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 Baltimore.
Free and open to the public, this Arboretum features more than 20 different gardens – meaning there are more than enough places to get lost or to find that perfect quiet, charming picnic spot. Picnics are permitted at the Arboretum, but no cooking is allowed. One of the best places to stop and enjoy a meal is in on the large, grass lawn in front of the Cylburn Mansion, a Civil War-era Mansion located on the property.
A free admission tulip garden that has been a Baltimore favorite since 1920. This is the best place for Spring/Summer picnics. You can spread a blanket on the ground surrounded by hundreds of colorful tulips. There are plenty of shady trees, some of which are flowering trees that add even more color to the park. There is no more beautiful place to relax, read a good book, or toss the frisbee around on a summer day.
Druid Hill Park
Druid Hill Parks offers a wonderful chance to escape the city without actually having to drive far from Baltimore. Druid Hill Park is a large, popular park, home to the Maryland Zoo, Rawlings Conservatory, and Druid Lake. Families enjoy visiting the zoo, monkey-ing around on one of the many playgrounds and chowing down under the picnic pavilions throughout the park. The Sundial Pavilion or Chinese Pavilion near Druid Lake are especially great for picnics and large groups.
Wyman Park Dell
Haven is the word that best describes this picnic location. Just south of John Hopkins University is Wyman Park Dell with walking trails that loop around beneath trees of many varieties. Large expanses of green lawns are available for picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Children can enjoy the playground nestled in the shade of trees. Setting down for a meal on the steps of the large monument in Wyman Park Dell is another great way to spend the day.
The crown jewel of Patterson Park is a Victorian-era Observation Tower, a wonderfully unique feature not to be missed. It is designed to resemble a pagoda and is open to the public. At night, this tower lights up offering a magical sight for an evening picnic. But, beyond than that, Patterson Park has it all – a swimming pool, playgrounds, pavilions, a boating lake, and plenty of open green space. You could return here again and again and still find new vistas to enjoy picnicking in.
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