A great way to express your love is taking him or her to a nice picnic in a gorgeous park. We compiled a list of the most romantic parks to picnic at.
16. Picnic at Golden Gate Park – San Francisco, CA
Be sure to come early to this amazing park. All the best spots get snatched up fast. But with all the great scenery this park has to offer, it’s no wonder it is a popular choice for a picnic, “Golden Gate Park is one of the world’s most popular picnic spots, and it’s easy to see why. With its wide, grassy lawns, tea gardens, an arboretum, equestrian trails, and—most famously—a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s one of the most idyllic urban parks in the country” (Krisanne Fordham /CNN Traveler). If you’re looking for an amazing park to take your loved one for a date, this one is one of the best choices.
15. Arches National Park – Grand County, UT
In the Spring, the park is filled with hundreds of wild flowers. You can enjoy a nice picnic and a fun hike as you gaze at the beautiful view. A great serene place with your loved one. “It’s hard not to fall in love while hiking around and viewing the spectacular natural wonders on display at Arches National Park. Frankly, the park is just plain beautiful and when you’re there, in the thick of it, you get this sense of peace, relaxation, and total appreciation” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks).
14. Central Park – Manhattan, NY
Let’s not forget the beautiful strolls through Central Park as you take your loved one for a romantic picnic. “Manhattan’s ultimate refuge can be found around the 22-acre Central Park Lake, where visitors watch necking swans and couples gliding in rented rowboats” (Food and Wine). After that romantic boat ride watching swans courting, you and your loved one can relax on your blanket in the grass for your picnic.
13. Virgin Islands National Park – US Virgin Islands
Who doesn’t love a gorgeous beach picnic? “Grab two Piña Coladas and hit the white sandy beaches of Virgin Islands National Park for the perfect romantic retreat. What better way to reconnect and unwind than getting some sun and waves together?” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks). Sitting by your loved one at a gorgeous beach while enjoy a delicious picnic meal. What more could you ask for a romantic picnic?
12. Thames Barrier Park – London, England
“Thanks to its location on the north side of the River Thames (next to its namesake civic structure), this sprawling park is an incredibly popular picnic spot for tourists and families. The park also features gorgeous gardens and dancing water fountains, perfect for cooling down on hot summer days” (Krisanne Fordham /CNN Traveler). A prime spot to take your loved one to the park. The gardens create a wonderful romantic atmosphere for couples enjoying their picnic.
11. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve – Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Yukatat City and Burroughs, Alaska
Take your loved one to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve for a chilly place to enjoy picnic that includes a warm meal, a hot cup of cocoa, and watching the beautiful scenery. Couples can feel a sense of secluded intimacy in park that requires visitors go by plane or boat. “One of Alaska’s most accessible national parks, Glacier Bay boasts rugged snow-capped mountains surrounding sheltered water that provides access to tidewater glaciers and wildlife sightings such as puffins, otters and grizzly bears” (USA Today). After a fun picnic in the Alaskan wildlife, go out on an awesome cruise to see the whales.
10. Al-Azhar Park – Cairo, Egypt
“This beautiful public park, nestled in Cairo’s city center, offers outstanding views of the Salah El-Din Citadel, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, Cairo’s skyline, and other historical sites. It’s a popular spot for local families and tourists to picnic in the summer” (Krisanne Fordham/CNN Traveler). If you don’t feel like cooking or preparing for your picnic don’t worry. You can buy the food and drinks from within the park. How cool is that?
9. Acadia National Park – Hancock, Main
Ready a romantic picnic by the seaside? “Within Acadia, you and your loved one can choose from all the typical and enjoyable park activities: hiking, camping, bird watching, biking, and more. For a secluded moment, try taking a blanket and hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a romantic sunset (or sunrise)” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks). You may even spot a whale as the two of you watch the beautiful ocean.
8. Villa Borghese Gardens – Rome, Italy
How about a quiet little picnic in the park? Explore the beautiful historic sites at the Villa Borghese Gardens with your loved one for a gorgeous romantic getaway. Afterwards you can go to the Gardens’ park for an ideal picnic. “The Villa Borghese gardens, near the Piazza del Popolo, is a picnic-perfect landscape for escape” (National Geographic). A great romantic scene filled with chilled wine, pasta, and history; a perfect choice for couples.
7. Haleakala National Park – Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is always a top location for romantic getaways, especially a picnic. There you can enjoy the wondrous smells of the ocean air, relaxed in the tropical scenery, and adventurous exploring the island’s wildlife. A great picnic park location is the Haleakala National Park. “There are two different ways to enjoy Haleakala National Park: You can hike the volcanoes and even the famous crater at 10,000 feet (It is quite the place to enjoy the sunrise); or you can explore the waterfalls and pools at Ohe’o Gulch, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks). Have a serene romantic picnic by the Sacred pools or a waterfall to make it a perfect date.
6. Patterson Park – Baltimore, MD
Patterson Park is a great location for a picnic in the park. “The banks of serene Boat Lake are prime spots for watching mallard ducks and the occasional peregrine falcon” (Food and Wine). Soak in the sun, the serene lake, and the sound of cute ducks in the background. Hide your bread though; those ducks have a hunger for it.
5. Yoyogi Park – Tokyo, Japan
This park is a beautiful sight to behold. When you take your loved one here, be sure to come in the spring. Gorgeous cherry blossoms sprout forth and make an amazing view. “Steps from Harajuku Station and the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, Yoyogi Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in Tokyo. Not only is it gorgeous almost all year round (snowy winter excluded), the park also features snack huts that sell food, ice cream, and beer—so you can leave that picnic basket at home” (Krisanne Fordham /CNN Traveler). Be sure to check it out.
4. The Rincon Mountain District Saguaro National Park – Tucson, AZ
Desert couples will love this choice for a picnic. “The Rincon Mountain District offer ample opportunity for romantic horseback riding, hikes to view native plants and animals, and areas to stop for a picnic. You may also choose to tour the Tuscon Mountain District for more guided activities like nature walks and guided hikes” ” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks). A gorgeous red and orange backdrop as you watch a desert sunset together on your picnic at the park. What more could you ask?
3. Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn, New York
When one visits New York, one has to see the Statue of Liberty. So why not make a picnic out of it? Bring and picnic and take your loved one to the amazing Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Unbeatable views include the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty in the distance” (Food and Wine). New York is full of wonderful views to see on your park picnic.
2. Skinnarvik Park – Stockholm, Sweden
If you couples love watching sunsets over a city skyline then this is a prime picnic park for you. “Who says you need grass to have a picnic? At Skinnarvik Park (also known as Skinnarvik Hill) in Stockholm’s Sodermalm district, locals and tourists alike lay out their spread on a scenic, rocky hill that overlooks the water and city skyline. Skinnarvik Park is also the ideal spot to watch the sun set over central Stockholm” (Krisanne Fordham /CNN Traveler). Cuddle with your loved one while sipping wine as you watch the beautiful city.
1. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site – Hyde Park, NY
The park at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is another great choice for a romantic picnic. Stroll through the park, explore the beautiful gardens, or check out the historic sites at this national park. Couples can really enjoy a romantic getaway as they sightsee the scenery together and afterwards relax. “This is a perfect day-trip for the city couple looking to get away from the day…Pack a picnic and take your date on a romantic stroll at this national historic site” (Lauren Himiak /US Parks). Couples who are real historian fans will love it.
What are your favorite choices? Where did you go for your romantic picnic? Comment below.