5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Birmingham, AL

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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 Birmingham.

Avondale Park

This sprawling park is on 37 beautiful acres just East of Downtown Birmingham. It offers prime picnic locations for every type of picnicker. Plop down on a blanket or a bench beside the lake or enjoy a lunch on the steps of the Avondale Amphitheater. Avondale is also located next to Birmingham Public Library Avondale Branch, making it a perfect destination for anyone who wants to spend an entire day picnicking and reading beneath the shade of a tree.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

With 65 acres and more than 25 themed gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a must see. There are Formal Rose Gardens, a Japanese Garden, camellias, ferns, wildflowers, and even a vegetable garden. Birmingham Botanical has everything you could want for a stroll through nature and is free to the public. Picnicking here is always an option in their gorgeous, designated picnic areas with views of the garden. Or you can visit during “Flicks Among the Flowers”, a summer program that hosts movies in the garden. All you need to do is bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Ruffner Mountain

Follow hiking trails to build up your hunger before stopping at the one of the many gorgeous overlooks at the top. The top of the Quarry Trail and the Overlook Trail offers phenomenal views of Talladega National Forest. This park is great for anyone who wants to feel as though they’ve escaped the city. As you walk the trails you find plenty of benches to stop and eat, or if you hike way to your way to the top, large rocks on the overlook make for excellent picnics. There are also plenty of picnic pavilions available for those who prefer table picnicking to on-the-ground blanket picnicking. 

Railroad Park

The classic downtown park, with long expanses of open, green grass for laying out the lunchtime spread. Railroad Park also features a lake, skatepark, and views of downtown Birmingham. In the summer, this park is also an extremely popular site for outdoor concerts. Head to Railroad early in the day to enjoy an afternoon meal and stay through the evening to enjoy some fantastic music. 

Vulcan Park

A park at the top of Red Mountain, Vulcan Park is a haven above the city of Birmingham. When you climb to the top, you’ll see Vulcan Statue after which the park received its name. It is a colossal cast iron statue – the largest in the world in fact. Beneath this monumental art piece are open lawns perfect for a picnic under the sun and lookout points with beautiful views of Birmingham. We love picnicking in this park because it is filled with rich history, incredible artistry, and more than enough verdant space for an afternoon meal.

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