50 Best Picnic Spots to Visit in America

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Find a beautiful place for a picnic in every single state. Here are the 50 best picnic spots in America!

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Alabama

Gulf State Park

It’s hard to argue with the perfection of white sand beaches for a picnic spot.

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Alaska

Symphony and Eagle Lake

If you’re looking for the best picnic spots near you, bring a blanket and spend the entire day exploring the park.

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Arizona

Papago Park

Beat the heat with a sunrise breakfast picnic.

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Arkansas

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Get a takeout picnic from a restaurant and hike Pinnacle Mountain for valley views.

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California

La Jolla Cove

In California, head to the “most photographed spot in San Diego,” for the picnic of a lifetime.

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Colorado

Garden of the Gods

If you’re looking for the most beautiful picnic areas in America, Garden of the Gods is a beautiful destination in Colorado and is less crowded than Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Connecticut

Argia Mystic Cruise

Bring your picnic onto a 19th-century schooner for an authentic Connecticut experience.

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Delaware

Bellevue State Park, Wilmington

If you fish, we recommend visiting this stocked pond for a picnic at this state park.

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Florida

Founders Park Beach, Islamorada

The pirate ship playground is perfect for families with kids.

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Georgia

Forsyth Park, Savannah

Explore over 30 acres in historic Savannah before sitting down for a picnic next to the iconic Forsyth Fountain.

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Hawaii

Magic Island Lagoon

This man-made lagoon is the perfect place for families to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beach.

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Idaho

City of Rocks National Reserve

You can birdwatch and hike in the Silent City of Rocks before enjoying a picnic with a view.

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Illinois

Millennium Park

If you’re searching for entertaining picnic areas in Chicago, grab a Chicago dog and head to the urban oasis in the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.

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Indiana

Virginia B. Fairfield Art and Nature Park, Indianapolis

There are 100 acres to explore in Indianapolis’s heart–plenty of places for a picnic.

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Iowa

Pikes Peak State Park

A 500-foot bluff overlooks the convergence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

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Kansas

Horsethief Canyon, Kanopolis State Park

Enjoy a picnic and a day of hiking or horseback riding in the first state park in Kansas.

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Kentucky

Dinosaur World, Cave City

A once-in-a-lifetime experience – picnicking while surrounded by life-size dinosaurs.

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Louisiana

The End of the World

Grab take out from a neighborhood restaurant and sit among cypress trees at this makeshift park.

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Maine

Acadia National Park

The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast is a must-visit for anyone in Maine.

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Maryland

Sherwood Gardens, Baltimore

Pack a springtime picnic and head to this secret gem in Baltimore to take in the 80,000 tulips planted throughout the park.

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Massachusetts

Halibut Point State Park

If you’re searching for the best picnic spots with a view, set your picnic blanket on the rocks overlooking the Atlantic  – on a cloudless day, you can see Maine.

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Michigan

Esrey Park, Eagle Harbor

Pack a dinner picnic and catch the Northern Lights at this Upper Peninsula park.

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Minnesota

Burlington Bay Beach

Camp and picnic right on the charming shores of Lake Superior.

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Mississippi

Cypress Swamp- Natchez Trace

Take a short 20-minute walk on the boardwalk over the swamp before unpacking your picnic basket near the parking area.

Missouri

Kauffman Legacy Park

Wander around this 2-acre park in Kansas City before finding a spot in the Memorial Garden for an outdoor meal.

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Montana

Avalanche Creek Picnic Area

If there’s one thing western Montana has plenty of, it’s big skies and impressive views.

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Nebraska

Ponca State Park

Make a picnic part of a weekend stay at this Missouri River bluffs state park.

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Nevada

Sand Harbor State Park

Explore rock formations, go swimming, and try kayaking before enjoying a sunset picnic on the beach.

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New Hampshire

Star Island, Isle of Shoals

Explore the early history of the United States with a day trip to Star Island.

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New Mexico

White Sands National Park

Enjoy a picnic at one of America’s coolest national parks, or spend a few days camping.

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New Jersey

Cape May Point State Park

Picnic on the shore of Cape May before heading into the resort town to explore the boardwalk.

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New York

Central Park

Pack a lunch and spend the day exploring one of the most famous parks in the world.

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North Carolina

Stone Mountain Park

Explore the wilderness surrounding a 600-foot granite dome before unpacking your picnic.

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North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

There’s no better spot to experience the North Dakota countryside than one of the picnic pavilions in this national park.

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Ohio

Ault Park Cincinnati

Spend an afternoon wandering around this park’s 200-acres with picnic spots overlooking the Little Miami River Valley.

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Oklahoma

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur

Picnic after you spend a day boating, fishing, and swimming at Lake Arbuckle in this lovely recreation area.

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Oregon

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

Wander around tidepools and birdwatch while you enjoy a picnic on the sand.

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Pennsylvania

Big Pocono State Park

Visit this mountain range after stopping by one of the state’s Amish markets for snacks and handmade crafts.

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Rhode Island

Beavertail State Park, Jamestown

Set up a picnic with classic New England shoreline views.

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South Dakota

Bear Butte State Park

Take your picnic to the top of this geological feature near Sturgis and with spectacular views and rich history as a sacred site.

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South Carolina

Congaree National Park

Rent a canoe in Columbia before taking your picnic onto Cedar Creek and explore this national park by water.

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Tennessee

Shelby Farm Park

You’ll find many activities at this park–horseback riding, a dog beach, kayaking, and even a wandering herd of bison.

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Texas

Barton Creek Greenbelt, Austin

Locals love this South Austin greenbelt, spend the day swimming and picnicking on the river’s shore.

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Utah

Bridal Veil Falls

Take advantage of the grills next to the picnic tables before trekking up the short hike to see this natural waterfall in Provo Canyon.

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Vermont

Trapp Family Lodge

See where the Von Trapp family found Austria in the United States and enjoy an outdoor lunch at the Slayton Pasture Cabin.

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Virginia

Meems Bottom Covered Bridge, Mount Jackson

If you’re researching the best picnic areas, we recommend visiting the longest covered bridge in Virginia. Enjoy a picnic on the shores of the Shenandoah River.

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Washington

Deception Pass State Park

Bring a meal with you as you enjoy the Pacific coastline splendor at this picnic spot.

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Washington D.C

United States National Arboretum

Eat on the grassy slopes before wandering through almost 500 acres of cultivated plant beds.

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West Virginia

Blackwater Falls State Park

Any of the falls and overlooks in this state park will make memorable picnic spots.


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Wisconsin

Siskiwit Bay, Cornucopia

Rent a boat in this idyllic lake town and experience Lake Superior from the safety of Siskiwit Bay.

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Wyoming

Vedauwoo Picnic Site

Rock climbers can stop at the picnic site after exploring the granite outcropping nearby.

 

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