Everybody loves throwing their blankets down on a sunny ground of grass or sand, bringing their baskets full of goodies and quilted table cloth to mingle in the nature and enjoy some food with their family or friends. Summer is officially the most popular time to picnic when millions gather and go out to the seaside, mountain parks and lakeshores looking to have some satisfying time with each other in the natural habitat. There are numerous benefits of picnicking outside: it is so much more cheaper than eating in a restaurant especially for sizable families, there is plenty of space and its generally fun time for anyone to spent some time together. Some also stick it to that food tastes better when it’s eaten outdoors.
There are countless possibilities when comes to choosing the best location for your picnic and there are also specially designated areas for picnics across the country. With 392 national parks to choose from USA is among the most picturesque places for picnics. This is why we prepared a list for you with the most amazingly beautiful picnic spots around the country.
- Central Park, New York City
With 843 acres of green area central park has plenty of space for New Yorkers to escape the cement jungle of the urban area. It is very popular destination for all kinds of activities and many like to shop at the local market or deli before they take a slow walk through the park looking for their perfect picnic spot. It could also be described as America’s most popular picnic spot of them all.
- Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Sandy Hook is a barrier island in the Monmouth County, New Jersey. The seven mile long area of breathtaking ocean is very popular destination among surf casting fishermen, many enjoy doing watersports or just loosen up on the sand. It is also perfect place for nature lovers as there are over 300 different kinds of migratory birds and intact forest that provides shade for visitors. This is very popular weekend spot for New Yorkers as they take the ferry from lower Manhattan to Sandy Hooke in search of their perfect picnic spot.
The view is just perfect of New York Harbor from the North Beach Observation Deck where picnic tables are available. Guardian Park also has picnic tables and areas for the grills. It is also the only area where grilling is permitted.
- Point Dume, California
Many who opt for a trip to Malibu allocate a lot of their time to the charming scenery that is Point Dume national preserve. It is described as California’s most beautiful stretch of coastline with numerous rocky cliffs, bays and beach accessible roads. On the clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of Santa Monica Bay. With short under one hour drive from LA this is ideal location to combine your picnic fest with some time at the beach. If you are lucky enough you might also spot California grey wales while enjoying your picnic feast.
- Kate Sessions Memorial Park, San Diego
This is a lovely park with fabulous views of San Diego, the harbor and Coronado bridge. Usually it is not overcrowded and it’s free to enter. You can have your picnic on a grassy hill with 180-degree view of the pacific. The hill is very popular for the kite lovers to fly their kites in the beautiful skyline. Many also just relax and lay on their blankets all day after they finish their picnic.
- Guadalupe River, Texas
This park is favorite among many hikers and water enthusiasts with its miles of riverfront access. The river is very clean and safe for swimming if you are little bit careful and reasonable. It also attracts many picnickers who spread their blankets next to the water and enjoy their picnics in relaxed and friendly environment. There are also many activities that you can practice after your meal, like a short walk in the forest, watersports on the river like canoeing, there is plenty of fish to be caught for fishing enthusiasts and for little more adventurous there is tubing down the river.
- Grant Park, Chicago
With its 319 acres of green area and location close by business district Grant Park it is an ideal place for Chicagoans to go and enjoy their picnic. There is also food festival Taste of Chicago starting in Jul. which can cater for all your picnic needs. Allocate you picnic spot near the fountain from which there are gorgeous views of the city and lakes. There are always people around and if you enjoy people watching this picnic destination might be for you.
- Cumberland Islands, Georgia
This is the biggest barrier island in Georgia with spectacular natural environment in the Northern Hemisphere. If you are looking for wilderness and pristine beaches you can have wonderful experience here. You can see wild horses at the Dungeness Ruins, wild turkeys and armadillos while enjoying your picnic lunch. It is well worth 45 minute ferry ride to visit Cumberland Islands.
- Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Maine
With its extensive trial network and about 5 miles of intersecting walking paths over even terrain this is perfect destination for the whole family to enjoy walk in the woods, by the ocean. Most of the trails are also wheelchair accessible. There are many picnic tables and green areas throughout the park and also you can lay on the rocks and appreciate beautiful coastal views after the picnic.
- Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
This is the perfect destination for people who like nature, picnics, hiking, boating and nice friendly local people. The entire island is dedicated National Park and is run by very friendly park rangers who make sure that you have a great visit. The terrain consists of many lakes and is home to countless wildlife like wolves, moose and many species of birds. It is ideal that you combine picnic on this island with other adventures on this 896 square miles area because of its remote location 4 hours by ferries or you can fly with a seaplane that can be book by local operator.
- Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado
With its close proximity to Denver this park is popular spot for Denverians to go for picnics as this park enjoy the best picnic areas in the whole of Colorado. It is very popular for families with children because rocky terrain and shallow areas of boulder creek which are perfect for kids to climb and swim. During the rains and early ice melts South Boulder Creek roars and gushes offering spectacular views. This amazing park is also world class hiking destination with over 500 trails and routes. There are plenty of green areas for picnics which are surrounded with beautiful sandstone cliffs.