Best Places to Picnic in the NYC Area
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Prospect Park is a stunning natural area for a quaint picnic with family. Eat at one of the shady knolls or on the lush Green Meadow. After some tasty bites, play some baseball or birdwatch. You can also paddle in the lake or even fish. Check out the Prospect Park Zoo for the animal lover in you!
Picnicking in Queens
19th St. between Astoria Park S. and Ditmars Blvd., Queens
Pack up your picnic basket and head over to Astoria Park. While this park is best known for its pool, there’s plenty of time to picnic on one of the many benches or on the Great Lawn with the family overlooking the East River. Enjoy some tennis, basketball, or take a hike on one of the park’s trails after lunch.
Picnicking on Staten Island
Clove Lakes Park
Forest Avenue to Victory Boulevard, between Clove Road and Brookside Avenue, Staten Island
This special park is a protected “Forever Wild” site thanks to its ecological attractions like lakes and ponds, rocks, and its 300-year-old tulip tree! Bring a picnic feast to enjoy in this beautiful park and enjoy by the barbeque area or the middle lawn. After dining, try some paddling, baseball, or playground fun with the family.
Picnicking in the Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at Van Cortlandt Park South, Fieldston / Kingsbridge
There’s plenty of space to enjoy a relaxing picnic at Van Cortlandt Park. This park is the 3rd largest in NYC! Check out the Allen Shandler Recreation Area near the playgrounds, where you can use the grills for a scrumptious BBQ. Otherwise, head deeper into the Croton Woods near the picturesque streams. Play some sports or hike on one of the park’s many trails after lunch. Be sure to marvel at the various monuments situated throughout the park.