautiful pieces of art the city has to offer. With eight miles of pathways and Heather Garden, the largest unrestricted garden in New York City, this park is a great place to head to with a picnic basket, your loved ones, and even your furry friends! With Manhattan’s largest dog run, and a gazebo area for the owners, this spot is guaranteed fun!
Walk of Fame Park – Nashville, Tennessee
Filled with tribute stars for those who have impacted the famous Music City, this park serves as a place of entertainment for everyone – especially music lovers! Neighboring the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, be sure to take a walk after enjoying your picnic at this unique spot. With a prime location in the city, take advantage of the bicycles for rent and explore everything this park has to offer!
Zilker Park – Austin, Texas
With the Austin weather warming up, it’s time to head to Barton Springs in Zilker Park for a great day outdoors. Pack up a football, frisbee, or a kite before you head out and enjoy the miles upon miles of open green grass. This park is always filled with smiling faces and happy puppies, and it serves as a great place to meet people and let your furry friends off the leash. With a playground, train rides, and a swimming pool, we promise you won’t run out of things to do!
Elena Gallegos Picnic Area – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reserve a covered picnic area and barbeque pit, pack up some patties, and head to this beautiful spot for a great day with family and friends. Head out early to enjoy breathtaking views from the east to the west, the self guiding tour, and the Cottonwood Springs Trail. With amazing wildlife and a beautiful pond, this park offers activities to fill the whole day with fun. Don’t forget to check out the Elena Gallegos Information Center to learn more about the family-based activities the park offers throughout the year!
The Presidio – San Francisco, California
For a day filled with beauty and a little history, head to Presidio Park, a former military base with countless picturesque landscapes. Pack up your basket with your favorite foods and snacks and escape the bustling city for your picnic – you won’t regret it! This park offers a sense of solidarity for the family amongst Presidio forest and the countless trails that one of the largest parks San Francisco has to offer. With seasonal foods to try and beautiful views and scenery- this will be a day you won’t forget!
Roger Williams Park – Providence, Rhode Island
This 435-acre park is filled with every ingredient needed for a day of romance. Be sure to head out early to enjoy some time with your loved one and a delicious picnic before checking out the Roger Williams Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This park is filled with beautiful ponds and great walking spaces, a duck boat ride, and a carousel that is sure to keep your sweetheart smiling. Don’t forget to check out Food Truck Fridays, they happen every week during the warmer months! In the end, no matter which park you decide to head to, be sure to take advantage of some great time with the people you care about in beautiful weather – you’re bound to make memories that you will never forget!
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