Summer is the best time to grab that picnic basket and head to the park. There are over a million acres of urban parkland in the United States. Check out these parks that are the best spots in the country to have a picnic.
Boston Common in Boston
The park in downtown Boston offers plenty of shade under hundred-year-old trees. There is a nice grassy area by the fishpond, which turns into a popular ice-skating rink in the winter. The public park is the oldest city park in the United States dating back to 1634. Flagstaff Hill has the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and is a great place to have some lunch and enjoy some history. You can order take out from a great restaurant called Beacon Hill Bistro. They will give you a free picnic basket and blanket!
Lyndale Park in Minneapolis
The park is part of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. It is on the lake’s North Beach and there are new floating docks nearby. There are lots of nearby streams and creeks and grilling is permitted in the tree-shaded picnic areas located behind the lake’s band shell. The Peace Garden, the Rose Garden, the Perennial Garden and the Perennial Trial Garden are four beautiful gardens located near the park.
Schenely Park in Pittsburgh
The 2nd largest municipal park in Pittsburgh has been named one of the coolest city parks in the country. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. The park is right next to the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, so it is a popular spot for college students. During the summer, the park hosts music concerts and movies on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. It doesn’t have to be the daytime to have a picnic!