As it gets warmer, it’s time to give “let’s go out to eat” another meaning. Grab your basket and blanket because picnic season is here! There isn’t a five-course dinner at a restaurant that comes close to a picnic in the summer. No matter where you are in New York City, there’s the perfect picnic spot in your area. Here is a roundup of the top places for a picnic in each borough.
Brooklyn: McCarren Park
Located in between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, McCarren Park is one of Brooklyn’s greatest gifts. It’s the largest park in Williamsburg, which means plenty of grass to lay your picnic blanket down—or use one of the 18 family picnic tables. You can also turn a short picnic into a full-fledged day of fun by sticking around for a “Movies Under the Stars” screening or attending a free concert. There are tons of upcoming events so bookmark McCarren Park’s events page so you won’t miss out.
Manhattan: Hudson River Park
For a pic-worthy picnic, Hudson River Park is the ultimate pick. You get a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and even the New Jersey skyline during your time here. You can also easily pack your picnic basket at several food spots in the park itself. From Fresh&Co's sandwiches to Wafels & Dinges’s sweet treats, food won’t be a huge concern when it comes to picnicking at Hudson River Park.
Queens: Astoria Park
Astoria Park offers the most heavenly views of Hell Gate Bridge and the city. Anyone in NYC must watch the sunset here at least once in their life. The park is a favorite among Queens residents for its vast green space and peacefulness that are ideal for picnicking AND getting your tan on. The Park also houses the Astoria Pool—the largest public swimming pool in NYC. Go for a dip in the pool and follow it up with a picnic with your city-savvy pals.
Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park
For those crazy about nature and wildlife, Van Cortlandt Park will be their picnicking paradise. The park is heavily forested and has Bronx’s largest freshwater lake. After a picnic (check out the food trucks and eateries along Broadway for more food!), walk the calories off on Van Cortlandt Park’s scenic trails and spot for swans in the lake. Oh, and did we mention there are also horseback riding trails here?
Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Although in NYC’s forgotten borough, Clove Lakes Park will offer an unforgettable picnicking experience. The park is part of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation’s Forever Wild Program for being ecologically-rich. All around the park are little waterfalls that are just adorable! There are also beautiful tulip trees that’ll brighten any picnic backdrop or Instagram photo.
Where's your fave picnic spot? Let us know in the comments!