Best Picnic Locations in NYC

What could be better than a nice picnic outside? Although the best picnics can happen on your terrace with a couple of good friends and a bottle of wine, the romantic upgrade of going outside is definitely worth the journey. There are many great points for a picnic in the 5 boroughs, and all you need is to go outside discover them. So, grab a bottle of wine and some sandwiches, call out your friends, and you’re ready to go!

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Cherry Hill – Central Park

Cherry Hill is a little humble piece of heaven: A gentle slope of grass overlooking the lake and the lush trees of the ramble. This is a perfect spot to feel secluded, enjoy a picnic, read a book, or sunbathe. In mid-April and May you can also catch the cherry blossom bloom.

How to get there: Go west of Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Overlooking downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, this spot has it all… you can’t get more of the city’s feel while sitting on nice green grass than that.

How to get there: Main and Plymouth Streets, Brooklyn

Van Cortlandt Park

This is the 4th largest park in NYC, and offers two ways of enjoying its massive ground: You can go for the arranged picnic area in the Allen Shandler Recreation Area, with tables, BBQ spots, ETC, or, if you wish to have a more of the beaten experience, venture into the wooded parts located in the Northwest Forest, or enjoy the quietness and the peaceful streams in Croton Woods.

How to get there: Broadway, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

prospect park lake

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Prospect Park Lake

Perfect Scenery, crystal clear reflections and all-in-all idyllic views is what you’ll get at this spot. Just locate yourself on the green grass and enjoy the scenic and perfect location.

How to get there: Enter from Prospect Park West and 15th Street, or at Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Ave, Brooklyn


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