5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Atlanta, GA

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When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Atlanta.

Piedmont Park

An extremely picturesque park that is perfect for picnicking. Everything you’d want is right here: a Botanical Garden with a Children’s Garden for the little ones to explore, a romantic gazebo peering over Lake Clara Meer, a Farmer’s Market, sport complex, fields, and courts, wooded trails over Clear Creek, and stunning views of Downtown Atlanta. If you’re looking for a place to start, try The Meadow, Oak Hill, the Playground at Mayor’s Grove, or Legacy Fountain.

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Just a block away from Ponce City Market is this popular park, featuring a large lake and plenty of shade for a summer picnic. The park is South of Midtown and its Amphitheater, situated by the lake, is a beloved venue for concerts and events all through the year. Historic Fourth Ward Park is one of the best places to explore and play in Atlanta. There are manmade waterfalls, playgrounds with a splash pad, and several walking paths among beautifully landscaped gardens.

Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Take a break, head North, and travel just outside downtown Atlanta to find this fantastic oasis. Looking out over the Morgan Falls Reservoir, this park sits on a hill and offers the ideal views for a daytime or sunset picnic. You can spread a blanket nearly anywhere in the park or take advantage of the porch swings at the edge of the overlook. The porch swings sit under a well-crafted pergola and are great for photos. 

Grant Park

Every Sunday, this park comes alive with the Grant Park Farmer’s Market, featuring fantastic local eats and even celebrity chef demonstrations. Grant Park on a Sunday is a fantastic place to come when you want to picnic but don’t want to pack your own meal. However, Sundays are also the best only if you also don’t mind a more crowded picnic. Any other day of the week, Grant Park is the idyllic picnic haven, with large grassy lawns and beautiful walking trails. It is also home to Zoo Atlanta, which makes it a great place to spend the day adventuring and relaxing with the family.

Centennial Olympic Park

What was once the home of the 1996 Olympics is now a treasured Atlanta park. Lose yourself walking the trails or gardens in the park or marvel at the famous Fountain of Rings (one of many Olympic-sized and Olympic-inspired sculptures in the park). Sightseeing and picnicking go hand-in-hand in this park and it is a truly unique Atlanta destination.

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