For country folks, finding a great picnic location is quite easy as you’re already surrounded by the great outdoors. City and suburban folk have a bit more of a challenge, but fortunately there are many excellent resources available.
If you’re lucky enough to live close to the water, your local state beach or lake is undoubtedly the best place to take in fresh air with a view. Phone ahead to see if picnic benches, BBQ facilities and fire pits are available for use so that you can plan accordingly.
Live close to a national park? Look them up on their website to see what facilities they offer, and what the opening hours on, as well as costs, if any, to enter the park. Confirm if there are hiking trails and what distances are involved between the parking lot and the picnic spots. Ensure that the ease of the trail is suitable for all in your group.
Don’t overlook your local public schools on weekends. You may also be able to take in a fun session of sport practice while you munch, during football, soccer or baseball season.
Meet some new faces by heading down to the local RV park even without a four wheeled trailer. You’ll run into people having all sorts of adventures, and most RV parks will have basic facilities for outdoor recreation.
Dog parks often have basic facilities close to the enclosed doggie areas, and you’ll have ample entertainment as well as the four legged friends leap, wag, bark and fetch in front of you.
Whatever your denomination, places of worship often have wonderful outdoor facilities, concerts and pot lucks. Get on their mailing lists to receive news of their upcoming activities.
Check with your local forestry and/or wildlife departments to see what other suggestions they have in your local area, and enjoy the great outdoors!